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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask | Acne Prone Skin Review

Friday, 7 July 2017

You could tell exam period was vastly approaching due to the excessive breakouts on my skin. I have suffered with troubled skin for 6 years. In the months coming up to exams my skin had surprisingly being on my side with redness to the minimum and the odd spot here and there. I put this down to having a couple of weeks where I didn't have many deadlines hoarding over me. On top of this I was able to get a good nights rest and could focus on a daily skincare routine. However, once I decided that I should stop procrastinating and start revising my skin took a U-turn and drastically went down hill. 

Over the past 6 years I have tried everything for my skin, you name it I've tried it. After having a chat with one of my housemates she recommended 'The Body Shop® Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask' after having used it herself for a couple of weeks. As a student money is limited so I was slightly put off by the £16 price tag just for a face mask and due to being in an exclusive range it wasn't included in the 30-40% off deals The Body Shop® regularly have on (there are lots of other amazing skincare products included in this in which I will touch upon in future posts). I took the plunge and ordered the mask. I was also enticed by good reviews (who am I kidding I just like shopping) into buying the Tea Tree Toner which was included in the 40% deal (hooray!)


The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


I was presently surprised by how large the pot was once I had received it, making the £16 a little more worth while. Of course I never really pay attention to how many ML it says on the website (75ml). In terms of packaging I was thrilled to discover it had a small plastic lid in between the screw on top, as this helps with the product not leaking elsewhere. The mask itself is a muddy grey (I must admit it doesn't look very appealing but with all due respect it is a dream!) 

On the label it is recommend to cleanse your face before use so I went ahead and used my Neutrogena 2 in 1 wash mask and then finished with a drop (less is certainly more with this one!) of the body shop tea tree toner onto a cotton pad.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


I then went onto applying the mask across my face. Almost instantly I could feel a burning sensation (I suspect this was from the tea tree within the mask) despite not applying so generously, as stated on the pot due to being worried about my sensitive skin reacting badly. This sensation slowly turned into cooling and tightening of the skin. It is recommend to invest in a face mask brush to apply the product as I can't imagine it would be very pleasant to apply with your fingers. If you're on a budget then I would suggest using a concealer or foundation brush that you already own. I used a real technique concealer brush to apply the product (I mean why would I go buy a face mask brush when I already have the same thing right!?)

The mask itself dried fairly quickly with 5 minutes in it being mostly dry. However, since using this  product several times, I had opted to apply more generous amounts with it taking a little longer to set. After roughly 10 minutes the mask had fully set and was ready to wash off. Something I was impressed with was the exfoliation given whilst removing it, as it left my skin feeling soft and refreshed, My pores were noticeably smaller and left my skin glowing. After using the product once or twice a week for over a month I would definitely recommend this for anybody with blemish prone, oily skin as it truly "draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows".

  • 100% vegan
  • Tingling charcoal clay mask
  • Absorbs excess oil
  • For skin that needs extra purification to reveal a healthy, youthful glow
  • Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil
  • Ideal to create a facial at home
  • Packed with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan Foothills, green tea leaves from Japan and organic Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya


All products mentioned in this post have been purchased by myself, with my own money. Any affiliate links will be annotated with (af).

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