I love the idea of face masks but I was never really into masking regularly. It’s messy and I don’t like waiting around for it to dry. In a bid to look after our skin more, a few blogger friends and I have decided to mask together as a way to motivate ourselves to be more skincare conscious. Since i was real novice, I asked for mask recommendations and the one that came up time and time again was The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.
It was raved about by everyone who had tried it so of course, I looked into what was so great about it. The three main ingredients and their benefits were listed on the packaging and product description:
- Bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, famous for drawing out impurities and excess oils from the skin.
- Green tea leaves from Japan, antioxidant rich and an effective skin exfoliater.
- Community Trade Tea Tree oil from Kenya, effective for a clear skin complexion.
I was sold. A few clicks later, it had been ordered and made it’s way to my front door.
The mask comes in a tinted brown jar with a twist off black cap. To prevent the mask from getting everywhere, it has a white plastic seal, when you open the lid. I found out later that actually these seals help to keep out air and light which can break down active ingredients int he product. The tub is solid glass which for some reason surprised me. I really liked it though. I know the hoarder in me will want to keep it and use it for something; what exactly? I have no idea!
The actual mask is light taupe in colour however the colour changes to more of a grey after drying. It contains green tea leaves from Japan and has finely milled granules which can look a bit gross so bare with it even if you don’t like it.
The consistency is quite thick but very easy to spread across your face. I personally don’t like getting my hands dirty so I use an old foundation brush (the flat ones) and it works perfectly.
Once it’s on your face, you can immediately feel a gentle cooling sensation that I love. The mask has a menthol (tea tree oil) smell which personally I’m pretty fond of – it smells fresh. Not like it’s been overloaded with fake fragrances.
It’s recommended that you keep the mask on for 5-7 minutes but I usually wait until he was is completely dry. After that you just wash it off with warm water.
Personally I like to use a muslin cloth to get it all off really easily and exfoliate as I go along. It makes the whole process really quick and effortless, so if you’re anything like me (really lazy and hates mess) get yourself an old foundation brush to apply it with and a muslin cloth to remove it with.
So is it actually worth all the hype?
The very first time I used this mask, I both saw and felt a huge difference to my skin. I mean it looked smoother, which is really big for my otherwise textured skin and it felt really really smooth. All the ingredients are great for my acne prone skin so I knew I wouldn’t hate it, but I didn’t think I would love this mask as much as I did. I actually couldn’t wait to use it again, which is not normal for me.
After using the mask twice a week, for a few weeks, it’s definitely cleared out some persistent blocked pores, especially on my forehead and around the nose area. Due to the drying ingredients in the mask I wouldn’t recommend using it daily and using it at a maximum of 3 times. If you have dry dehydrated skin, try limit use to just once a week.
I would definitely recommend this skin if you have sensitive skin like mine. I didn’t get any redness or irritation at all.
I’ve also loved using it after a wedding week, where I’ve been wearing full coverage makeup for long hours. It feels really calming and if my skin could talk I’m pretty sure it would be thanking me for introducing this into my routine.
A lot of people have compared it with GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment and/or GlamGlow Supermud. I can’t comment anything on that as I have yet to get my hands on it. However, if you have tried those masks and are looking for a cheaper alternative, then apparently this is the mask you’re looking for.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is definitely recommended for people who are looking to reach and minimise their blackheads and tackle breakouts. It gets a big thumbs up from me.
Would I recommend this product? 100%
Would I purchase this product again? Definitely