I turn another year older this month (*sob*) and as a vow to keep ageing at bay, I’m stepping up my game with skincare. Although I’m dedicated in the daily routine, I’m a slacker when it comes to face masks. As hard as it is to believe, putting aside a few minutes to prep before slapping on a mud mask is too much to ask in my disorganised life but that has changed recently with my commitment to detoxing my face on a weekly basis. It’s a fair compromise over going to a salon (not to mention a damn sight cheaper).
Gone are the days of cheap face masks out of sachets. Now you can choose from high end to high street with little difference in some cases. The Body Shop released a number of face masks in the summer – under the umbrella ‘Superfood face masks’ – addressing a variety of skincare needs. I had eyeballed a few before choosing British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. The added bonus was 40% off the price of these bad boys (normally £15 each). I begrudge paying full price when the Body Shop has regular discounts on offer.
The design of the packaging is in line with the Body Shop’s Luxury Home Spa range as is the price point which is slightly more than the average Body Shop product. The emphasis lies in bringing the spa treatment to the comfort of your own home and we all know that a spa evokes pampering and blissful relaxation.
I first tried the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask – thought I should break into things gently. It’s a 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. There are no parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil in it. It’s aimed at thirsty skin types that could do with some plumping and so I figured it would be just the ticket for my dehydrated skin.
It’s a very cooling mask with the consistency of a thick gel but it doesn’t dry or set on the skin. The coldness of it feels really nice and the scent of the roses is wonderfully relaxing. Once the time is up, you wash it off. But that’s where the buck stops. This didn’t hydrate my skin, not to the extent that some of these sheet masks do. In fact it felt somewhat parched so I was left feeling disappointed. Clearly not for me and probably not for you if you have dehydrated skin. It is a gentle formula though with the recommendation of using it 2-3 times a week.
Let’s turn our attention to the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. I chose this for the three big words in its name – ‘charcoal’, ‘purifying’ and ‘glow’. A face mask just doesn’t feel right without some kind of mud-like consistency that is capable of drawing out impurities.
Again 100% vegan, this is a tingling clay mask infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. I think this may be a very close dupe to Glam Glow but without the steep price tag. Just a thin layer will do the trick and it’s advised to leave on for 5-10 minutes. Being a rebel I left it on for longer – not sure if that’s a good thing. You see, after I had removed the mask and applied a serum and cream, my skin experienced some stinging. How odd! Fortunately I did not get any spots nor did my skin flare up later. Perhaps I should stick to the 10 minute maximum rule next time. That said, I am impressed how this mask is a proper deep clean.
As a result, this invigorating charcoal face mask left my skin looking smooth and clear, and it refined the appearance of my pores. I really do like Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and like a sucker for punishment, I look forward to using it again. When it tingles, it’s working.
So there we have it – one so-so and one bloody marvellous face mask. Available online and in stores nationwide, priced at £15 each.