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    THE BODY SHOP HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK*

    The Body Shop is quickly becoming my favourite brand to use all over again after recently trying out their Almond Milk & Honey range and today the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.

    After a few sick days at home I was really excited to receive a package containing the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask along with the facial mask brush (perfect for applying the face mask with no mess!). Of course within half an hour of opening it I had it on my face. I was counting on a good face mask to perk up my mood.

    ABOUT
    The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is aimed to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of your pores; inspired by Ayurvedic Traditions. It’s 100% vegan and is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil.

    The bamboo charcoal is from the Himalayan Foothhills, the green tea leaves from Japan and the organic community trade tea tree oil all the way from Kenya. Quite an exotic mask, eh? Let’s hope it works really well considering the distance the ingredients have had to travel to land on my doorstep in a face mask.

    For somebody like me, with oily skin I was really happy to read that it also absorbs excess oil and leaves you with a youthful glow as I battle with oily skin every single day! At £16.00 for the mask it may not come in cheap for some, like I always say though: skincare should come at no price budget especially if the product DOES work. Using this 2-3 times a week for around a month would work out at less than £2.00 per usage which I think works out really well.

    The Facial Mask Brush is designed to give an even application all over and the slanted angle tip allows you to get into all the corners and niches of the face. It’s made from FSC elm wood from Russia and the bristles are fully synthetic which equals to a cruelty free brush.

    HOW TO USE
    Ensuring you apply this to a clean – makeup free face, put your hair back (as it could be messy if not!) and get ready to apply the face mask. Use the brush to evenly apply the mask to the whole of your face (obviously avoiding eyes and lips). You could also apply this to your neck depending on your own preferences but I chose not to. For problematic areas you could also just apply the mask in sections to target oily spots.

    It’s recommended that you leave it on for 5-10 minutes but I personally left it on until the majority of my face had dried (you will see the change in the mask colour) and then wiped it off using a face cloth soaked in warm water.

    Carry on using this 2 – 3 times a week for the most effective results.

    MY THOUGHTS
    Whilst applying this mask I felt like it went on really well. I used the brush sent to me to apply it although it’s not necessary. It can be applied just as well with your fingers but for limited mess I prefer to just use the brush and then rinse it under luke warm water to clean it afterwards. You’ll find that after covering the whole of your face, its more than enough product and you won’t need to apply anymore.

    The product itself is really thick due to the exotic ingredients in it. You can definitely see the small grains of green tea leaves when applying it to the skin. Since this product is quite thick and grainy it does provide exfoliation when applying the product and also when you’re taking it off your skin. The scent of this mask is overpowered by the organic tea tree oil thats used in it. I do quite like the feeling of the consistency of the himalayan charcoal mask on my skin, it most definitely feels like I’m having a at home spa day!

    Like I mentioned above I did leave this mask on for around 15 minutes until the mask had completely changed colour (which happens to most face masks that are similar). You can see the oil that has drawn out of the skin (especially on your nose area, for me anyway!) before removing it. I took myself to the bathroom and used a damp face cloth, you can use a muslin cloth or nothing at all but I would recommend using a cloth since the mask does cling onto your skin quite tightly. I found that wetting my face first and then going in with the wet cloth worked the best.

    The mask is advertised as a tingling charcoal mask and I have found that some people have experienced more tingling than others as I didn’t quite get the whole tingling sensation. I did for perhaps the first few minutes but it’s not something I would say stood out to me.

    Like mentioned above, you can visibly see where the oils have been drawn out of your skin with this mask as it leaves little dark spots all over the mask in the areas that it has worked the most. Since my skin is as clear as it has been in years right now my main focus was how it would leave my skin rather than if it would clear it up. So don’t hold it to me if you currently have acne-prone skin!

    I was left with extremely smooth, bright skin and I had to keep looking in the mirror as I honestly couldn’t believe how amazing my face looked straight after removing the product.

    It is quite an intensive face mask and I would suggest that you search TBS website for a mask more suited if you do suffer from sensitive skin as this mask not only unclogs pores but also exfoliates so works really well for those that want to focus on both areas however not great for those with extra sensitive skin.

    A few days later my skin is still feeling and looking fantastic. My nose looks smoother and brighter than it has done in such a long time, I mean it has been looking great recently as it is but this mask has made my skin look and feel even better. I would 100% recommend this mask to others with similar skin to mine that want the results I’ve had too.

    I think that over time this mask will keep my skin and pores visibly looking and feeling clear within. Since its recommended to be used 2-3 times a week I’m sure it will continue to work just as well as it has done the first time round.

    If you’d like to purchase any of the products mentioned in this blog post you can by visiting your nearest The Body Shop store (search here)

    Or by shopping online HERE

    Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask | £17.00 HERE

    Facial Mask Brush £8.00 HERE

    Have you tried any of the face masks from TBS?

    Let me know what your favourite one in the comments is below!

    Lots of Love, Debra-Bow xxx

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    This blog post contains PR samples however all thoughts and opinion are my own and in no way influenced by anybody else other than myself.