I have always been a big fan of The Body Shop. When I was a teenager I used to spend my pocket money on Born Lippy fruity lip balm and big pots of their iconic body butters. As I have gotten older, it has become more important for me to know what I am putting on my skin and as my awareness grows I want the beauty brands I use to grow too, and The Body Shop are doing just that.
Their latest offering of five new face masks really hit the nail on the head in terms of what I look for in the perfect skincare. Made with natural ingredients, never tested on animals and 100% vegetarian, all delivered in the most beautiful glass pots (definitely the kind you keep afterwards to put on your dressing table). Oh and did I mention they are free from parabens, paraffin and silicone!
Each mask is specialised for different skin concerns:
Himalayan charcoal purifying mask
British rose fresh plumping mask
Amazonian acai energising radiance mask
Ethiopian honey deep nourishing mask
Chinese ginseng & rice clarifying polishing mask
Since I suffer with oily, uneven skin I chose the Chinese ginseng & rice mask which claims to illuminate, even and revitalise.
Firstly, the scent.
I was worried it would have quite an overpowering fragrance thanks to the ginseng, instead it has a really subtle zingy smell that reminds me of limes and lemongrass. It is one of the best face masks I have ever smelled, and for me it really reinforces the natural ingredients aspect of these face masks.
Next, the texture. One of my main concerns with face masks that focus on exfoliation, is that they will feel too harsh on my skin. This isn’t like that at all. The best way I can describe it, is the soft but texturised feeling of oats after you have made porridge! Half the fun for me is applying a face mask, and the consistency of this is perfect, not too hard, not too soft, just right!
Once applied, the first thing I noticed is the fresh feel it gives to my skin. Imagine standing in an open field with light rain splashing your face, then a cool breeze washing over you. Yup! That is what this mask feels like. Fresh and relaxing.
The lady in The Body Shop recommended that after 5-10 minutes, place a damp muslin cloth soaked in warm water over your face for a minute or two, to let the mask melt on your skin and really let the ingredients work. Then gently wipe off the mask with the cloth and rinse any remaining mask off with water.
After following instructions, it was time for the big reveal.
Immediately I could tell my skin was brighter. It certainly lives up to the promise of clearer skin, as it exfoliates like a dream without leaving my skin dry. I have mentioned with previous products how important it is that I treat my blemishes and oily t-zone without stripping my skin of natural oils, so the fact that my skin feels moisturised (thank you rice extract) is a real plus point for me.
There is enough mask for at least 10 applications if not more, and at £15 I think that is great value. It recommends that you use it 2-3 times a week to get maximum benefit, however I won’t be using it that much as I simply must get a couple of the other face masks to add to my collection!
Be Body Shop beautiful,