Tried & LOVED: The Body Shop Facial Masks

A few months ago I talked to you guys about multimasking and the L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks, which are meant to be used for multimasking. Another line of masks I've been trying out recently, are the new facial masks from The Body Shop. Just like the L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks these masks have been advertised specifically for multimasking. And I just have to say, I absolutely love these masks! Some I like a little bit more than others, but overall, these masks are incredible!

The line consists of five different mask, each one with it's own use. Contrary to the L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks, these ones don't have a common base. Each of them consists of natural ingredients that target different problems on the skin. I have tried every single one of these masks (hooray for samples), but I've only bought full size products of two of them, since these are on the pricier side (€20 each). Let's go through them, one by one.

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Let's start off with my absolute favorite of them all, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. The most important ingredients in this mask are charcoal powder, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil.

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

Charcoal draws oil, dirt and other harmful products from clogged due to its absorption powers. This way, it helps fight acne and helps you achieve that flawless skin you've always dreamed of. Charcoal has been proven to be able to absorb more than thousand times its own weight in harmful substances, thus making it a very popular and commonly used product in facial masks.
The green tea leaves in this mask not only give the mask some graininess, thus making it great for exfoliating, it has some great skin healing properties as well. Green tea is known to help reduce redness and inflammation, it also helps flush toxins from the skin and is used to help heal wounds and blemishes.

The green tea leaves give this mask some graininess, thus making it great for exfoliating.

The green tea leaves give this mask some graininess, thus making it great for exfoliating.

And last but not least, we have organic tea tree oil. This oil is best known for its amazing healing powers. Other than that it's very commonly used to treat acne and studies have even shown that tea tree oil is more effective in fighting acne than benzoyl peroxide, one of the product most commonly used to treat severe acne. It doesn't have the negative effects that benzoyl peroxide has as well (like peeling and redness), thus make it very popular for the treatment of acne.

As you can probably already tell from the ingredients, this mask is supposed to be used on oily skin, clogged pores and acne prone skin. I use this mask on my T-zone and absolutely love it, this mask works wonders on my pores. Not only does it unclog my pores it helps minimize them as well, thus leaving me with a smoother skin, and isn't that what we all want ;)? 
I do have to warn you though, this mask (and all the other masks in this range for that matter) does have a very strong scent, so if you have skin that's sensitive to perfume, this isn't the skin care range for you. My skin isn't sensitive to perfume and the scent is quite pleasant in my opinion so this really isn't a problem for me. Other than that, this mask is a great multimasking mask, in the sense that it is great at doing what it tells you it will do, so great even that if you use it on areas of your face that don't need any unclogging or oil-reducing, it might actually cause some skin issues, like dryness, just because it's a pretty strong mask.

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

This is my second favourite one out of the bunch. I use this on the areas of my face that are a little bit to sensitive or dry to use the Himalayan Charcoal Mask (since this is such a strong and drying mask) or I sometimes use this all over my face as well.
The most important ingredients in this mask are ginseng root extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil.

Let's go through these ingredients one by one, starting with the ginseng root extract. Ginseng root extract has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine and for good reason. First of all, it has amazing anti-aging properties. Now, you might think that this does not apply to you since you are still young, but did you know that it is actually recommended to start using anti-aging products in your early twenties? I didn't know this either, until I read an article about this recently. So even if you are still young and have no wrinkles yet, it wouldn't be a bad idea to start using products that have anti-aging properties if you want to preserve your baby-smooth skin ;)... Ginseng root extract boosts the collagen in your skin, which is one of the elements that helps keep your face smooth and wrinkle-free. Other than it's anti-aging properties, it also has healing properties that help calm redness and speed up the healing process of your skin (which might be helpful if you, like me, tend to pick at your face and your zits). 
Next, we have rice extract. Rice extract or Oryza Sativa extract is an ingredient that provides short- and long-term hydration to the skin. It works as a moisturizer but due to it's long-time moisturizing properties it's also a great anti-aging ingredient. 
And lastly, we have sesame seed oil. Sesame seed oil has a lot of great skin benefits, a few of them being anti-aging properties, it functions as a natural sunscreen, it helps moisturize the skin and helps detoxify it as well. Other than that, it helps repair damaged skin cells and improves blood circulation in the skin.

This mask has some texture to it that make it a great exfoliator.

This mask has some texture to it that make it a great exfoliator.

As you can see by these ingredients, it's definitely more moisturizing than the Charcoal Mask, thus better for the areas on your face that are a little more sensitive or dry. 
Another important feature of this mask is it's graininess. This mask as some small particles in it, thus making it a great exfoliant as well. In all, this mask is great for anti-aging, moisturizing and polishing up the skin. 
After using this mask, you will notice that your skin is visibly smoother and clearer as well.

Now that we've talked about the masks that I bought a full-size tub of, let's talk about the ones that I only tried a few times, using samples. I will be a little bit shorter about these, just because I haven't been using these on a regular basis, just because I only had a limited amount of mask to try out.
The next masks all have a gel-like consistency, unlike the previous two masks which have a thicker consistency, kind of clay-like.

Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

This one I like as well, but I didn't buy the full-size product just because it is quite expensive (€20) and I only use this on a very limited area of my face, so it didn't really seem worth it for me. I like what it does and it really is very nourishing, but it's not something that I really desperately needed in my skincare. I use this on the apples of my cheeks, especially in winter, since they do tend do get a little bit dry. 
The main ingredients of this mask are honey (no sh*t Sherlock :p), marula oil and olive oil.

This mask has a very sticky and gel-like consistency. It's almost as if you're putting pure honey on your face. 

This mask has a very sticky and gel-like consistency. It's almost as if you're putting pure honey on your face. 

Let's start of with honey. Honey has become a very popular ingredient in homemade masks recently and for good reason. It has great anti-aging properties, helps clear acne and sooth the skin, it helps unclog pores and it's incredibly moisturizing. Because it's extremely moisturizing, it will give the complexion of your skin a boost, thus leaving you with a beautiful glow.
Marula oil is a light-weight oil that is suited for all skin types (yes, even oily skin types and sensitive skin types!). This oil contains powerful antioxidants that helps protect your skin against the daily agressors and helps reverse skin damage. It also contains a lot of nutrients and essential fatty acids that boost cellular activity and help hydrate the deepest levels of your skin.
Last of all, this mask contains olive oil. This is another ingredient that has become quite popular in homemade face masks. Once you hear about all its skin benefits you'll understand why. First of all, it moisturizes the skin down to the deepest layers, without being heavy or clogging the pores. Other than that, it contains a lot of antioxidants, just like the marula oil, and helps promote the skin's elasticity, thus preventing wrinkles. 

You can tell by the ingredients that this is a very hydrating mask, but it hydrates the skin without overdoing it or clogging the pores (like some moisturizers do tend to do).
Like I said, I do really like this mask. It helps re-hydrate my cheeks when they are a little dried out, yet it doesn't make them oily or break out. I don't use this on my T-zone, just because my T-zone is already quite oily, but you could in fact use it on the parts of your face that are a little more oily as well.
Like I said, I didn't buy this mask, just because the apples of my cheeks only really get very dry in the winter and the mask are quite expensive, so for me it wasn't worth the purchase.

Now for the ones that I'm not that crazy about. It's not that these masks don't do what they promise, it's just that what they do isn't something that I'm that interested in. Also, not a fan of the scent of roses if I'm honest.

British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

This one smells so incredibly strong, and since I'm not really a fan of the scent of roses, that already kind of puts me of. 
The most important ingredients are rose essence, rosehip oil and aloe vera.

This mask contains rose essence and real rose petals. The rose petals help exfoliate the skin while the rose essence helps lock in moisture to the skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Rose essence is a natural astringent (a natural toner), which means it tightens up the pores and restores the subtleness of the skin, thus leaving you with a smooth and vibrant complexion.
Rosehip oil on the other hand has anti-aging properties due to it's variety of antioxidants like vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Other than that, it also helps protect the face against UV damage. 
Finally, we have aloe vera. If you want to know more about the skin benefits of aloe vera, give this blogpost a read. Emilie explains five of the most important skin benefits of aloe vera.

The rose petals in this mask give it a very gentle exfoliating action.

The rose petals in this mask give it a very gentle exfoliating action.

I only used this mask once, just because i couldn't stand the smell of it (I really don't like the smell of roses!). However, that one time I did use it, it left my face feeling very tight and with a beautiful glow. 

Amazonian Acaï Energizing Radiance Mask

This is an energizing mask, which means it helps remove the dullness of the skin, leaving you with a radiant glow afterwards. 
The lady in the store did warn me about this mask! Apparently, this one's too energizing for a lot of people, and tends to break some people out. I haven't had this problem using this mask, but then again, I only used it twice, so I'm not sure if that means anything. So, if you have sensitive skin, maybe stay away from this one.
The main ingredients of this mask are acaï berries, guarana and babassu oil.

If you've ever drank a natural energy drink or looked at the label of one, these ingredients might sound familiar to you, especially acaï and guarana. 
Besides it's great energizing and overall health benefits, acaï berries are great for the skin as well. They contain a lot of antioxidants that help restore damaged skin cells and help combat the daily agressors of the skin. It's great for anti-aging and moisturizing as well. Besides all that, acaï berries also have amazing anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great ingredient for people suffering from acne.
Guarana contains a compound called guaranine, which is comparable to caffeine but with one big difference. Guaranine is bound together by essential fatty acids, that helps release the guaranine slowly and steadily, thus preventing a sudden energy peak. Using guarana on your face helps wake up the skin, leaving your skin looking young and vibrant.
And then there's babassu oil. This Brazilian oil is very light-weight and airy, so it won't make your face feel sticky at all. It's great at moisturizing the face, since it contains a lot of nutrients and is able to penetrate the skin down to it's deepest layers.

So what this mask does is energize the skin, leaving it looking younger and more vibrant, whilst moisturizing it at the same time. If you are sensitive to caffeine, maybe avoid this mask, since it contains guarana.

Overall, I have to say I'm a big fan of these masks and I think there worth every penny. I would advice you to determine what it is you want/need out of a face mask and maybe buy one or two of them, since buying all of them would get a little pricy. I just ran out of my Himalayan Charcoal mask and I'm definitely planning on buying a new tub of it. These masks do exactly what they say they'll do and they do it well. 
However, if you do not like a strong scent or are sensitive to perfume, these aren't the masks for you, since every single one of them smells very very strong. If you don't mind a strong scent, I really suggest you try these out (go into your local Body Shop and ask for a sample).

If you try any of these out, I hope you'll love them as much as I do. Let me know in the comments.

I hope you found this post helpful and I'll talk to you soon,
Nakiska