Inspired by superfoods from around the world, The Body Shop’s new Expert Face Mask recipes are made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone and mineral oils. But do they deliver results?
The Body Shop’s line of new masks address almost the full spectrum of skin care woes: From dehydration to dullness, and sagging skin. The Go Away team tries four out of five of the available variants … and we were won over by the results.
Deborah tried … British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
Skin type: Tired and dehydrated
First impressions: “It looks watery and I didn’t think it would do anything to nourish my super-tired and stressed skin. Also, was afraid its rose scent would be too overwhelming; thankfully, it wasn’t.”
Review: “I’m at this stage of my life where my skin is just sensitive to things like lack of sleep, air-conditioning, and stress. It was looking like parchment, truth be told. Fine lines were appearing all over my forehead and there was a disturbing grey tinge that marred my usually rosy complexion. I applied the mask after cleansing and left it on for about 10 minutes. What I appreciated was the subtle rose scent. Initially I was afraid the mask would leave me smelling like “Bandung” (rose syrup milk drink). The texture held up well despite looking watery. It didn’t drip or trickle down my face. After washing off, I was surprised at the immediate improvement to my complexion. My skin looked well-hydrated, rested, and visibly softer. I guess the rosehip oil – famed for Omega 3 and 6 – really did a good job at repairing my skin. The Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico also soothed my skin and made it look rested and healthy.”
Denise tried … Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask
Skin type: Oily but dehydrated
First impressions: “We’re definitely off to a good start. I’m absolutely obsessed with acai, so it was love at first whiff. The texture is best described as jam-like.”
Review: “I was slightly hungover when I tried this mask which – when I think about it now – is probably the best opportunity I had to see if this mask really works. There’s just something about having a few drinks too many that ages you overnight. On that day, my skin looked dull, with a greyish tinge – my hangover was visible to the whole world. I lay down for 20 minutes for a quick snooze (one of my many talents) after applying the mask.
After waking up and washing it off, I was amazed at how bright and, yes, energised, my skin appeared. I actually looked well-rested! That’s because the mask is infused with – no surprise there – acai berry extract that’s not only rich in antioxidants, but also vitamin C to help fight the appearance of fatigue. This is coupled with Brazilian guarana, an energy-giving ingredient thanks to its high concentration of caffeine; as well as a Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil that helps smooth and soften the skin. And as proof that efficacious beauty doesn’t have to come with a high price tag, this mask goes for just $32.90, an absolute steal especially when you consider that 75ml will last you a long time.”
Lili tried … Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
Skin type: Dull and dehydrated
First impressions: “Smells, looks, and feels exactly like honey!”
Review: “If you have a facial mask brush, do use that to apply this mask on your face as recommended for hygiene purposes – I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned this mask feels like honey. Unfortunately for me, I had to use my fingertips. But despite that, the mask was surprisingly spreadable. Good thing I only had to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, because the sticky, gooey mask wrapped my skin so tightly, it left me feeling slightly uncomfortable. The smell, however, sweetened the waiting process. After 5 minutes, I rinsed it off with warm water. Immediately, my skin felt markedly smoother and softer. But it was the next morning when I could actually see the results – not only did my skin feel soft like a baby’s, it looked rested and radiant! The secret lies in the mask’s winning blend of Community Trade honey from Ethiopia and Community Trade Namibian marula and Italian olive oils, which works incredibly well to hydrate the skin and boost elasticity. Consider me impressed!”
Vanessa tried … Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
Skin type: Dry, with clogged pores
First impressions: “The mask has a good consistency – it’s neither too gloopy nor too watery, making it very easy to apply without any dripping. There isn’t much of a scent, to be honest.”
Review: “My skin has been looking a little worse for wear recently -it’s been breaking out with random zits, and the pores on my T-zone are looking more visible. Even though I don’t use foundation on a regular basis, my skin just feels “choked up”. This clogged feeling was especially apparent during a recent trip to Sri Lanka where I travelled around mostly in open-air tuk-tuk’s, which exposed my skin to environmental pollution. Upon return to Singapore, I immediately applied the mask after cleansing my face, and left it on for 15 minutes. Initially, there was a slight stinging sensation but I just put it down to my skin sensitivity. After removing the mask, my complexion was visibly brighter and my pores appeared to be tighter as well.
As the name suggests, the key ingredient in this product is bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, which is known for drawing out impurities and excess oil from the skin. My skin definitely looked and felt much cleaner and more refreshed after applying the mask. As the other ingredients include green tea leaves (to exfoliate the skin) and organic tea tree oil (to keep skin looking clearer), I’ll definitely be using this mask more regularly to keep those annoying zits at bay.”
Each of The Body Shop featured here retail at $32.90 each and are available at The Body Shop stores islandwide from September 1, 2016.
The Body Shop masks were sent to Go Away for a review. Go Away was not paid to review these masks, and all opinions are the reviewers’ own.
13 Dec 2016