Posted February 10, 2012 by Hilary Kennedy in Beauty

The Body Shop Skin Care Test Drive


sobering fact: a blackhead is a blackish or yellowish plug in the skin that is caused by overactive oil glands. As it hardens, it gets darker in color.  Ewwwwww. Now, I will be honest and confess that I usually wash my skin only once per day, use a light moisturizer, and sometimes use eye cream (if I remember,) before bed…..which doesn’t do much to keep this disgusting reality from happening.  Turns out, I may be doing too little to keep my skin healthy and looking younger for as long as possible.  Are you?

The Body Shop has kindly asked me to participate in their Skin Care Test Drive in conjunction with the Galleria Dallas Beauty Live Event that takes place March 17th and 18th.  What makes this event so exciting is that it gives everyone a chance to experience beauty on another level with the best experts and brands in the beauty business!

I went into The Body Shop yesterday to have my skin consultation with Lori and be given a handful of products to try until the Beauty Live Event.  She handed me a myriad of products that I started using last night, and I want to share what they are as I chronicle this journey.

  • Vitamin E Cream Cleanser
  • Vitamin E Hydrating Toner
  • Camomile Gentle Make-up Remover
  • Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream
  • Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
  • Vitamin C Skin Boost
  • Vitamin C Facial Radiance Powder Mix
  • Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer
  • Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream
  • Vitamin C Facial Radiance Capsules

This is a MAJOR change from my typical beauty routine, but I am going to test drive the products over the next few weeks and report the results.  Does extending your beauty routine or spending a little more on quality, natural products make a difference in your skin?  I can’t wait to find out.

On a side note, I learned a few things about The Body Shop that I hadn’t heard before.  They are committed to Community Trade, which gives workers a fair wage and helps communities all over the world improve the quality of life.  Instead of using huge corporations to get many of the ingredients in their products, they use small towns and villages.  Their loyalty to helping these smaller communities thrive is intriguing to me.  There aren’t many companies today that would put loyalty and humankind before the bottom line.

I also learned that The Body Shop doesn’t identify your skin type and then give you a “set” of products for that skin type.  They believe each person is different, so there isn’t necessarily one “set” regime that works for everyone.  (It also makes me happy to hear they don’t ever, ever, ever test on animals.)

So, I begin this journey to see if better skin is out there in the form of natural products and a bit more dedication on my part.  Please follow my progress and the join me and a lot of beauty lovers on March 17 and 18 at Galleria Dallas!


Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlusStyle, focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusMedia.