It’s Mask Monday and I am here with a new mask from the Body Shop. I have been seeing this amongst the beauty community these past few weeks and became a little intrigued. There are 5 new masks in the range but with my skin type, I thought this clay mask would be the most effective. I have never tried any mask from the Body Shop, but these sound like a step up from their previous range of masks as far as ingredients, size and effectiveness.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is ideal for acne-prone, oily skin such as mine. There is charcoal which draws out dirt, oil and impurities very effectively – so much so that it seems to draw out all of the moisture from my skin. With tea tree oil infused in the clay mask, active breakouts are soothed and deflated after the 10-15 minute period. This mask gets tighter than any other mask I have tried, and has some wicked exfoliating particles that make removing it almost painful. For oily skin, I wouldn’t use this mask more than once a week since it is a bit harsh. If your skin is dry, I would stay far away from this product.
This mask is quite thick and a little chunky with particles to help exfoliate. The smell is strong but pleasant like cologne though it doesn’t seem to linger. The Body Shop packaging is sturdy, simple, and gender neutral. One of the great things about this mask is how quickly it dried despite its thickness. I have already made a pretty good dent in the mask so I am curious how long it will last.
With all of that being said, the results are undeniable. My skin is tighter after every use, and incredibly smooth. Pairing this with a deep hydrating moisturizer, serum or sheet mask is your best bet for radiant skin. For $28, you have 3 oz of vegan mask made with fair trade ingredients and no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils. Compared to several high end masks I have tried, this is the least expensive, but the most natural which is something I appreciate in skincare.