One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make my skincare game strong. I wanted to have proper steps in place, instead of just washing my face and using a facemask every so often. Being a teenager, my skin has got ISSUES. I won’t lie, my face is spotty and can get very rosy- hence the blushing. I’ve had this desire to fix it on and off throughout the years, but I had no idea what I was doing or what I needed.
Initially, I just watched skincare routines online to give me some advice on what products I needed to be looking for. My main aim with my skincare routine is to target the spots and redness, on a bit of a budget. I mean I didn’t want to go full blown everything on the cheap, because I’ve tried that before, but I DEFINITELY didn’t want to go for Sunday Riley… a girl can dream. Anyway, I eventually stumbled upon The Body Shop which I had never considered for anything other than their body butters.
I trawled through their website until I decided upon the Tea Tree range, there were other options too. This was ideally designed for spot-prone, oily skin- perfect! To determine what products I needed from the range to use I spoke to a skincare specialist on their website via a live chat. I asked all my questions and they recommended the products in order to kit out my new regime. These are the products I have used and some thoughts on them, bare in mind I have been using them since January so these are my views after 4months of using them:
1. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash £6: This is one of the cleaner option available from this range and I’ve found it definitely works to clear the skin. However, it is not my favourite product because it doesn’t lather fully and is difficult to really work into the whole face- maybe I’m using it wrong? Or maybe I need to try the foaming cleaner from this range. If I have worn make-up that day then I cleanse before this step to focus on taking off the products, so I cannot say how this product does with that. To remove my make up I use the Soap and Glory Cleansing Milk which is much creamier and easy to apply.
2. Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner £6: This is probably my favourite product so far. I find it really refreshing and the next morning when you wake up you can see the skin tone evening out much more.
3. Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask £8.50: This is slightly more expensive but you only have to use it once to twice a week, so lasts a long time. It is an exfoliant and I use it best as a face mask which I massage into the skin and leave for around 20minutes before washing off. Honestly, I forget about this step a lot but I am trying to remember! It has a very strong tea tree scent (Duh!), just a warning though it makes my eyes really sting.
4. Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution £13: I got this in a set for Christmas, so it was the first product I tested. It was weird using an oily product to try and combat my excessively oily face but it seems to be working. This is the target serum that makes this routine aimed at fighting spots. So far it does keep away those large spots that seem to takeover my face, but hasn’t eliminated the smaller bumpier ones.
5. Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion £9.50: This is the day moisturiser that was suggested to me by the advisor on The Body Shop live chat feature. I do like it and it was a step I was fooled into avoiding previously- with a fear it would increase my oiliness. However, I think it makes a difference in hydrating my skin and making it appear plumper.
6. Tea Tree Night Lotion £10: Apparently your skin needs more moisture at night so this is like an advanced version of the day moisturiser. I like it, but it doesn’t really feel much different from the day one.
My final thoughts are that I love that all the steps are working towards the same aims and that they all create one routine. Whereas, in the past I used lots of different brands at once which all claimed to do different things at once. Since using it I would say that I have actually experienced some dryness on my face, which it a surprise! I think I might have to change some products, but they do have many different ranges so I could just try a different moisturiser. Overall though my skin has improved, it is clearer with a more even skin tone and I have had less ‘obvious’ breakouts. Also, the advice on their website is useful for complete newbies like me who really had no idea!
Hopefully, this has given you some tips if you’re looking to develop or change your own skincare routine. I think The Body Shop skincare can get overlooked, especially on the highstreet, with Boots selling such a wide range. This is just my experience so far, I think the main thing I have learnt is not to expect overnight miracles from these products- consistency is key.
Let me know what other products I should try and if you’ve tried anything from the The Body Shop skincare!