I’m sure by now you’ve seen The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks on blogs and social media. They were launched in the later half of last year and I decided to pick up the Himalayan Charcoal one. I was suffering with mild breakouts and congestion and was hoping it would help. Then I was so impressed by it I decided to purchase them all. I waited until they had a 3 for 2 sale in last year which saved me quite a bit. I know these masks might be expensive for some, myself included, so let me tell you which ones are worth the spend.
The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks
“Discover our collection of facial masks, sourced from across the globe to repair, clarify, and hydrate your skin and leave you with a healthy, youthful glow. Created with Community Trade natural ingredients including rose petals, charcoal, green tea, honey, ginseng, acai, marula oil & more. From a hydrating, firming mask that improves elasticity, to an anti-oxidant rich mask that energizes skin & fights signs of fatigue, to a clarifying, exfoliating and smoothing mask, we have the perfect mask for you. Your spa day awaits!”
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
With Bamboo Charcoal from the Himalayan Foothills as a base ingredient, this mask deep cleans, unclogs pores, detoxifies the skin and draws out impurities. It is also infused with Japanese Green Tea leaves and organic Green Tea Oil from Kenya. I love the slight tingling when applied and it leaves my skin looking fresh and clean. The crushed leaves gently exfoliate the skin leaving behind a radiant glow. It soothes my breakouts and control the excess oils to prevent new ones from appearing.
Part of the reason this post took so long was because this was permanently out of stock. After checking numerous stores weekly, I started to panic the closer I came to an empty bottle. I managed to get my hands on a second bottle when my friend stumbled upon them in December but they still were nowhere else to be found. Now I use this mask at least once a week on my face and shoulders (where I have acne as well) and I’m almost done with my second bottle. I’ve tried many charcoal face masks, some even more than double the price of this one and it’s still the best I’ve ever used. They have now been restocked both in store and online so grab yourself one before it’s gone.
Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polish
This is another one I use quite regularly. Blended with rice & ginseng extracts from China and organic sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, this superfood mask is great for brightening. It is creamy and exfoliates the skin mildly to combat uneven skin tone and dullness. Whilst I haven’t noticed it doing anything to fade my acne scars, it definitely makes my skin look more healthy and illuminated once removed.
Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask
All the masks smell amazing but this one smells good enough to eat. It even looks like strawberry jam. This is a perfect wake-me-up kinda mask for mornings when my skin is looking a little flat. I just pop it on for 5-10 minutes then wash it off in the shower and my skin is left looking radiant and healthy. The acai berry, guarana and babassu oil, all from Brazil, fights fatigue and boosts the skin’s energy. It’s also perfect to be used before a special occasion and the little seeds offer slight exfoliation.
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
This mask is great for dry and mature skin. Infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic aloe vera, it moisturises, nourishes and hydrates the skin. It has a very strong rose scent which does take some getting used to. While it does plump the skin and feels good on, I prefer The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask.
Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
Also great for drier skin types, this hydrating mask works to retain moisture, improve skin’s elasticity and prevent dryness. Whilst I cannot deny the benefits of using honey on the skin, the runny, sticky texture just makes my head hurt and my bathroom a mess. I prefer using honey in a DIY mask with stiffer ingredients where I still reap the benefits without the chaos.
So I’ve listed the masks according to my favourites but remember that it could differ based on your skin type. I have oily/combo skin so I usually multimask and apply certain ones to the areas of concern. The masks from The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks are well formulated and some of the best I’ve ever tried. I highly recommend you get a few samples the next time you’re in store. Trust me you’ll be purchasing a full size in no time.
Price & Where to Buy
The Body Shop Superfood Face Masks retail for R300 each for 75ml. If you use a face brush (or flat foundation brush) like I do, it will last you for months to come. They are available at The Body Shop stores nationwide and at Clicks online. The Body Shop and Clicks is currently having a 3 for 2 special so now might be a good time to save some bucks.
What are some of your favourite face masks?