As most of you must have already seen on my Instagram and Facebook, I recently got my hands on the new expert facial masks by The Body Shop. One thing which is very important to know before I go rambling on about how I like these products is that these are 100% Vegetarian and 3 of the masks namely Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose, and Amazonian Acai masks are 100% Vegan. This is also one of the reasons why I instantly fell in love with these products, cruelty free and natural products are a big yes! And of course, the fact that these masks focus on your skin’s unique needs is amazing. I can use 2 or 3 masks depending on what my skin needs and control the problem areas as needed! This has multi-masking so easy and rather fast.
You might have also seen these masks being called ‘Superfood Masks’ on social media! They’re one and the same.
“From the insta-famous to your healthy living friends, everyone’s posting about superfoods. Super rich in health and beauty benefits, it’s no surprise they’re the word (and taste) on everyone’s lips right now. But while that acai charcoal smoothie is helping you glow from within, you might need a little help getting your skin to look as healthy as you feel. That’s where these masks are going to be your saviors! Packed, crushed and drizzled with natural ingredients, each one has been expertly formulated with your skin’s needs in mind. Made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils – these are inspired by traditional beauty remedies from around the world, each jar contains a secret power from purifying to nourishing to help your skin look and feel as good as you do inside,” says The Body Shop.
Now talking about the 5 expert facial masks individually, I’ll be sharing the important details as well as what I like/don’t like about the products. And this will be followed by a GIVEAWAY announcement, so stay tuned! xx
1. HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK
Detoxify me – For skin that needs to release impurities and toxins to help reveal a healthy-looking, youthful glow.
The Body Shop claims, “Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, our tingling mud mask contains powerful ingredients Bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, known to draw out impurities and excess oils from the skin. Green tea leaves from Japan, rich in antioxidants and catechins, effectively exfoliate the skin. Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya, known to help keep skin looking clearer.”
Instantly: Skin is deeply cleansed, detoxified, pores appear unclogged and refined leaving skin smooth and glowing.
Facial After Facial: Skin appears more youthful and healthy and feels rejuvenated.
Tip: For even and smooth application, use the Facial Mask Brush.
My Take On This Product: Priced at INR 2495 for 75ml, this expert facial mask is my absolute favorite! When first applied, this feels very soothing and cold to the skin and after it sets and one is to remove it, it scrubs the skin off any irregularities. Just as claimed, it deeply cleanses and purifies the skin. It also helps clean clogged pores and releases impurities. This mask definitely helps reveal the healthy looking glow you’ve so been missing! For a girl like me who is constantly jumping from makeup to no makeup so many times a day, this kind of a mask is just what I need to get rid of any and all toxins. Plus, this does not lead to breakouts (which was one thing I was seriously afraid of). With the pollution levels rising, it is very important that we take care of our skin more and with such busy schedules, we usually are not able to. Which is also why this mask is a boon for me. I can apply this on my forehead and nose and get rid of the impurities in less than 10 minutes!!
2. CHINESE GINSENG AND RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK
Brighten Me: For skin that needs an intense treatment to remove dullness and unevenness.
The Body Shop claims, “Inspired by Chinese traditions, our creamy exfoliating mask combines natural ingredients sourced from Northeast Asia and South America. Ginseng extract from China, known for its skin toning and stimulating properties that help revitalize skin. Rice extract from China, traditionally used to moisturise and brighten the skin. Community Trade organic sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, rich in oleic and linoleic acid to soften the skin.”
Instantly: Skin appears brighter, revitalized, velvety smooth and pores appear minimised.
Facial After Facial: Skin imperfections appear reduced, skin appears more even, glowing and feels renewed.
My Take On This Product: Priced at INR 2495 for 75ml, this expert facial mask feels very soft to the skin. It doesn’t feel as cold as the first one but it definitely feels soothing. This mask also took the longest to set by the way. Again, there are two ways to use this product. Either it can be used on chin if we are multi-masking or all over the face. Either way, it has some very redeeming qualities. As Ginseng is known for boosting energy and enhancing stamina and to have toning and stimulating properties, it definitely is great for our skin. The mask further works to brighten, even and revitalize skin while removing dullness and unevenness. This skin-perfector mask is again essential to minimize pores, reduce imperfections and smooth the skin.
3. AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASK
Energize Me: For skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of fatigue and stress.
The Body Shop claims, “Inspired by the rituals of Amazonian tribes, our juicy fresh mask with powerful natural ingredients from South America. Acai berry extract from Brazil, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin C that fight the appearance of fatigue. Guarana seed extract from Brazil, known for its energy boosting properties from its high concentration of caffeine. Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil, an effective nut oil known to soften, smooth and revitalize the skin.”
Instantly: Skin appears revived and energized, visibly smoother and boosted with radiance.
Facial After Facial: Skin texture appears refined, skin appears clearer and healthier-looking.
My Take On This Product: Priced at INR 2495 for 75ml, this expert facial mask actually has my mom and I debating about its claims. While this mask comes in my bottom 2 out of the 5, this is 2nd from top on my mom’s list. Why I think this happened is because she has dry skin while I’m one with combination skin. Plus, her skin needs relief from stress and mine needs to detoxify and brighten. This difference in our opinion clearly shows how important it is that you choose the right products and not just the ones that you might like. As I said, this mask didn’t do justice according to me, however, my mom thoroughly enjoyed this one and uses it twice or thrice every week whenever she’s very tired. Sharing from her point of view, this exfoliating mask invigorates skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of tiredness and stress. After use, skin texture appears refined, clearer and healthier-looking. So this was a product that has now joined my mom’s skincare regime for good!
4. ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASK
Nourish Me: For skin that needs an intense dose of replenishing nourishment to feel soft and smooth again.
The Body Shop claims, “Inspired by African healing and soothing rituals, our indulgent melting honey mask blends the finest natural ingredients. Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, rich in nutrients that replenish and retain moisture to comfort and revive depleted skin. Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, a cold‑pressed light oil, known to restore and improve skins elasticity. Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy, rich in Omega 9 that helps boost skin elasticity and prevents dryness.”
Instantly: Skin feels deeply nourished, replenished, supple and rested.
Facial After Facial: Skin appears softer, smoother and fine lines appear reduced.
My Take On This Product: Priced at INR 2495 for 75ml, this expert facial mask is another product that my mom used and really loved (unlike me because this mask’s USP’s don’t apply to my skin problems). So again, from her point of view, this product is a total value for money! The texture of the product is basically just like honey, except maybe less greasy. It feels light on the skin and leaves the skin nourished. Skin feels instantly softer and smoother after first use. This hydrating mask works to retain moisture, improve skin’s elasticity and prevent dryness. It also boosts hydration which is great for dry as well as tired skin. This mask truly soothes your skin and gives it the food nourishment (honey) that it needs. My mom’s favourite product so a big yes!
5. BRITISH ROSE FRESH PLUMPING MASK
Hydrate Me: For skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture to reveal its dewy glow again.
The Body Shop claims, “Inspired by the European bathing rituals, our refreshing gel mask is infused with real natural ingredients: Real rose petals, and essence of hand‑picked roses from Britain, freshly replenishes the skin’s water reserves. Rosehip oil from Chile, rich in repairing Omega 3 and 6 that helps tone skin. Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, known for its gentle, calming and soothing properties on skin.”
Instantly: Skin is replenished with moisture and feels ultra smooth, silky soft and toned.
Facial After Facial: A dewy, youthful glow is revealed.
My Take On This Product: Priced at INR 2495 for 75ml, this expert facial mask is perfect to add to the first two that I liked or the next two that mom did. With a gel consistency, this mask has actual rose petals, just as claimed and once set and taken off, it leaves your skin well-hydrated. It works to moisturize, soothe and tone the skin. It is best for skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with hydration (which is almost true for everyone’s skin these days). This also provides comfort with its aloe vera calming properties. Freshly replenishes the skin’s water reserves, while the petals provide the gentlest exfoliation. This one is the lightest of all, if you’re tired and don’t have much time, this could be the perfect mask for the night.
Well, that’s all the masks. Through this blog post, I hope I’ve been able to answer your queries related to these products and also share my personal experience with you. Now, as I recently hit *drumroll* 105K on Instagram, I have collaborated with The Body Shop to give away 4 of these masks. There will be 2 random winners and each will get 2 masks (after all these are called multi-masks!). So in total, we are giving away masks worth 10,000 bucks!! The rules are simple, to participate in this giveaway, check out this post on my Instagram account! The last date to participate is 11th March 2017. And don’t worry, if you don’t win this one, we have another major giveaway coming up with My Envy Box!
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