Today I’m reviewing the fifth and final mask from The Body Shop’s new Superfood face mask range – their British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, which is designed to plump, sooth, and re-hydrate. Is this a wintertime skin must-have? Let’s find out!
The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is a gel-textured moisturizing mask designed for dry, thirsty skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with hydration. Formulated with rose essence, rosehip oil, and aloe vera, it supposedly helps replenish your skin with moisture, while also smoothing and softening the surface, and soothing and toning. With continued use, it’s said to reveal a more dewy and youthful glow.
- Rose petals and essence of hand-picked roses from Britain – help replenish the skin’s water reserves while also providing gentle exfoliation
- Rosehip oil from Chile – helps tone the skin
- Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico – calms and soothes skin
How to Use
After removing makeup and cleansing the skin, use a mask brush (or your fingers) to smooth an even layer of the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask onto the face, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Apply to neck and décolletage if desired.
The recommend time to leave the mask on is 5-10 minutes (however you can leave it on for longer if you prefer). Finally, rinse off with warm water. Recommended usage is 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask Review
Open the jar, and the very first thing you’ll notice is the mask’s fresh rose scent (think a natural rose soap with a touch of citrus notes). It’s starts out somewhat strong, allowing you to enjoy the scent throughout the application process, then quickly fades after being applied.
The Body Shop British Rose Mask’s texture is that of a thick, slightly sticky gel. It’s translucent with a rosy-brown tint, and even contains little bits of rose petals, all throughout. I personally prefer to use my fingers over a brush when it comes to applying it. However, no matter which method you choose, the formula is incredibly easy to apply, and spreads out effortlessly.
As the mask sits on the skin, it slowly starts to absorb and sink in. What it eventually leaves behind is a thin, sticky layer that remains on the skin until you rinse it off. (Hence, it’s not one of those moisturizing masks that you can leave on all day/night, and use it in place of a moisturizer).
Although the directions say to keep it on for only 5-10 minutes, I much prefer to go longer – 60 minutes is my average ‘treatment’ time (and the sweet spot I’ve found for getting the best results!). Once it comes time to remove it, it only takes about 3-4 quick rinses of water before everything’s off. It’s definitely one of the easiest masks to remove from The Body Shop’s Superfood mask range (all the others tend to really stick to your skin, and require a washcloth to remove).
Once off, The Body Shop British Rose Mask, first and foremost, leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft and smooth. It also provides light, soothing hydration for my combo skin, which works as a nice pre-step to a day/night moisturizer. (However, like I mentioned above, that’s after leaving the mask on for 60 minutes. Anything less – especially 5-10 minute treatments – gives me sub-par results, with the least amount of softening and hydrating/plumping effects.)
Because of the soothing aloe vera and moisture-restoring rose petals/essence, I find The Body Shop British Rose Mask works particularly well in two occasions: 1) as a follow-up after a more intensive chemical/grainy exfoliating mask or clarifying clay mask, and 2) as a refreshing, restorative treatment after a day out in the sun (especially when cooled in the fridge just prior!), as the rose helps to re-hydrate the skin and aloe vera calms redness.
Overall, if you’re looking for an ultra-soothing and softening mask to add to your spa night routine (or morning routine if you have time to spare!), The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is worth trying out. Just remember, if you don’t see effects right away, try longer treatments (which from my experience, seem to be key!).