I have wanted to try a few masks from this collection for as long as they’ve been out, so when I saw The Body Shop offering 40% off over Christmas, I absolutely jumped at the chance. I chose the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask for myself on recommendation from my brother, and ordered the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask for him- what can I say- he’s a man who takes care of his skin and we love that on this blog!
I must say I wasn’t sure what to expect, because as well as having combination skin (dry in some areas and oily in others,) I also have relatively sensitive skin on my face. I am a real lover of a nice, thick face mask over a sheet mask any day so I was really excited to try them. I went ahead and used the Himalayan Charcoal and was in fact very, very impressed. Some masks can leave the skin dry, others oily while some show no difference at all, in this case however, I was pretty thrilled to see that after leaving it on for the recommended time, my skin looked and felt incredible and to quote the jar- glowy. I use this and i feel like my skin is totally glowing, I don’t know what the chemistry is behind it, but I love it! *Side-note: One of my biggest tips for any kind of mask is not to leave it over the recommended time suggested on the packet; in the past with previous products I’ve exceeded the suggested time and found it to be so drying to the skin- I know it’s easy to loose track of time when you’re in the bath watching the 2 hour special of 90 Day Fiancé without a care in the world, but when you get out looking like a shedding amazonian reptile, you’d’ve wished you listened to me!
I’m also a great fan of the scent of this mask, it’s so refreshing, along with that thick, mud-like texture that I always go for in a face mask. I also love the glass jar packaging- reusability and sustainability are key, and it does also allow the product to feel a little more luxe. I would absolutely recommend this product if you’re in the market for something a little more indulgent than the 99p single-use masks in packets- which, don’t get me wrong, can be great too, but this is something I would say is really worth investing in especially if you appreciate a little time to yourself to take care of your skin. If you find this hasn’t worked for you I would encourage trying out another mask from the range- I believe they carry about 7 or more varieties, and even this duo set which I would absolutely love for myself or to give as a gift. If you’re unsure, they’re always very helpful in-store so I’m sure you could head over and test a few out to ensure you’ve spent your money on the right product for your skin. They come in at about £17, without promotion, which I don’t even think is too steep given the quality of the product.
Talking of different options, seeing as I didn’t get a chance to try the Matcha Tea mask before my brother whisked it up to London with him, I asked him for his humble opinion on it, as he would have now tried both. He did say initially that his skin seemed more sensitive to the Himalayan Charcoal mask that he’d used previously and while the Japanese Matcha Tea also smelt great, felt gentle on the skin and seemed very moisturising (perhaps a little too much for oily skin) he concluded that in the future he would re-purchase the Himalayan Charcoal option. He would recommend the Japanese Matcha Tea for those with sensitive, drier skin and the Himalayan Charcoal for those who want their skin to feel deeply cleansed but as I said, for the best personal match the best option could be to head into store. Keep an eye out for any promotions, which The Body Shop often offer, as these work out at great value for product quality especially when you can get some money off!
I can honestly see myself collecting more masks from this collection and I’ve really enjoyed trying out new skincare recently, but I’m yet to find a good cruelty-free cleanser & micellar water so if you do have any lovely cruelty-free recommendations for me then please comment below or find me on Insta @lifestyleev.blog !