Love and loathe: Skin

This mini blog series is pretty self-explanatory: I’ll rabbit on about two products, one of which I’ve been loving and the other… well, I can do without!


The two products I’m talking about today are skin items which I was initially super excited to try out. The first is the Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask which Dr. botanicals kindly sent me to review. The second is the Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived body lotion, which a fair few people have been raving about. But which one do I love and which one do I loathe? Buckle your seatbelts and take a few deep breaths, because you’re about to find out.


Dove, I love your hair conditioners, I love your soap, I even love a bit of your moisturiser from time to time, however I’ve loathed this body lotion. An ex-colleague of mine would always have a glorious tan and I begged her to tell me the secrets of her streak-free golden glow. She referred me to this stuff. It has worked absolutely horrendously on my skin. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I needed the darker one (though my skin is fair, so perhaps not).

One thing I will say is that the smell is lovely when applying. This quickly lost its charm, however, when after a few hours, my legs began smelling of that typical fake-tan scent. Which would have been acceptable, had it worked at all. The ‘healthy-looking bronze glow’ I was promised was more ‘pasty legs with faint orange patches around the ankles’.

Guys, this literally did nothing for me. Then of course when I went to shave my legs in the shower, I would swill off the razor and lo- and behold: the ‘gentle tanners’ would swim away in the water – though where they were hiding on my skin, I don’t know. Sorry, Dove: I tried and I tried – about eight times, daily, in fact – but this is something I loathe. Disregarding my summer skin being revived down the drain and in terms of a body lotion, it was meh. A little tacky even when dry and didn’t moisturise my dry bits… just made them faintly orange.

IMG_20180720_172219_701, how cool are you? This sleeping mask was the first product I’ve tried from the brand and has set me up in hopeful anticipation of other products they have to offer. As a whole, this mask greatly reduced spot breakouts – genuinely, honestly, litttterally. It also brightens my skin on a whole and smooths things out… I like looking at my face in the morning when I’ve had this on overnight.

On application, the cream is fairly light and doesn’t really smell of anything I can pinpoint. It’s almost scentless, but there’s a little hint of something, you know? Not unpleasant by any means. Depending on how much you use, the product will sink into your skin without needing to worry about messing up your pillowcases. However after a few uses, I’ve preferred to layer it on a bit so it feels more… masky. Your girl loves a face mask.

Super simple to wash off in the morning. Et voila.

As well as the pomegranate extract which is high in antioxidant activity, other ingredients include sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba, sunflower seed wax, shea butter, and the list goes on. It’s 100% natural, 100% vegan and 100% bunny friendly and cruelty-free. Of course with all the natural goodness, it’s also 100% fresh, so if you have a dabble, make sure to keep it in the fridge. (The cool mask will also amount to a fabulous pamper!), I absolutely love this and need a never-ending supply. Pertaining to My Skin Story, which you can read here, I’m hopeful that this brand will contribute to some gentle healing. I’m now on the hunt for other innovative, natural, ecological and vegan-friendly skincare treatments you have to offer me. Bravo!


By claireleahwrites

Birmingham writer and mom. Winging, unhinging, sometimes singing.

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