(originally published 26/08/2016)
A while ago I mentioned how the high street is upping its game in masks. It was high time to, and it was worth a wait. Finally, The Body Shop‘s delightful range of Superfood Masks are out, so there are loads of goodies to try. The launch has 5 masks for different skin concerns, each packed with potent, natural ingredients from all around the world. Here’s the full range:
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (detoxifies and is 100% vegan)
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
(hydrates and is 100% vegan)
Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
(nourishes and is 100% vegetarian)
Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
(brightens and is 100% vegetarian)
Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask – (energises and is 100% vegan)
It’s interesting to see how The Body Shop is changing over time, especially since they joined L’oreal. There are definitely more and more launches that look and feel high end, and the brand itself is evolving into a real grown-up beauty industry player. While I don’t mind the odd chemical help when it comes to skin care, it is aways nice to return to tried and tested natural remedies. These masks are just the ticket.
I opted for two for now, the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask, but I definitely will try the other three too. They all look so delicious, inviting and good enough to eat after all.
The gorgeous British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is full of the hydrating goodness of the rose. It’s a gel texture that looks appetising as a nice, home-made conserve and smells of a rose garden full of fresh, blooming buds. The consistency is light, it feels refreshing so it’s excellent for morning use if you want your makeup to glide on like a dream. While your skin is getting the essential hydration that it needs, you also get the calming, soothing effect of Aloe Vera and the brightening of Rosehip too. On top of that, it is 100% vegan! What’s not to love?
The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask is lovely exfoliating mask perks up dull, uneven skin in no time. The grains are not too harsh, is smells divine and feels refreshing on the skin. The ginseng promises to tone and revitalise, the rice extract to stimulate the skin while the sesame seed oil to soften and it does exactly that. This is a perfect way to add radiance, to clarify and polish the skin in dire need of a pick me up. This mask is 100% vegetarian. Be a bit cautious with this if you are sensitive, there’s a bit of a tingling sensation while the mask is on so either leave it on for 2-3 minutes only instead of the recommended 5-10 minutes or go with one of the nourishing masks just in case.
Once you collected all 5 masks, you can mix and match to multitask which is very much on trend right now. Catering for the skin care savvy, offering different ways of clarifying and nourishing on demand is a smart move and will get a lot of attention. In the world of the beauty blogger/vlogger and a saturated market, this is a much-needed breath of fresh air that keeps the industry alive with good buzz and quality that is behind the hype. Job well-done The Body Shop, this range is British beauty at their finest, can’t wait to see what else is in store in the next few seasons!
The full range is available here, £16.00 for each pot.