Greetings, ladies! Hope that 2012 has gotten off to a great start for all of you. Before running off to attend the first of two January weddings I’m slated to be at, I will leave with you a review of one of my favourite products: the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver.

Photo courtesy of thebodyshop.co.uk

There is a lot to be said about this innocuous-looking 30ml bottle of serum. Read on to find out more.

Let’s start with the basics. The Body Shop professes that the Skin Reviver accomplishes all of the following:

This instant radiance-booster refreshes and smoothes skin and enhances its natural glow.

  • Enhances natural radiance
  • Contains light-reflective particles
  • Gives skin a silky-smooth finish
  • Can be worn alone or under make-up

And here is why I love this product!

  • Texture and Consistency: Smooth, relatively fluid and spreadable, as many silicone-based serums tend to be. (Interestingly enough, the Body Shop doesn’t list Skin Reviver as a serum, but instead categorises it under “moisturisers”. Note to you girls considering buying this – it doesn’t really moisturise your skin, so use it under moisturiser!) Because it’s so fluid, you don’t need much for your entire face, one pump will do plenty.
  • Versatility: This stuff works great as a makeup base during the day and helps keep my Bobbi Brown SPF15 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser in place for hours. I also like to use it at night before sleeping, massaging it into my skin until it’s 100 percent absorbed – I always wake up with happy, fresh skin the morning after.
  • Performance: It has been about 8 to 9 months l months since I began my once-daily Skin Reviver ritual, and I have to say that I am impressed by the Skin Reviver’s track record. My skin tone is noticeably more even and brighter, I break out less often, and in general, my skin feels smoother and softer (not just because of the silicone, either!). As it often is with many other serums, do not expect overnight results with Skin Reviver – it takes its time to work, but once you realise how much better your skin is faring as a consequence of regular use, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It took me about 8 weeks to see the difference, so patience is key here. I believe this is attributable to the Vitamin C-packed Camu Camu berry extract plus extra ascorbic acid in the formula. I will admit here that I have not paid much attention to its “light-reflecting particles”, which I dismiss as mica doing its thing, and am far more partial to the product working on enhancing skin’s brightness and radiance over time.

Now, as I’m fairly certain most of you beautyholics are aware, the Body Shop’s Vitamin C range is a continually evolving one. At one point less than a year ago, Skin Reviver was called Skin Boost (supposedly same formulation and same bottle, but different consistency – this will be further explored in the paragraphs below). And before that, Skin Boost boasted an entirely different formulation and bottle than its successor (see Beetrice’s and Paris B’s reviews circa 2008 for more details).

Skin Boost v. Skin Reviver Formula Comparison

This topic warrants an entire section of its own! There are a few major differences in formulation here, but you won’t find these differences on the ingredient list, which are carbon copies down to the last letter. However, each formula becomes very distinct upon use. Here’s a visual aid:

At first look, it’s evident that the Skin Boost formula is much thicker, more consistent and thereby less inclined to spread than the fluid Skin Reviver’s. It comes as no surprise then that quantity-wise, I needed more of the old Skin Boost formula to cover my entire face and it took longer to sink in, whereas the new Skin Reviver glided on and absorbed more efficiently. The Skin Boost formula also feels markedly more silicone-y (i.e. slippery and dense) than the Skin Reviver’s. I actually much prefer the Skin Reviver formula to Skin Boost’s, although Skin Boost worked just as well for me – simply because it feels much lighter on the skin when applied. Both formulas remain pretty sparkly despite their overt differences, though.

Pour conclure, my skin is far happier and healthier for Skin Reviver once a day, and perhaps yours might be too (unless you’re ultra-sensitive to silicones in your facial products, hi Kahani dear!).

For those of you who are interested, a 30ml bottle costs MYR 89.90 in Malaysia, SGD 39.90 in Singapore and a comparatively tame GBP 13.00 in the United Kingdom (point of reference: after currency conversion, this is about half the Singaporean price). Girls, get your stash of Skin Reviver (or any Body Shop products for that matter) in the UK if you’re ever there. The price differential is staggering due to unadjusted currency conversion rates, taxes, what have you!

Lastly, for your reference, here’s the ingredient list as lifted off the Body Shop website:

Key Ingredient(s)

  • Camu camu berry
  • Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil

Full Ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Parfum, Ascorbic Acid, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Polysilicone-11, Linalool, Limonene, Silica, Benzyl Benzoate, Aqua, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, CI 77891.


3 thoughts on “Review: The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver

  1. Pingback: ksuan’s Skin Profile + All About Ro-Accutane | belle demoiselle

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