I have a slight addiction to face masks at the moment, I've just really been enjoying them and my skin is really thanking me for it. One mask I couldn't wait to give a whirl was The Body Shops Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, despite being a huge Body Shop fan I have never tried one of their face masks before so I really didn't know what to expect.
The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask* by The Body Shop (£16.00) is said to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows, sounds right up my street! The mask itself is a tingling clay mask which is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil, and it’s been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil and is also 100% vegan.
The formula of the mask is quite thick and mud-like with fine grains of charcoal and green tea leaves mixed within it which act as exfoliants, the scent of the mask is quite strong with menthol and tea tree oil really coming through, it's not a horrible smell but if your quite sensitive to strong scents this might be something to consider. To apply the mask I like to use my Body Shop Facial Mask Brush* (£8.00) to smooth the mask on cleanly and thinly without wasting any product, I actually find it quite satisfying painting the mask on, kind of like I'm painting a picture and need to stay within the lines he he. Once I've perfected a nice even layer of the mask with my brush I simply let the mask do its thing for around 10 minutes or until the mask has completely dried, you will know when it's ready to be removed because as the mask dries it changes from a wet muddy light brown colour to a dry light green and goes really tight as if you want to crack your face, I love that feeling so much. As this is a tingling mask it does of course have a tingling sensation until it dries, personally I love this sensation and I only find it super intense if I whack on a very thick layer of the mask otherwise its a comfortable tingling feeling for me.
After the 10 minutes or so is up and the mask is dry I like to take some warm water and a flannel and rinse off working in gentle circular motions, this not only lifts the mask off but really works with those fine grains of charcoal and green tea leaves to deeply exfoliate my skin. Afterwards my skin is left feeling amazingly soft and smooth without any irritation, excess oils around my nose where removed, I felt really fresh faced with a healthy glow and my pores and blackheads around my nose have definitely been reduced over time since using this mask.
Overall, I've been absolutely loving this face mask and have been using it 2-3 time a week without fail, it's just so nice and my skin loves it! If your looking for a mask to smooth, purify and unclog those pesky pores whilst also leaving you fresh faced and glowy I’d absolutely recommend giving The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask a whirl.
You can find the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and the Facial Mask Brush in store at The Body Shop or online HERE.