I’m always on the hunt for skincare for oily skin that doesn’t consist of stripping foaming cleansers, alcohol-based toners and instantly-evaporating “balancing” gel moisturisers. And who does it well? Duh, The Body Shop.
These two items joined the overflowing basket of skincare that is my life when I went along to the opening of The Body Shop’s new Queensgate store a few weeks ago. The store’s flash, but it’s the products that matter, and the Seaweed range is pretty dope.
There’s a cleansing gel in the range, but I’m a heavy duty cream cleanser gal, so I left that on the shelf (although I’ve got my eye on TBS’s cream cleanser in their aloe range, and yes we’re on such informal terms that I can use the acronym now #skincarebffs).
This is an alcohol-free toner, which is awesome to find in an oil-balancing range. Too often brands use alcohol in formulas like this because it can be anti-bacterial, degreases instantly and evaporates quickly, changing how your skin feels—so you feel like it’s doing something. Alcohol is really drying and can compromise your skin’s natural protective barrier, however, so it’s not a miracle ingredient.
I’m not completely against alcohol in skincare (plus, there are a ton of different types of alcohol in skincare, many of which are beneficial!) but when you see it near the top of the list in a toner, you probably want to avoid it.
BUT! This toner doesn’t have alcohol in it. So forget everything I just said. Instead it has seaweed and cucumber extracts, which are probably nice for the skin, and more importantly, it’s rich in glycerin. Glycerin is a hydrating ingredient—uncommon to find in skincare for oily skin, but essential. After all, a lot of oily skin types are also dehydrated.
I like to run a quick cotton pad or two of this toner over my skin after cleansing and before moisturising, on days that I’m not using an acid toner. (Side note: I’m testing The Ordinary‘s glycolic toner at the moment, and spoilers, I like it!)
I rate gel creams. You could argue they’re just gels re-packaged in a tub so people feel like they’re richer than just a gel moisturiser, and you might be right, but they have a texture that works for moisturising my skin, so I like them.
This formula is rich in glycerin and also contains some oils, something which is again, fairly uncommon in skincare ranges targeted for oily skin. But, again, an oil on oily skin isn’t problematic by default. I mean, I don’t put straight oil on my face all the time because I know my skin doesn’t jive with it, but oils in a gel formula are fine.
Plus, this gel cream is comfortable, absorbs quickly, and works nicely under makeup. Sweet!
Have you tried The Body Shop Seaweed skincare range? What should I try next?