There’s something incredibly satisfying about rubbing a product all over your face, sitting for ~15mins and then washing it off…
I don’t actually use face masks all that often – usually they recommend once or twice a week, but I might do one once or twice a month. I feel like my face is rubbed enough on a regular basis…
- Tea Tree Clearing Mask, £11
My first face mask was The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask, now called the Tea Tree Clearing Mask. I’ve had this for so long the packaging and name changed…
I got this when my skin was more acne-prone. In general, I’ve never found tea tree products to be skin clearing and this face mask was no exception, I don’t really know what I was expecting! That said, I don’t dislike this product. Tea tree usually makes my spots feel dry and bleurgh, but this mask leaves my whole face feeling soft, clean and fresh. It’s not drying either. I also quite like the smell of tea tree; and the tingle that makes you feel like the product is actually doing something.
I personally find it way more fun to use a coloured face mask, so I take great pleasure in slopping this onto my face and turning myself into Shrek. Perfect for sensitive skin, I never have any redness after wiping off with a wet flannel.
2. British Rose Plumping Mask, £16
Back in November I couldn’t resist trying something from The Body Shop’s latest face mask range. I was advised to go for the British Rose Plumping Mask for maximum hydration and glow. I’m always skeptical with “plumping” or “anti-aging” products, because I’m only in my early 20s! …Nevertheless, I went with it. I love how my skin feels after using this mask – super soft, smooth and definitely hydrated. Not a massive fan of the scent, although it’s not overpowering or overly offensive when it’s on your face and it doesn’t linger once the mask is washed off so I’m not too fussed.
I got bored of this mask really quickly, because it’s a clear gel… But I’ll be hanging on to it for hydration purposes.
3. Warming Mineral Mask, £11
So I ran out of the Tea Tree mask and the plumping mask wasn’t exciting enough… I ventured back to The Body Shop and spotted the Warming Mineral Mask. I prefer face masks being in tubs rather than tubes, as to me it looks like I’m getting more product. Seeing this in tube form I was immediately concerned it wouldn’t last very long, but it is in fact the same size as the other two.
Being a clay mask I figured it’d be a step up from the clear gel in terms of colour excitement. This mask is applied onto wet skin and doesn’t harden or “dry out” ..so it remains quite pale. The excitement in this mask comes from the fact that it’s warming – when you rub it onto your skin, a mass of heat just penetrates your face.. it’s a m a z i n g; like you’ve just put your face against a hot water bottle. Intense. I don’t mind the smell of ginger, so this product doesn’t offend my nose. Not as hydrating as the plumping mask, but also not drying. This mask leaves my face feeling clean (I’d be a tad concerned if a mask didn’t), but there were no extraordinary results. The heat kinda makes it feel like it’s doing more than it is.
These masks definitely serve their own purposes. I highly rate the British Rose mask for hydration and softening when needed, but for more regular use I’d probably stick with the Tea Tree one. The Mineral mask is great for that warmth but I don’t see any spectacular results, thus preferring the Tea Tree for a) the colour, b) the smell and c) the gentleness.