If there is one thing you’ll quickly learn about me, it’s that I’m quite partial to a good face mask. There’s a whole bunch of options out there, from sheet and bubble to peel-off or sleep-in. Every skin type and problem is catered for in the world of face masks. I’ve been a particularly avid lover of the Body Shop masks for a while, especially the Himalayan Charcoal mask which works great for my combination skin to remove unwanted dirt and balance out the oils.
So of course, I wasn’t going to let a new mask release from the Body Shop fly by without taking it for a spin. Of all the products at the Body Shop, I’m a teensy bit (ha! more like seriously) obsessed with the almond milk and honey range – so I’m sure you can see my excitement with the release of a new mask containing, yes – you guessed it: almond milk.
Inspired by a Roman recipe, and formulated especially for sensitive skin, The Body Shop claim this soothing mask “helps relieve dry, sensitive skin from feelings of tightness and itchiness, and gently exfoliates to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and recharged with moisture”. Sounds pretty perfect if you ask me.
Finally, sensitive skin doesn’t have to miss out on some well-needed exfoliation with this mask!
The Body Shop is pretty hot on sourcing the best ingredients for their products.
The oats present in the soothing mask are sourced from the UK, with the almond milk coming from Spain. The Body Shop say they teamed up with ‘The Almond Experts’ in Manan, who use almonds with broken shells, which would otherwise have gone to waste as they couldn’t be sold for food, which I think is pretty cool. There’s also organic aloe vera all the way from Mexico and shea butter from Ghana. The full list of the ingredients in the soothing mask is below:
Formula & Application
After removing all makeup and cleansing the skin, this mask should be applied to the skin avoiding the eye and lip area. It can also be applied to the neck if required. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then gently massage the mask in circular motions before rinsing off with warm water. It’s recommended this mask is used once or twice a week for best results.
I’d recommend this mask is applied using a flat foundation brush or the Body Shop’s very own mask brush, given its thickness. It has a slightly messy texture, though it is relatively easy to distribute. The Consultants at my local store recommended it was used at the end of the week to unwind and de-stress, but I think it’s also ideal for times when your skin is having an off day and really needs a pick me up. They also recommended that it’s used after any other mask which dries out the skin, as it helps restore the moisture lost in the process.
Packaging & Price
The packaging is nothing new, it’s the same dark glass jar which is featured with the ‘superfoods’ masks collection. The only difference is the absence of the cardboard packaging, which I’m happy about as I felt it was an unnecessary waste.
Retailing at £17, this soothing mask is also priced in line with the other masks. For some, this might sound a little pricey. But for a 75ml pot which has at least 6-8 applications in it, I think it’s well worth it.
How did my skin feel? Pretty great actually.
I’m seriously impressed with this mask, despite the comments from my family that it just looks like I’ve smeared porridge all over my face. I’ve said above that I have combination skin, which generally doesn’t have any sensitivity to products, but my skin doesn’t bode all too well with heat, so as you can imagine I haven’t done well during the recent UK heatwave.
On removal of the mask, my skin was soft and smooth. There was no redness or irritation that can quite often come with the chemicals of other harsher masks. And it did what it said on the tin – it soothed. The mask itself was cooling too, which was a treat to my heat damaged skin.
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Have you got your hands on this mask yet? Let me know if the comments, I’d love to know how you found it!