Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask - £13
I am such a big fan of face masks – I try to do them whenever I can even though it can be is hard to find the time.  When I do actually commit to one that suits my skin and use it a few times a week the results are always great. My favourite kind of face masks are clay/mud masks, I have tried others in the past like creams or peels, but they just don’t seem to suit my skin or give any noticeable benefits for me.

The latest one I have started using is the Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. I bought this just before Christmas when they had some amazing discount codes on their website. It was spend £50 and get £25 off so I went a bit Body Shop crazy. I chose it because it said it is best for oily/combination skin and I am always looking for products to try which reduce excess oil. I always prefer to use products which are made especially for my skin type, products which say they are made for all skin types just don’t seem to work for me! I also chose it has I have read some amazing things about the benefits of seaweed to the skin and wanted to try some myself.

The first thing I liked about it when it arrived was the packaging. It comes in a plastic pot with a twistable lid – this means it is easy to store and there is no mess after using. I’d say there are around 10 uses in one pot so it is very important to me that the packaging is durable and there are no worries of it falling apart or leaking.  

The next thing I noticed about it which I really like is the smell of the face mask. It smells very fresh, clean and reminds me of the ocean if that makes sense! It is a grey colour and a very thick consistency. This is great as I didn’t find I need much at all to get a good thick layer all over the face. 

When applied, I’d say it takes around 10 minutes to dry – maybe a bit longer depending on how thick the layer is. When applied it does sting slightly and when it starts to dry you can really feel the tightness. I personally didn’t find this bothered me at all, but if you have sensitive or dry skin I can imagine this would be quite painful and probably do more harm than good, so I wouldn’t recommend it. With this face mask I think it’s really important it is ideal for your skin type, so if you have oil/ combination skin or normal skin, I would definitely recommend.

When I washed it off, I could instantly feel the results, my skin felt so clean, refreshed and soft. After doing some research I have read that seaweed has an anti-inflammatory effect which reduces the swelling of spots and pores, and it removes dead skin cells which can block pores. I really noticed the effect of this, I applied it in the evening before bed and in the morning a couple of spots that had a bit of redness had really reduced dramatically! Seaweed is packed with minerals and vitamins which moisturize the skin – and it is completely oil free! 

As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of this face mask. I will definitely be repurchasing it again when it runs out, at £13 it is expensive, however considering you get around 10 uses I think it’s quite reasonable. Also, Body Shop always have such amazing discount codes so I will be looking out for these.  I have noticed as well that they have a whole range of products available made with seaweed, and I definitely want to try some more! 

Has anyone tried this face mask or any other products from the seaweed range? Are there any others you recommend?

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