Monday, 5 June 2017

The Body Shop's Youth Liquid Peel, all it's cracked up to be??...

I received two hundred messages about this little green beauty so I'm finally putting my thoughts on blog!

Even though I'm a tad conflicted..
I personally really like it!
but I can see it not being for everyone..
if you're a super low maintenance beauty lover with decent skin, maybe skip this and stick to a regular exfoliant but if you're ok with an extra step or feel your pores are clogged/you go heavy on the foundation regularly, this IS FOR YOU.

Let's start at the beginning!

^ Elliott is SO nosy.
I try to be 10000000% patient and understanding since he's seeing basically everything for the first time.. /really understanding things but MAN. lololol
just as an example, he really loves watching America's funniest home videos, and luckily so do I.
unfortunately it's not as much fun watching when you have to in very detailed, detail, explain every single thing that happens... because he likes to know "what's that?" "what are they doing?" "where are they going?" "why did they go there?" "what made them do that?"  .........cont.
I love his thirst for knowledge.. but I'll be happy when I'm not his sole teacher. hahah
I saw the Drops of Youth, Liquid Peel on The Body Shop's Instagram stories about a month ago,  the model used it on her skin and I knew I wanted it!
It was unlike any product I owned so I needed it.
The model pumped a drop onto her dry skin, massaged in and her skin magically peeled away.
but did it work like that for me, you ask?
it basically looked exactly like the model had shown!
I removed my makeup with a miscellar water, allowed skin to fully dry, then pumped two beads of gel onto my finger tips and massaged circularly onto my cheeks.
(I did the cheeks and nose area, then used a new pump of gel on forehead.)

This is what the skin looks like after a minute of massage ^
the liquid starts to 'dry' and you'll see your alleged dead skin etc. start to form.
really quickly your skin starts to feel dry and those dead clumps seem to start sticking to your peach fuzz, this is when I panic and rinse face with water but that only seems to partially solve the problem.
see below:

even after washing with water and drying you'll have some sticky pieces that refuse to leave your skin.
DO NOT rub vigorously...
trust me, I tried and it did nothing but add redness and irritation.
The first time I used the peel I was quite disappointed, seeing my skin immediately after and having those little pieces stuck like that was discouraging.
I posted about it on Instagram and a few people said this is a common result with peels, they said it doesn't flawlessly remove every speck for an immediately smooth look, but they will fall off shortly and your skin will feel fresh. 
After I showered the next morning I noticed the little flecks did fall off and my skin did look a little more 'glowy' than it had before I used the peel.
so I trudged on! 
but this time I added a few steps..
I started by removing my makeup.
then used the Youth Liquid Peel.
then washed with warm water and the Kate Somerville daily cleanser.
finish with a gentle moisturizer, like the Origins Drink up mask (technically a mask but I find a thin layer left on overnight is SO hydrating and non harming on sensitive skin)
Washing with a cleanser after the liquid peel got rid of a lot of those left over clumps and any remaining are gone by morning.

I was skeptical of the peels whole "this is all your dead skin, build up, etc!" claim.
I exfoliate regularly and take decent care of my skin so to lose that much extra gunk 1-2 times a week with the peel seems questionable...
so I tried it on the back of my hand this morning to see if the gunk would look any different ^
and I will say it took a lot longer to see the gunk form (as the back of my hand is normally always makeup free and clean lol)
also, the colour of the gunk was very white/clear and the junk that comes off of my face is definitely tainted with foundation/ more dirty looking for sure!
so that's interesting!
Final thoughts: 
- I really like this addition to my skin routine, my skin does feel more baby like fresh and I can also see a glow that wasn't there before. It just rids you of that old dull layer, without going too deep and leaving you with skin burn. (thankfully, lol)
- It didn't dry me out!
I was scared to use this 1-3 times a week! that seems like a lot for a sensitive skinned gal but surprisingly (followed by moisturizer) it didn't dry my skin out any more than a normal face cleanser/exfoliator.
- do not use in the morning!
just a tip, its best to use in a before bed routine and not immediately before a special occasion.. just stay on the safe side! at the very least you'll probably have some little bits stuck to your peach fuzz like I did.. so just avoid that at like, your wedding or whatever. lol
- the price is right!
after looking on Sephora for similar products, I am shocked that The Body Shop option is only listed at $25!
the others seem wayyy pricier and yield similar results (from what all my intel told me! aka IG messages. thank you girls!)
So that's that!
I'm pretty impressed and I'm not alone, check out my girl Samantha Jane, YouTube guru, and her May favorites!
See the Youth peel at 9:50 mark ^
I wasn't thinking to take some after photos of how my skins been looking but I'll post a couple of selfies below just to show that my skin seems to be doing well, I haven't had any major skin changes or break outs..
Its just been overall happy to normal skin!

^ with makeup

^ without makeup!

so let me know what you think!
I hope this blog post is easy to understand.. sometimes explaining things like skin care on paper can get confusing but I tried to simplify it. (like, peach fuzz gunk stuck.. is there an easier way to write that! lol!)
have you tried a gel peel??????
will you try this one???

I will continue to use and right now I can see myself repurchasing but you know I love trying new things so I can't commit to this exact brand!

but the price is 100% on point so unless I REALLY feel the need to try something similar to compare that after use peach fuzz stickiness situation.. I'll probably stick to the youth peel!


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