There are times when you can’t help but be amused by coincidences and right timing.
I had been looking for a new face mask for quite a long time when I ran into a couple posts talking about the The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask.
With such a name it isn’t likely that you will forget about it, but the fact that Caroline Hirons reviewed it and thought that it was a good product that delivered on what it promised put it firmly on my radar. As I have a The Body Shop store in town I simply had to try it and share my opinion.
So if you want to read my two cents on this mask, continue onto the review below.
The texture of this product is very hard to describe. When you open the generous jar (90g) it looks as if it is a regular cream. However as soon as you scoop up some with the spatula provided, it will turn into a strange gel-liquid mixture while the rest of the product in the jar will self-level. Yep, something out of a science fiction horror film!
The product is contained in a beautiful green toned and flat glass jar. It is aesthetically pleasing but not the most convenient packaging as it weights quite a bit and it does not fit easily into your hands.
I may or may not have already fumbled with it a couple times.
As for ingredients, I love that The Body Shops lists them on their website as I am trying to learn more about what is in my cosmetics:
Aqua/Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil, Polysorbate 20 , Diheptyl Succinate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Caffeine, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Linalool, Citronellol, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Limonene, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum
I can immediately spot moisturisers/humectants like Glycerin, babassu palm oil or sunflower oil. Caffeine and adenosine are some other interesting ingredients, specially after reading this post by fifty shades of snail on adenosine. Finally, there are ingredients like xantham gum which give the product its particular viscosity and texture.
When it comes to the results, I could not be happier with the product. It certainly does as it says: your skin looks fresher, brighter and plumper.
After some trial and error I found that the best way to apply the mask and not create a huge sticky mess on your face is to apply a small quantity. Simply scoop a hazelnut size with the spatula and warm it/liquefy it between your hands. Then apply all over your face and neck
As this is a mask that you sleep with, it is ideal to lock in all your night skincare products so that you make the most of them. I find that the mask can be used after your serums and in place of your night moisturiser.
If you gently pat your face when you have it on you will feel a slight tackiness, so beware if this is something that will drive you up the wall.
If you can deal with the bizarre texture and the slight sticky feeling, you will wake up with a refreshed skin indeed. I have even used it as a SOS remedy after I had a
gigantic noticeable hormonal break out only to wake up with a much brighter visage and less apparent and red pimples.
Have you tried overnight masks?
4 thoughts on “The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask”
Very interesting (and thanks for the link!). The texture sounds like Mizon Returning Starfish Cream, which also self-levels. It’s a strange feature in a beauty product.
You are welcome! It was a very interesting post.
And yeah, I felt like a kid playing with playdoh at first! XD
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I have this mask in my routine right now (yes, another Caroline Hirons victim here) and so far I like it. My skin feels very moisturized and supple after using it, and while it won’t be Holy Grail for me, it is a nice and very affordable mask to keep in your stash.
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For me a mask you sleep with is a very novel concept. And yeah, supple might be the word I had been looking for! It feels so nice and looks clearer. As I have sensitive skin the clear part only lasts until I wash my face though, then it goes red as usual hehe For me it is an excellent combination of an affordable product, easily accessible in town and that delivers what it promises. Win win win for me!
I find it very amusing that the blogosphere doesn’t seem to be that big after all!