The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum for sensitive skin

January 15, 2014
The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum ($21 for 1.0 fl. oz.)
The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum ($21 for 1.0 fl. oz.)

I grabbed this serum right around Thanksgiving during one of The Body Shop’s sales because I was just looking for something new to try. I’ve been using Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum (read my review), and felt like I might be able to benefit from using a more moisturizing and protective serum as a second step after applying the lighter weight Clarins serum, especially through the winter. The Body Shop’s Aloe Protective Serum is a pre-moisturizer serum designed to reinforce skin’s natural barrier, and features gentle ingredients appropriate for sensitive skin.

I’ve been curious about The Body Shop’s serums, and this is the first one that I’ve tried. I was drawn to it because the claims are very simple, and the ingredients list appears to be relatively simple, as well. It’s a milky white serum that feels like a cross between a gel and a light cream, and it has no fragrance. There is a bit of a smell, but it’s not strong or offensive.

$21 for one ounce of product seems fairly reasonable as far as serums go, although I will say that this isn’t really a product in which a little goes a long way. It isn’t super light weight or spreadable, so I find that I do need to use a full generously-sized pump of it to cover my face. Thus, the bottle feels like it’s emptying out pretty quickly. I expect to run out of this in a month or so, which means my bottle will have a lifespan of about 2.5 months.

The bottle says that it provides pre-biotics to reinforce skin’s natural barrier. In case you’re curious, pre-biotics are basically food sources meant to cultivate good bacteria for healthy and balanced skin (or other organs). This is slightly different from pro-biotics, which are basically supplements of the actual bacteria themselves.

Generally, I’d say this serum is ok. I don’t see dramatic results from it, but it’s not really that kind of product, so that’s fine. My main reservation is that it’s not the best for layering among a lot of skincare and makeup because it has some issues with pilling and rubbing off. For most of the time that I’ve used it it’s been something I reach for twice-daily, but as I get a little more tired of the layering issues I’ve started just reaching for it at night. I will say that the longer I let this sink into my skin, the better the results are in terms of pilling, but I don’t find giving my skin a 10-minute break after applying this serum to be all that practical when I’m getting ready in the morning.

I can see this possibly being a good product for those with simple skincare and makeup routines, but personally I won’t be repurchasing it. I don’t want to have to tiptoe around and change my skincare and makeup habits to accommodate it. While the fact that it’s disappearing quick on me is bad in terms of dollar value, it’s good in that it means I can finish this up and move on to a different product before too long. The bottom line is that this is good in theory, but not as good in practice.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lanolin, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract.

The Aloe Protective Serum costs $21 for 1.0 fl. oz. and is available at The Body Shop.

Have you tried it? Are there any serums from The Body Shop that you enjoy?

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