If you've been reading this blog for a while you will know that I am obsessed with face masks. Anything from clay masks to hydrating masks to sheet masks. If it's a mask I'm almost guaranteed to love it. This new mask from The Body Shop gets its share of the lime light today.
Tea tree is a natural antiseptic and is great for blemish-prone skin. To be honest, I don't think I've ever tried any tea tree products from The Body Shop, but I do own a bottle of tea tree essential oil that I use for many things from pouring a few drops into the washing machine when I wash my dog's blankets to using a few drops in an aromatherapy burner. My skin has also been well-behaved so I've never really felt the need to use tea tree oil. Well, that was until a few weeks ago when my skin started freaking out and I got breakouts on my cheeks and on my shoulders.
This new mask from The Body Shop is called the Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask. I have to admit, the price and the words "night mask" caught my attention. At 75 ml it's quite a nice size for a mask and even though it's the same size as the Recipes of Nature masks, the tea tree mask is only R180 whereas the Recipes of Nature masks are R310 each.
Masks in tubs are not usually my favourite thing, as it can get unsanitary quite quickly, but I've found that using a little plastic spatula to scoop the product out really helps. The texture of this mask is a weird jelly, it reminds me a lot of the Drops of Youth Sleeping Mask that used to be called the Bouncy Mask or something along those lines. When you look at the mask it looks like a thick gel, but when you press your finger into it and then remove it, the mask bounces back. So cool! This makes it a little bit difficult to get it out of the jar, but again, a spoon or spatula solves that problem.
The mask is an alieny, snotty green, and I must say, I love pressing my finger into it. The smell is incredibly strong and if you don't like the smell of tea tree, you'll hate this. The smell also doesn't go away but just becomes a little bit less strong. The first time I used it it irritated my nose slightly, but I got used to the smell and then it just felt comforting and medicinal and "clean".
The mask is incredibly cooling and applies like a thick jelly. Although the texture is quite thick it still smoothes easily onto the skin. The first two times I felt a bit of tingling but that goes away after a few minutes. The directions say to sleep with this on and although it's quite tacky when you first apply it, it is either absorbed into your skin or dries down a bit (don't worry, your skin won't feel tight). The first time I applied this I had a really bad skin day and I was afraid that the tingling and the tea tree oil will aggravate my skin further, but when I woke up the next morning most of my blemishes had disappeared! I was so impressed that I waited a day or two and applied it again. This time the results weren't as impressive as the first time, but I could see that the appearance of my skin had still improved slightly. And new blemishes didn't look like they were forming. I recently also applied it to the tops of my shoulders and although it didn't make my blemishes disappear, I could see that no new bumps are forming.
All in all I am incredibly impressed with this mask. It's fun to use, it delivers, and I think mosquitoes might hate the smell (which is a bonus).
Until next time!