If you’re an avid reader of Love. Life. Beauty., or, if you know me, you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with The Body Shop’s face masks for years. I’ve owned every one they’ve ever had, and have always repurchased. Using The Body Shop masks are what started me on my serious face mask routine, I just couldn’t, and still can’t, get enough of them.
I was beyond excited when The Body Shop launched five new face masks, each geared toward a specific skin need, and ideal for multi-masking. If you’re unfamilar with multi-masking, it’s basically the idea of using more than one face mask at a time depending on your skin needs. For example, given the masks I mention in this post, if your T-zone/ chin area is oily, but your cheeks are more on the dry side, you may want to use two different masks on these areas, at the same time. I don’t always multi-mask, I more so use one, and then follow up with another, but I know the multi-mask phenomenon is real.
I was so stoked to try each of The Body Shop’s new vegetarian & cruelty-free “Expert” masks. I’ve been using them regularly, and since there are five of them, I’ll write about them in installments, don’t want to overwhelm you with too much face mask realness! =)
The Body Shop was kind enough to send me a gorgeous box with all of the Expert Masks. When I opened the box, I immediately got right to it using the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, which is a mud mask that exfoliates to help clear clogged pores and and remove any yucky toxins or whatever else we don’t want. Mud masks are my absolute favorite, and this one is excellent.
It applied perfectly, not too chunky of a texture, but also not thin which always make me think a mask isn’t good enough, or not doing its job to the full potential. The main ingredient is bamboo charcoal, which is a powerful charcoal when removing toxins from the skin. The sensation of the mask a perfect mix of the tree tea oil and green tea leaves ingredients. It tingles, but is refreshing, not annoying.
I left this mask on for about 20 minutes, when I removed it I used warm water and a towel. It wasn’t difficult to remove, which is sometimes an issue with charcoal/ mud masks. My skin looked incredible once I took it off, I seriously examined the pores bridge of my nose, and they looked clear as could be, I was so impressed- it lives up to the Glow in its name for sure.
Another option, for a more hydrating experience, is the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, which I have to say, looks like you have smeared strawberry jelly all over your face when applied. It’s a little startling, but so very worth it. The rose and aloe vera ingredients feel so cool and relaxing while you let it sit. A much different experience than the Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, but still great nonetheless.
I have found this mask a bit more difficult to apply due to the consistency, but given the ingredients I think that is to be expected. Since I have rosacea, I’ve been using this mask most often when I’m experiencing a flare up, since it has such calming ingredients. The rose hip oil and aloe vera give a refreshing light scent, I wish I could just smell the mask all day! On my Spa Sunday’s sometimes I’ll do two masks back to back, especially if the first one is like the Charcoal Glow Mask or a deep cleansing mask. The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask has been the perfect follow up mask to calm and hydrate my skin.
The price point of these Body Shop masks is a bit higher than what you’d find in Target or the drugstore, but these give both luxury and results. Also, if you want to try the mask out before making the full size purchase, The Body Shop now makes these in single use, which can be perfect for traveling too!
[Disclaimer: The Body Shop provided me with these products. All opinions are my own.]
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