Skincare Review: The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

This gorgeous pot of buttery face cream from The Body Shop has shot straight into my Sensitive Skin Good Buys category. I don’t actually have a Sensitive Skin Good Buys category, but maybe I should create one, because products for sensitive skin are most definitely a frequent query. The as yet non-existent category would definitely contain the entire Toleriane range from La Roche-Posay (the light moisturising fluid* is an absolute dream for sensitive skin that’s also on the oily side) and I’d pop the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser* on there along with Avene’s quite brilliant Soothing Moisture Mask* for a solid – pleasingly affordable – start.

But already I’ve digressed; this was supposed to be a quick review of the Aloe Soothing Day Cream from The Body Shop, not a list of all of the other things I’d put into the same category. I meant to do a thirty second flash review, not sit here at my desk into the early hours comparing various skin soothers. The owls have started hooting, everyone is asleep and here I am drafting a new post for people with skin that’s dry and tight, maybe a bit itchy. People who have gone a bit overboard with the face peels, or have been out in the sun and need something to calm and repair.

That will no doubt take me another five years to publish, so for now it’s back to the Aloe cream. Focus. What does it do, how does it feel? Well, unlike the aforementioned Toleriane Fluide*, which has a runny, lightweight consistency, the Aloe Soothing Day Cream feels more buttery and robust. Still, it’s not greasy, so if you’re prone to a touch of oiliness in the t-zone then this wouldn’t bother you too much. (Properly oily skin would probably be better with the Toleriane, I think.)

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

In terms of what it does, I’d say that it gives good, long-lasting hydration and comfort for those with skin that’s on the dry side. The aloe is calming, there’s glycerin for effective moisturisation and the formula is alcohol and fragrance free. It’s nice if you’re dry, it’s nice if you’re slightly sensitive and it’s great if you want a non-complicated cream to follow your acid toner with or to buffer your retinol with a bit, if you’re new to retinol and easing yourself in gently. (Good call.)

I have no idea why the Aloe Soothing Day Cream is a day cream, because there’s no reason you couldn’t use it at night and it doesn’t particularly contain anything that’s better for daytime use (there’s no SPF, which would be the main differentiator, I would have thought), so if you like to keep things simple on the beauty shelf and just want to own one fairly simple moisturiser that hydrates and soothes then this would be perfectly acceptable.

But if my skin was very sensitive and flaring up at the drop of a hat, rather than just a bit tight and dry, then I’d probably step things up a gear and (if we’re sticking to the relatively affordable, easily available product section of the online beauty department) go for something like the Cerave Moisturising Cream (£5 here*), which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier. (If extreme dryness was my complaint then I’d make a beeline for Weleda’s Skin Food (£10.95 here*) which is so ultra-rich it’s reserved for only the driest of skin.)

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream for Sensitive Skin Review

I’ve just noticed that Angelica has been sticking her fingers into my pot of Aloe Soothing Day Cream – jars and pots containing things she’s not supposed to touch hold a great fascination for her. And I think she watches me apply my creams and potions and likes to copy, but I am more than happy for her to occasionally smother her face in this one. (She actually randomly blobs it on and forgets to rub it in, so “smothers” is probably an exaggeration.) It’s gentle, absorbs well and inexpensive.

You can find the Aloe Soothing Day Cream at The Body Shop here* – it’s £13.

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  1. Rakhi
    May 15, 2021 / 10:02 pm

    I got a skin problem after using this..lots of rashes are occured at my face..dont know what to do..This cream doesnot suit me..

  2. Souhaila
    March 9, 2021 / 4:07 pm

    I have acne prone skin but my skin in a little dry so i’m wondering if this will break me out ? :(

  3. October 30, 2019 / 6:37 am

    Sounds amazing. I’m adding this to my list of “Pictures You Can Smell”. I love thick but non-greasy textures. But sometimes, even if the label says it’s good for sensitive skin, I would still feel a bit of stinging around my nose area. Will probably give this a try when I’m done with my moisturizer.

  4. August 20, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    Hi I’m bonnie I develop a problem of itching face and neck now it develop the dark patches on the neck and oround the face what can i use to get rid of this

  5. Katrina
    August 20, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I started using this about 6 months ago and love it! Am onto my second pot now. Like you say, no fuss and very soothing. I do really like the night cream version too which does wonders to my irritated skin and clears redness. Not too pricey but very nicey.

  6. Alex
    August 19, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    Hi Ruth, this sounds lovely. While you’re on the subject of sensitive skin products, I don’t suppose you can recommend any good shampoo and conditioner for really sensitive scalps? xx

    • August 19, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Yeah Klorane is nice! I also really like Davines. xx

  7. August 19, 2019 / 4:12 pm

    I love all the body shop products good for value

  8. August 19, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    I enjoy a lot of the Body Shop products and I love anything with aloe in it so I wouldn’t hesitate to grab this pot the next time I pass TBS on my daily walk to the office.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  9. August 19, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    Hi Ruth
    I came across your videos recently on YouTube and after watching a couple of your beauty segments, I was hooked. I find them really informative (and oddly very relaxing – they destress me!) Please reassure me that once you get ‘The Night Feed’ up and running, you will not be abandoning your beauty blog/posts, as you are now my ‘Go to Woman,’ for all things beauty. Thank you for it all! Justine.

    • August 19, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Haha, not at all! I should hopefully be posting more regularly if anything. I’ve had to pour all my attentions in the direction of the app recently. xx

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