About Drops of Youth
- Product: The Body Shop: Drops of Youth (concentrate serum)
- Price: 13.99 USD
- Initial Purchase Date: 4/2/2017
- Vendor: Ulta Beauty Supply
- Reason for Purchase: I don’t find that I often incorporate serums into my life. I usually go and get a second-hand serum from my mom to make up for the fact that I don’t want to buy one. However, I have been changing my skincare routine to match the Korean standard (where their skin routine can include up to 10 products a day on face alone). I’ve used The Body Shop products before, and I decided to give them another go.
Back in the day when I have lived in Germany, The Body Shop was actually pretty popular there and that is how I discovered it. I’ve used their Honey and Oat 3-in-1 Moisturizing Scrub Mask as well as their Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask. Both have worked very nicely on my skin and have been reviewed well by other users.
The Drops of Youth serum says on the box: “Enriched with plant stem cells from criste-marine known to help enhance skin surface renewal and organic Community Fair Trade babassu oil to nourish and convey the potency straight into the skin’s upper layers (epidermis)” (2014 The Body Shop Int’l PLC, BN17 6LS, UK).
The box also includes how many people (not sure if this includes clinical studies or how they got their data) agree that they found their skin looking: Smoother (84%), Firmer (79%), More even (77%), and Fresher (75%). It says that this was based on an independent study of 43 women (nothing about age, gender preference, race, or skin condition). I am to put 2 drops from the dropper on my skin twice a day.
I am not familiar with these ingredients or their uses. However, the field of stem-cell research in regards to topical application is in its infancy, so as of right now, it’s more up to us as testers to figure out whether or not the products are working. So that leads us to the ingredients.
- Glycerin – humectant; A sugar alcohol compound which is water soluble. It prevents skin from drying out by drawing up moisture through skin layers to slow and prevent excessive dryness and water evaporation.
- Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus) Powder – Due to it being a seaweed extract it is packed full of vitamins and minerals which are vital to the maintenance of healthy skin. Perhaps the most interesting property of Chondrus Crispus is its ability to protect against UV rays. Making it especially useful in the development of sun screen.
- Mallow (Malva Sylvestris) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract – a skin conditioning agent; there is not much information about this plant other than it makes marshmallows and it can help alleviate dry skin (Source).
- Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Flower/Leaf Extract – skin conditioning agent; supposedly, there are potent antioxidant properties to thyme extract; however, there are insufficient evidences to support this claim (Source).
- Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil – emollient; also known as babassu, the seed oil functions very much like coconut oil. The acids in the oil help to condition the skin and keep the skin moist.
- Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate – skin protectant; there isn’t much information on this particular plant other than it can help push antioxidant enzymes to work harder. Check out a blog post by Eunike Marliana Sumitro who used a CY Lab product with the same essence.
- Sodium Hyaluronate – Humectant; sodium hyaluronate is the sodium of hyaluronic acid. It is able to penetrate the epidermis and hold water to the skin so that the skin looks more volumized and youthful. Learn more about Sodium Hyaluronate.
- Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract – skin conditioning agent; although there is not much information on this extract, there are other products that have it. These products promise to reduce wrinkles and lines (Source).
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – skin conditioning agent; aloe is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to soften and condition skin.
- Adenosine – skin-conditioning agent; it also has the ability to boost collagen and tighten skin so the skin appears more youthful (Source).
From what the The Body Shop: Drops of Youth ingredients tell me, there is a high chance that The Body Shop: Drops of Youth will help my skin will retain moisture well (due to the hyaluronate) as well as enjoy a good conditioning to keep away dryness. My skin has been dry lately due to the weather, and that can really be a pain when you are battling acne. My skin isn’t producing enough oil and that is clearly affecting my ability to keep my face from breaking out. So, hopefully The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum will only enhance my skin’s ability to retain moisture.
I found that I actually enjoyed using The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum. It was much easier to use than the Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum as it actually blended well into my epidermal layer and did not react to the other products on my face by “pilling”. That was something I looked for right away because for those of us who have a more extensive skincare regimen are looking for ingredients that play well together. In this case, The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum played very well with all the other oils, creams, and serums I used on my face.
The marketing for The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum promised “Softer skin” and “Moisturized skin”. This was supposed to happen after one month or four weeks.
I honestly felt as though nothing really changed in my skin. I enjoyed having The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum on and I felt that it really rested well on the epidermis (as I mentioned before). However, I found that when my skin is soft, it is usually very obvious. I put on almond oil and my whole life changes. I can feel my skin soften over the course of the day as the sweet almond oil does its job. However, The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum was not the first product I would use to get softer skin. My skin is definitely much dryer right now as I used The Body Shop: Drops of Youth during the spring and now this is fall 2017. The air is dry and I have to use a heavy cream to protect my skin. But in all honesty, I would have to try this product again in the winter time to determine whether or not it helped soften my skin over the course of 4 weeks. As I said, I did not notice a difference, but I would definitely try again because I felt it was worth it.
I do agree that my skin felt more moisturized when I used Th Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum than when I didn’t. Moisturized does not automatically equal “soft” (so I am not retracting my last statement above). But I do remember that my skin was never, ever dry. I was never flaking (as I am now) and my skin never showed signs of wrinkles (which is why moisture is so important in preventing and diminishing fine lines). But after I stopped using The Body Shop: Drops of Youth serum and I began using another serum to provide a more “matte” finish to my skin, my skin became flakier and thirstier. I had to compensate using a night cream. Before this, I would only use Naturopathica Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17 to moisturize my skin. Now, with the winter coming and the seasons changing, my ability to produce my own oils has gone down. The Body Shop: Drops of Youth have helped in this regard and for that reason alone I know I will revisit this product again and update on my findings.
When I went to check out The Body Shop: Drops of Youth online to look at other reviews, I was surprised to see that it has a 5/5 star review out of 341 reviews on The Body Shop website. I am not surprised because I don’t agree. If anything, rarely does a serum live up to the expectations even part way. What I was surprised at was how gentle the internet was on The Body Shop: Drops of Youth. I was not expecting such praise. But I agree with one reviewer, who said that “I loved how this serum felt going on my skin. It immediately made my skin visibly more hydrated” (SleepyBean) Source. I agree, SleepyBean. Later she mentioned that it made her break out. Do not be SleepyBean. Exfoliate when you use any product made to enhance moisture.
I also agree with Emily12, who reviewed The Body Shop: Drops of Youth as:
“I really never noticed how much I love these [The Body Shop: Drops of Youth] drops until I ran out. It’s so smooth to apply, and you only need a small amount. I apply it every morning before my makeup and it makes my skin look super smooth and it feels so soft. Not oily at all. I definitely feel it helped smooth some existing fine lines on my face and probably has prevented new ones from forming as well! It’s worth buying this product, especially when it goes on sale. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]”
Well said Emily12. I agree. Another reviewer had said that she was recommended the product by a friend and when she looked it up, bloggers were raving about it (Source). I am glad that I was able to add my own experience here as The Body Shop: Drops of Youth does deserve a round of applause for creating a strong product that was able to deliver on the core of its purpose, which was to help moisturize skin at the epidermis level and reduce those fine lines by promoting soft skin.
Good job Body Shop, your Drops of Youth have done it again!