Every Sunday evening I always indulge in a face mask. Not just because it’s apart of my weekly skincare routine, but after a long and stressful week it’s just nice to pamper myself. Since charcoal face masks are having a moment, I thought I’d try out the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop, in Durham. Yes, the magic of charcoal masks seems to be taking over the beauty world, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!
The mask is set to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. It’s 100% vegan and has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone and mineral oil.
Whether you follow various beauty bloggers or just Uni Lad on Faccebook, I’m sure you’ll have seen the countless charcoal mask videos of people struggling to peel them away without crying. Well let me tell you, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop is nothing like that. In fact, it’s one of the best face masks I’ve tried to date.
Rather than being a thin liquid, it’s a thick clay mask with chunks of green tea leaves. I wasn’t expecting to be able to see the leaves, but I actually like that you can. It gives the appearance that the mask has been freshly made.
I applied a thick, even layer across my skin. As soon as the product touched my skin it began to tingle. It didn’t hurt or burn, it was actually quite nice – like the mask was working its magic. Another thing I noticed straight away was the smell. It smelt so fresh. I’m assuming it’s the mixture or green tea and tea tree oil. If you’ve ever smelt the green tea range from The Body Shop it’s a bit like that with a hint of mint. It’s so bloody refreshing!
Although it was thick it didn’t take long to dry, in fact, after 10/15 minutes it was ready to come off. One thing I loved about this face mask, a part from the feel and smell, was it dried evenly. There’s nothing worse when parts of a face mask haven’t dried and you either have to wait ages or wash it off, and you feel like you don’t get the full affect.
Since I was giving my skin some much needed pampering, I thought I would give mix masking a go too. This is when you use multiple face masks on different areas of your face. I decided to use the British Rose Plumping Mask across my cheeks and up to my eye area.
Made with real rose petals and rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera, this mask is set to reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance. Again, this smelt absolutely incredible, but rather than it being tingly it was very soothing.
I feel like the combination worked really well for me. My skin feels so refreshed and smooth, not to mention it smells so lovely. My skin also feels quite tight, as well as, plumper across my cheeks. Plus, in general it has lovely glow about it too.
From the results I would highly recommend these face masks, and for the price you get a lot more compared to other popular products on the market. If you’re not sure about which one is best for you, ask the ladies in store. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction, and offer samples if needed.
Have you tried these makes before? What do you think of charcoal masks?
Sarah Jayne x
(I received complimentary products in exchange for a review. All the words are my own, and the thoughts and opinions are 100% true and honest)