The new series has different container from the other masks in THE BODY SHOP, change from the tube to the jar container. This body shop masks series is 100% vegetarian and natural.
To be honest, I don’t think the ideas of this whole series are creative or high tech, they’re just traditional ingredients. However, it’s cheap and it works, who cares.
Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
This is the one I got it after considering for so long in the store, because sometimes I do put HONEY on my face as a mask. Honey really moistures and smooths my skin and it’s gentle and natural. You can use it 2-3 times a week after shower or during bath, I always believe that the heat and humid of the steam will help your skin absorb quickly and intensively. The mask basically looks like honey, as golden as the color, as thick as the texture. It’s for all skin type, and you can find your skin softer and smoother after used. On the other hand, you have to wash several times to clean it up, you might need a cloth.
What other benefits HONEY got?
As we all know that honey is amazing for healing and moisturising. Applied to skin surface with honey, it provides nutrients to cells to promote their division and growth, also it can effectively reduce or remove wrinkles. Even for the acne skin type like me, honey has a strong bactericidal effect, so that it can kill or inhibit bacteria attached to the surface of the skin and protect your skin.
In China, honey is not only good for external use, but also beneficial for internal use. A glass of honey water (Room temperature) when you get up everyday, you will find your skin is smoother and brighter after 2 weeks. This honey water will get rid of the toxins of your body, and help you get the nutrition from breakfast.
For Chinese medicine, when we have sore throat or cough, we will mix honey with loquat juice, or mix with pear juice. Few days of drinking, the sore throat and coughing will be gone If you are going to a bar or club at night, it’s good that you can have a slice of bread with honey on it, you will find you can really drink a lot without dizzle. After alcohol, you can have a glass of honey water, it can wake us up and release the headache.
Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
This mask is blended with ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil. It’s a cleaning and exfoliating mask, meanwhile, it will moisture your skin. The good thing of THE BODY SHOP is you can ask for sample to try, then you can pick the best you would like to get. This mask is white cream texture, looks like my coconut mask. It makes my face brighter and smoother after, I don’t think it’s clarifying mask since it’s so gentle.
This is the second one I will get after I finish the honey mask.
Why is Ginseng good for skin?
Ginseng improve the skin blood circulation and that makes your skin absorb nutrition better. It prevents dehydration, hardening, wrinkling of the skin, furthermore, it enhance skin elasticity and inhibit melanin. Ginseng in Shampoo is able to increase the hair nutrition, improve the toughness, reduce hair loss.
If you can accept the bitter of ginseng, you might dry it and ground into powder, 1-3g everyday. Or slice it and put it in the hot water as how you make tea. As a Cantonese, we use it more in the soup, for example, Ginseng Chicken Soup, yummy. We believe that ginseng improves our immune system and gives us energy.
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
Who doesn’t like roses? This mask is a thick gel and it feels like a sleeping mask that you leave it over night. It’s more watering than I expected, should I use “lotion” instead of “gel’? It reminds me of the FRESH Rose Face Mask, both of them has flakes of roses in the jar, smell like roses as its name and moisture. If you don’t want to but get the mask of FRESH because of the price, THE BODY SHOP might be a better choice.
I really don’t have many things to talk about a rose mask, as we all have the idea how the roses work on our skin. It won’t surprise you with a huge improvement of your skin condition, in fact, it is gentle with a calming touch on the sensitive facial skin.
Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask
What’s more, the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask is a jar of jam, smells like it, and looks like it, unfortunately it doesn’t taste like it. I might say it feels similar as the honey mask, but I prefer the smell of this mask, like berries crush, fruity.
What is Acai?
The first time I saw it in the shop, I was wondering what is Acai? Sorry I really didn’t know this word until I looked up in google. In china, we called it Brazilian Berry, it becomes very popular nowadays as the health products and cosmetic use it as one of the ingredients. The Acai berry has strong antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, vitamin E and ellagic acid. It maintain the elasticity of collagen and prevent aging. It does sound like blueberries to me, well, it looks like it, so I guess it’s beneficial for your version and skin, just like blueberries.
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
It looks like clay with the crunch texture, I think it’s for combination or oil skin. I don’t know if it’s my sensitive skin, or it stings a bit while working, but the feeling fade away after few minutes. It dries and the color changed after 10-15 minutes, it really depends on how thick you apply on your face. Finally, it really works, my skin is softer and it’s SO CLEAN! On THE BODY SHOP website it says that use two to three times a week, in fact, I would recommend maximum twice a week, because it’s a cleaning mask and it works too well.
There is a method to apply the body shop masks according to different facial needs, you could also take a try.