The Body Shop has a range of products called Drops of Youth, which tackles the first signs of aging and has a name that sounds promisingly like the Fountain of Youth. Now, who wouldn’t like that eh? 😀
I haven’t tried the other products in the range, but I was offered to try the newest addition – the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask and I had to say yes. I mean, just look at the name. Bouncy Sleeping Mask. Boing! I wanted to see if it was indeed bouncy and if that bounce would translate on my skin. Boing! 😀
The product comes in a box, in a heavy, flat glass jar which rather surprised me when I first received it. It’s a large, flat jar. So large, it barely fits into the palm of my hand and unfortunately, what this means is that it isn’t a travel friendly product packaging. TBS might want to reconsider their packaging for this because sleeping masks make very good travel partners!
But you know, it wasn’t the packaging that got me. It was the texture of the mask. It’s …. unique! 😀
The first thing I noticed was the texture of this sleeping mask. They call it a bouncy sleeping mask, but when you open the cover, you get a very very smooth surface of an opaque white paste.
But if you shift the tub from side to side, the paste will move so it isn’t solid. It reminds me a lot of tofu or tau foo fah, or pudding. It has that solid, firm, yet bouncy texture that is very interesting.
But the other interesting this is that you will always, ALWAYS get this smooth surface every time you open the cover. The product settles itself every time, so it always looks brand new and pristine and inviting you to dig in with your spatula!
No, not to eat, but to slather it on your face 😀
See how it stretches? The spatula is included, by the way. I often lose spatulas like this, so I sometimes just dig right in with my fingers. But if you use your fingers, it is quite hard to pick up the product for some reason.
It’s like a pudding in that sense. It’s easy to eat a pudding with a spoon, but it isn’t as easy to with your fingers. Sort of the same principle applies (No, I’m not hungry despite the food references LOL!)
You may notice from this swatch (which looks interestingly like a bird or camel, as you will) that it isn’t solid, but a little runny. This makes it easy to spread on your skin.
By now, I think most of us are familiar with the concept of sleeping masks right? Most people in Asia or who use Asian skincare would be. But this concept seems to be catching on well with the Western skincare brands. What a Sleeping Mask is, is a product that you apply to your skin like a cream mask, and then go to sleep in it without washing it off. You do wash it off the next morning when you wash your face (you do wash your face in the mornings right?!). What sleeping masks do, primarily, is offer hydration.
I found that this TBS DOY Bouncy Sleeping Mask took some getting used to for me. The first was the texture. When I use sleeping masks, I tend to be generous with it. But I found I felt uncomfortable if I applied the product too thickly.
The texture of this mask, to me, has a slippery, almost oily feeling and it feels heavy on my skin if I over do it. It also then takes a long time to dry and may mark your pillow case if you aren’t careful. When I wake up, I get an oily feeling on my skin. I wasn’t crazy about that. The trick therefore, is to use a light layer of product and apply it a little while before bed so it has time to sink in.
It is quite hydrating, that much I’d give you. So you don’t need a lot of product, but there is also that underlying oily feel that remains on my skin the next morning. I wonder if that’s the ‘glow’ people are talking about? The other thing about this white goo is that it kind of ‘melts’ on contact with your skin, so you do have to work quite quickly to spread it out before it slips out of your fingers.
The second thing I had to get used to is the scent. It has a rather strong sweet scent which I seem to identify has hints of jasmine (?) so I’m not a fan of the scent. It does linger and for this reason, I don’t use this mask as often as I should.
I do read of many glowing reports of use, where many many people claim that they wake up the next morning with a glow to their bouncy, moisturised skin. I however, cannot attest to that. I do not get an exceptional glow nor bounciness to my skin. It does not go toing toing! Or even boing boing!
But it does feel more hydrated as happens when I use sleeping masks, and my skin feels more comfortable. If you have dry or dehyrated skin that you aren’t already treating the way I treat mine, then you may notice this preternatural glow and bounce to the skin. But if you are already operating on a hydrating and anti-aging regimen, then this is a maintenance product, not a miracle. Manage your expectations accordingly 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is a product you use either on its own in your evening routine after cleansing and toner and then leave it on overnight, or you can apply it over a serum and leave it on like a night cream. It is formulated with Edelweiss stem cells (which makes me want to break out into song) and has a unique texture with a memory foam formula so you are faced with a pristine surface of product every time you open the jar. Use the spatula included – it’s the best way to pick up the product, and don’t be too generous with the product as I find it feels a bit oily on my skin. I do attest to better hydrated skin in the morning, but I don’t experience the glow and bounce to the skin that many people are claiming. Perhaps my skin is already doing its best. It’s not young anymore.
PROS: Don’t have to use too much product, Skin feels and looks hydrated the next morning, Nice for lazy evening routines or when you just want to apply something quickly and get to bed
CONS: Strong sweet floral scent, Heavy glass jar makes it non-portable, Has a slight oily feel to it
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes using sleeping masks, Anyone who has dry or dehydrated skin or who wants some extra hydration
Here is the ingredient list for the Bouncy Sleeping Mask:
While I’d use this since I have it, it isn’t my favourite sleeping mask. I personally prefer the Laneige Sleeping Pack for hydration (it doesn’t leave an oily feeling on my skin when I wake up and has no scent) and if I want something to give me a glow the next morning, I reach automatically for the Sulwhasoo Overnight Mask. But I do realise both of these brands aren’t easy to find outside of Asia so I can understand why this TBS Bouncy Mask will be popular elsewhere, especially in the UK, where I see many bloggers raving about it 🙂 Apologies for not. Raving I mean 😛
Have you tried this sleeping mask with it’s interesting texture? Do you use a sleeping mask often?
I use it on days when I’m lazy or too tired to do my whole evening routine. It’s much easier and quicker, to slap on a sleeping mask and fall straight into bed, rather than mess about with lotions and potions! 😀