I hope you’re doing well? I know I’ve become the absolute worst at having an upload schedule… I’m just so busy lately with Uni, work and cheerleading (I joined my University cheer team and we train twice a week). Even when I do have free time it’s either too late to start creating eye looks – I rely on natural light for my pictures – or I just have no inspiration to write! But really, enough complaining because I finally have another product review for you! If you want to know more about The Body Shop Himalayan Characoal Mask then just keep reading.
I actually picked this up on a bit of a whim as a store assistant informed me it was a really great product for oily skin. Originally I’d gone in to find a really good primer but ended up purchasing the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – I know, catchy name… First thoughts on packaging are that I actually really like the simplistic design; however, it is a little heavy so probably not the best for travelling. The tub is glass (I think) with a plastic screw on lid which I’m hoping is recyclable. When you open the product you also get a protective plastic cover exasperating the actual product from the lid, I’ve kept this in order to help keep the packaging clean.
The Body Shop are pretty damn good at making all their products sound amazing. On their website this is what they say about the product:
Refine and revive your skin with our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask 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. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows. Complete your facial at home expert by applying this purifying blend with our Facial Mask Brush.
>The World Bio-Bridges Mission
>Tingling charcoal clay mask
>Enriched with Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya
>Packed with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills and green tea leaves from Japan
>Absorbs excess oil
>For skin that needs extra purification to reveal a healthy, youthful glow
That is a lot of promises which usually makes me a little sceptical of a product as I hate when things are oversold and raise my expectations too high.
The mask does have a scent (I’m the worst at describing fragrances…) that smells cleansing and natural which I have been enjoying. I would definitely giving this product a smell in store if you are sensitive to scents though as I feel like it wouldn’t be for everyone.
I wanted to show you how this product looks so enjoy my swatch attempt above… This has quite a thin consistency with lumps of charcoal or maybe clay? I’m not sure which but these little lumps feel messaging on the skin when you rub it in. I usually apple a thin layer over my face, let it dry and then massage of with a warm cleansing cloth. As it dries it tingles the skin and gives you that tightening Botox-esque feeling – I quite like this as I imagine it bringing all the dirt and grime out of my skin. Not only does this remove excess oil – and yes it really DOES work, it also helps remove black heads and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and incredibly clean.
Since this product is on the pricey side I have only been using it a couple of times a week at a maximum and am yet to see much of a dent in the tub. Perhaps I’m a little stingy when spreading it across my entire face but I feel like every part is covered. Another money saving trick would be to just use this in your problem areas if you were trying to target excess oils alone.
Overall I am pretty impressed with this product and can see myself buying this (or perhaps a different version from the purifying mask range) again. I cleanses, removes excess oil, deals with blackheads and leaves my skin feeling (and smelling) so fresh. I would recommend you give this a try if you are looking a little skin treat.