Review: Skincare: The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost

by Paris B on · 47 comments

in General,Product Reviews,Treatment

Not many skincare products from The Body Shop thrill me. I used to use their Vitamin E cream but it did not work out for me after a while. So, when I first read about how effective The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost was, I was quite sceptical. So sceptical in fact that I only checked it out in the store and put it back because I wasn’t sure the silicone feel would work for me.

A couple of years later, I came across this glowing review on the Vitamin C Skin Boost on Beetrice’s Reviews and something in me snapped. I had to try it!

What this Vitamin C Skin Boost does is to give a boost to the skin of your face. It promises to brighten the face, improve elasticity, neutralise free radicals and soften skin and restore suppleness and strengthens the skin’s natural defence system. All very lofty claims indeed. But what is it really?

I treat the Skin Boost as a treatment serum. The bottle doesn’t really have much information on it and it doesn’t even tell you the order in which it should be applied on your face or what it even is. I’d have liked information that says whether it should go on before moisturiser or if it is in itself a moisturiser. Online, it says it can be either.

I treat it as a serum so I apply it straight onto cleansed and toned skin day and night and then apply my moisturiser on top of it. By itself, I don’t think it offers enough moisture for the skin. It doesn’t feel any oilier with moisturiser on top of it which is nice.

The bottle is really quite small. 30ml in a glass bottle with a pump. The serum is a clear light gel texture with a strong citrus smell. The prevailing smell is that of oranges which is very rejuvenating and uplifting for me especially in the morning, and again in the evening after a long day. It doesn’t last though if you are sensitive to fragrances.

Only very little is really needed to cover the whole face as I find the serum very easy to spread. I’ve found that when I apply it on my skin, it leaves the skin looking quite matte and feeling very smooth. I find that there is a cool feeling on the skin too, rather minty and if I happen to get some Skin Boost on my lips or around my lips area it tingles a little.

I did wonder if the “boost” factor was due to the glycerin based gel which made the skin feel so smooth and nice. If so, the effects would be only temporary.

Only having introduced this one new item into my daily routine, I noticed after 3 weeks that my skin seems to be looking better. I was not having a lot of skin problems before, but my skin colouring did tend to be quite uneven, with redness on the cheeks and nose area. Just before I started with Skin Boost, I was also having some upheaval with my skin where it was breaking out in parts.

After 3 weeks, I found that my skin was feeling substantially smoother and looked clear and more even toned. I have some old acne scars and some uneven skin texture around my cheeks but in the 3 weeks I was using Skin Boost, the skin had cleared up. There was even a bit of a glow which was definitely not attributed to oiliness! Because my skin was now more radiant and felt more supple, my acne scars and pores actually looked less prominent than before! My skin tone was clearly more even – I did not have to use as much concealer or foundation in the day – and my skin was just generally looking so much better than before.

The clincher was when I went for my monthly facial and had my facialist tell me that my skin was looking very good and better than when she saw me last.

I knew I was onto something good!

Some information on Vitamin C

Vitamin C by itself is supposed to be a good antioxidant and has anti aging effects due to it fighting free radicals. In terms of skincare, I have been aware for a long time about the benefits of Vitamin C for the skin – healthier stronger more radiant skin and better collagen production resulting in more supple skin. In fact, due to its antioxidant properties, I’ve read recommendations for the Vitamin C serum to be applied on the skin before sunscreen to boost the protection of the skin. I’m no expert though so I cannot confirm this.

However, I also know that Vitamin C is sensitive to light and oxidises very quickly in the air and turns yellowish when it does. So, when you buy a product which says it contains Vitamin C this is something to note. I would guess that this is why this Vitamin C Skin Boost from The Body Shop comes in a glass bottle that is covered completely by the orange plastic label to protect it from the light. This has its down sides because you can’t really tell how much is left. I did unscrew the top of the pump to check and even after 3 weeks of daily use it still looked pretty full.

I honestly do not know stable the Vitamin C in Skin Boost is but as the gel pumps out everyday in a clear form, and my skin continues with its upward trend of radiance, I’m fine with it. :)

A bottle of Vitamin C Skin Boost retails for RM79.00 for 30ml at all The Body Shop stores. It can seem quite pricey, but I can see that this one serum will remain in my skincare regime for a long time to come. I don’t have a before and after picture but you can check out Beetrice’s Reviews for her picture testimonial on this product that sold me on it. I recommended it to my sister and she too has experienced a marked effect after just 1 week. She has sensitive skin and has not experienced any problems using Skin Boost so I reckon its alright for sensitive skins too. For those interested in ingredients, the key ingredients are Lanolin, Vitamin C and Orange Flower Water.

Pros: Light texture, Evens out skin tone, Skin is more radiant and clearer, lovely citrus scent

Cons: Not enough information on how to use on the product label, can seem pricey to some


Update 2011: This was a good product while I was using it. I no longer use this because I have found it contains too much silicone for my preferences. I now use other serums. Reviews can be found here.

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prettybeautiful July 2, 2008 at 10:05 am

i hopped over to see beetrice post and i had the shock of my life. really worked that well??? I have tried the capsules one before but it did not do me anything good other than leaving it feeling matte. i think i want to go for this after finishing my clinique moisture surge


Nikki July 2, 2008 at 11:19 am

My friend gave me a bottle before but I guess she had it with her for quite sometime and she gave it to me like late…because it smelled FUNKY and it’s just not working!!! I guess after reading your post about this, I have to give this a try!


Andie Summerkiss July 2, 2008 at 11:37 am

Aahh I have always wondered how it really performs. I think I will get it for my neck especially. I just realised that I have been neglecting it for a while now …


ParisB July 2, 2008 at 11:38 am

Prettybeautiful: Yes, it does work that well. For me anyway. This is a serum not a moisturiser so it’ll work under moisturiser.

Nikki: It should smell really orangey and lovely. Do try and see.

Andie: You have a lucky neck! 😉


July 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

I used this, it worked for a while and then stopped working. Guess it doesn’t work for all, but glad it did for you :)


beetrice July 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

thanks for the pimp! :) glad to know it worked for you and Pinkelle too…hmmm, I’m wondering now if I should start asking Body Shop for sales commission…hahaha…


sesame July 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Interesting! I noticed the Vit C they’re using is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate which is considered as more stable and pretty promising. Hmm…I may like to try this too. I’m currently using John Masters Vit C Serum and it’s good, but rather ex. I’ll see how this compares.


ParisB July 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Tine: Hmm… I’ll have to see what happens after a bottle.

Beetrice: Well, we put PE’s bottle on your card! 😉

Sesame: Wow! I’m so glad you are so knowledgeable about ingredients coz I had no idea what its contents were! Thanks for letting us know :)


Ms. Blacklace July 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Ooooo I wanna try…..

Nothing beats citrus smelling skincare.

Oh yes… You should check out . They sell 100% pure tea tree oil and it’s cheaper than the body shop. A 50ml bottle of 100% pure tea tree oil costs like… S$31.90 and I’m currently using it as a toner because I finsihed my apple cider vinegar.

Because putting undiluted pure tea tree oil on your face can dry and irritate it, I make a 5% solution by using the ratio 1:19. So like.. 2.5ml tea tree oil + 47.5 distilled water. From what I read, if it is lower than 4%, it won’t really help. So I guess 5% is okay.

Anyway, using it as a toner, the down side is that you have to splash your face with water after using it. It will sting a little bit when you apply it. On areas that are clear, there is no feeling. But on areas that have clogged pores, it has a slight burning sensation. But it goes away after rinsing.

The upside is, you save on pimple cream. Just dab the solution using a cotton bud on pimples and it dries up very quickly! And it smells nice too!

Solution can be used on insect bites, minor cuts and burns including sunburn.

just remember to shake the solution well.

I wonder how long is the shelf life of the solution. Haha.


July 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I’ve been using this for a while now too – there’s SOME improvement on my face… too bad I don’t have conclusive evidence (ie, before and after pics) to back that up.

Not stating how to use it on the label is one thing (I’ve been told it’s supposed to be between toner and moisturiser), but now I’m resorting to using the end of the pump to scrape up whatever serum that wasn’t sucked up at the bottom. 😛


Monstro July 2, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Wow this stuff sounds good. And I have been researching a bit on Vit C. If it’s Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, then yes, it’s a more stable version, so that’s good. I’m currently using Skinceuticals AOX eye gel–which is basically a vit c (L-ascorbic acid) serum for the eye area. Only problem with this stuff is that it’s really effective initiallly, but as you get to half way down the bottle the vit c seems to have oxidised and the effectiveness wanes. Such a waste of the rest of the bottle! Must give this Body Shop one a try.


ParisB July 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Ms. Blacklace: I’ve seen Thursday Plantation around so thanks for the tips. I’m sure it’ll help many.

synical: So long as your skin feels better, its working. Great tip about when it hits the bottom of the bottle!

Monstro: Thanks for affirming the qualities of this Vitamin C! I hope this one doesn’t oxidise halfway too!


July 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm

This sounds really good! I’m definitely going to try it out.


abby July 3, 2008 at 2:16 am

Ah. Another nice Body Shop product. But, i thought that lanolin is not a good ingredient? Or have people been deceiving me? It works THAT well? Gosh.


ParisB July 3, 2008 at 10:53 am

Rinnah: Yes its definitely worth trying.

abby: I know some people are allergic to lanolin. But somehow, this one seems to work fine.


Jooj July 3, 2008 at 1:42 pm

i too use thursday plantation tea tree oil! add 4-5 drops to an aspirin + raw honey mask. it stings at first, but really kicks the aspirin mask up a notch or two.

wait, why are we talking about tea tree oil? isnt this post about vit c serum?? sounds like a must-try!


jannie July 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Hi sorry that I’m hijacking this thread… I am just wondering if anybody can tell me if this thursday plantation tea tree oil will help to ease insect bite on children’s skin. My daughter has ultra sensitive skin, whenever she has insect bite, she will develop a lump at the affected area. After few scratch due to itch, it gets worst. Will be oil or the cream (i saw the site has the antiseptic cream too) help in her condition?
BTW, I’m also using the vit c skin boost and I love the smell…. And my face feels very very smooth after applying it. Love it.


ParisB July 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Jooj:LOL… its ok… I’m compiling all this into a new post which may be more helpful later.

Jannie: As far as I know, tea tree oil is excellent for soothing insect bites. This and Lavender oil but Tea Tree Oil appears to be better because it can be used directly on the skin while Lavender is not advisable to. A cream might be easier to carry around and apply but I would think the oil would be better in terms of potency.


July 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Another heads up: there’s quite a bit of the stuff at the bottom which the pump doesn’t pick up. Also just figured out that if you use a Starbucks splashstick, you could also use that to scrape, but the texture’s not quite the same anymore. Not sure if it’s due to oxidation.


Giddy Tiger
July 3, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Seeing how many similarities we have, I should give this a try too, huh?
I think I did try it before though, but cannot remember exactly.


jojoba July 4, 2008 at 1:48 am

ok just one quieston. i swear by pure vitamin e oil. so how is this compare to vitamin e oil since you also use that? thanks


ParisB July 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Synical: thanks for the tips. I’ll try to work out a system when I get to the bottom.

Giddy Tigress: Well only if you need it m’dear!

jojoba: I’ll be thinking about this over the weekend and report back next week!


akiki July 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I had been using the Vitamin C Eye Reviver from the body shop for a long time.
I must say that i do not like it at all since i could not see any changes on my eyes.
The SA told me that it is good for dark circles, wrinkles and also eye-bags(this was the main reason for me to buy it), and it cost about RM65~RM69 for this 30ml bottle.
I felt that i was cheated and i will never buy any skin care products from the body shop in the future….

p/s* Their body wash are really good, worth to buy and try!


July 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

was wondering, if the eye serum from this range works?
after i am done with my neutrogena serum, i feel like trying this out! 😀


ParisB July 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Akiki: I never really have faith in products relating to the eyes from any brand! However, different products from the same brand may work differently so sometimes, it may be worth trying something else. As you say the bath stuff work great.

plue: I’ve never tried the eye serum so I can’t tell sorry.


Rene July 17, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I used to purchase the Philosophy Vit. C powder that you add to your lotions. I loved it, but it was too expensive (IMHO). However, since it stayed in powder form until you used it, it didn’t oxidize. The other day while wandering through my favorite health food store, I saw that you could buy Vit. C powder by the pound…dirt cheap! Do you think it’s the same stuff and would work on skin?


prettybeautiful September 3, 2008 at 10:36 am

i bought this :( and i am breaking out like mad. i think it is not for me…


ParisB September 3, 2008 at 12:01 pm

@prettybeautiful: Perhaps its the silicones. Not everyone’s skin can handle silicones.


wen October 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm

hi =)
im wondering if this is suitable for oily skin as well?
im suffering from a bad bout of acne all of a sudden,
i suspect it’s prolly cos of sch stressors.



Daisy October 16, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Oh yeah..This really works! I’ve been using their Vit C & E products including Skin Boost for more than 3 years. I still remember after the first week or so of wearing Skin Boost & Vit C Night Treatment. I have not had enough sleep and rest for a while during that time. After the first week of using these stuffs, people in the office and friends actually noticed that my skin was radiant and glowing.

So I have to say, I’m officially a loyal Body Shop addict since then. I have tried most of their Vit C & Vit E products that’s locally available and I swear by Vit C Cleansing Face Polish, Skin Boost, Night Treatment and Energizing Facial Spritz. Vit C Eye Reviver also did nothing to me. For Vit E, I really love Sink-In moisture mask (worn over Vit C night treatment). Its really worth trying if your skin is prone to dehydration due to working and sleeping in air-con.


ParisB October 16, 2008 at 11:50 pm

@Daisy : Glad to know the range is working for you. Thanks for the info on the different lines and products.


quyen September 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

can you apply it around the eye area?


ParisB September 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Hi quyen

I won’t advise it. Body Shop has one product specifically for eyes.


ALVEENA August 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

i want to try the body shop vitamin c skin boost, infact i’ve almost bought it many times, but i wonder if it’s made for oily skin… my skin is prone to white heads… will it make it worse?


minnie October 7, 2010 at 2:25 am

dont buy such an expensive product dat gives no result at all…wastage of money!! above all ur skin would become dull and dry…it gives me a low form of pimples…theeir whole vit c range is wastage of money and worst..its better to buy a rs.50 pears facewash….


titi August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

soo should I apply it before or after moisturizer?
and will it be advisable if I don’t apply moisturizer at all and just apply the loose powder after?


ParisB August 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Before moisturiser and if you feel its hydrating enough, you can skip moisturizer but I don’t recommend it from personal experience and from recollection. I don’t use this anymore. It stopped working.


janet October 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Hi, Paris
Just curious if you are still using this body shop vitamin c skin boost ? Thought of getting one after reading your review.


October 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I don’t use this anymore Janet. After about 2-3 bottles, I found the texture was too silicone-y for my preferences. I now use other serums depending on my needs and you can read about them here.


Minni04 April 3, 2013 at 12:50 am

Search for ebay seller zarizaza14

s/he sells a vitamin c regime that comes in a lil pack which costs more than £30, but atm it’s at £17.50 and the bottles seem to be full size too. I got mine in the post yesterday.. loving it! Getting ready for summer! Yay! Excellent product


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