The Body Shop Liquid Peels in Drops of Youth & Vitamin C

These Liquid Peels from The Body Shop have been out a few months now. The brand clearly thought they were onto a winner as they introduced them into the Vitamin C, Drops of Youth and Drops of Light skincare collection.

They’re a relatively new product concept on the wider skincare market, but do run the risk of seeming a little gimicky. But are they?

All the peels are pretty much the same formulations with the exception of a few ingredients that relate to each range. They’re both lightweight and nicely fragranced gels that you apply to the face and work in using gentle circular motions. They start to ‘clump’ up and ball up on the skin – this is their design. The residue is then to be removed afterwards using a facial cloth or muslin cloth.

Sadly and rather disappointingly, the first shared ingredients are very poor and don’t particularly do anything. At their most basic, the’re very, very mild exfoliators that are frustratingly loaded with a huge amount of alcohol. Once the alcohol evaporates, the carbomer then starts to clump up giving a ‘peeling’ effect.

Skin feels smoother afterwards simply because you’ve very midlly exfoliated and also wiped the skin down with alcohol. Try wiping the back of your hand with a spot of rubbing alcohol and notice how smooth it feels; same thing with these.

The Body Shop claims that this effect of peeling lifts and unclogs dead skin cells and impurities in the skin and pores. I just don’t see it, either with my eyes, hands or looking at the ingredients.

Now I’m a huge fan of both of these ranges and have been for a long while; I particularly love the Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate that I reviewed very recently. However with the Liquid Peels – both of them – I just didn’t feel they did a thing at all. They’re fun products and smell great but from looking at the ingredients and testing them out with extreme hope; nothing.

I’m really disappointed in the Liquid Peels and I can’t stress any more how much I didn’t want to be. Their full ingredients are at the bottom of this post. If you’re looking for gentle chemical exfoliation that cleanse and help unclog pores, check out the following great options:

The Body Shop Liquid Peels Drops of Youth Full Ingredients

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-80, Parfum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Eryngium Maritimum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.

The Body Shop Liquid Peels Vitamin C Glow Revealing Full Ingredients

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-80, Parfum/Fragrance, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Mel/Honey/Miel, Limonene, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Isopropyl Alcohol, Linalool, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:21 November 3, 2018
Rachael Buck

The effect of these on my skin is ALOT different to how it appears on your hand.

I have very sensitive skin so I can only use very mild exfoliants, but having acne means I still have A LOT of dead and dirty residue on my face which builds up over the day.
As it comes off, the colour difference and texture is very noticeable and you can clearly tell it isn’t just product – very different to the photos above. The different between this and mild exfolient scrubs is huge too as you don’t need to ‘guess where to scrub’ as it sticks more evenly to all areas of your face due to the consistency, meaning a more even exfoliation.

I don’t believe this product works for everyone…so many people buy it wanting a miracle or expecting a professional peel, or when it isn’t suitable for their skin type… but this product is amazing for me as it doesn’t irritate; keeps back the dead skin cells (so notably less spots) with giving an even finish all over. Not every product is suitable for your skin, people need to know what to use and not expect miracles.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 08:25 July 25, 2018

I’m so glad someone has put this out there, as I felt exactly the same when I tried it recently and for the price of it I needed to make sure it was going to work like it said. I wanted to see what others thought are and they were all good, but I was still hesitant. So thank you for your honesty and confirming my first thoughts.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 16:16 June 4, 2018

At first i thought its gimmicky, that the formulation clumps rather than actual “skin peeling” however i performed a little test, i did the back of my hand with a pump, washed it off, and repeated a few times. By the third time there was no clumping whatsoever, not sure if this is a fluke but it seems to actually work

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