Welcome to the third post in my 5 part review series of the The Body Shop’s new Superfood face masks. Today we’re going to be moving on from the two exfoliating masks (the Himalayan Charcoal and Amazonian Acai masks) to an ultra-rich, hydrating mask – The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask. Could this be the ultimate mask for fall and winter months? Let’s find out!
The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
The Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is a honey-textured moisturizing mask that claims to nourish the skin and boost hydration, giving it a softer and smoother feel after each use. This hydrating mask works to retain moisture, improve skin’s elasticity, and prevent dryness at times when we need an intense nourishing treatment.
- Community Trade Honey from Ethiopia
- Community Trade Marula Oil from Namibia
- Community Trade Olive Oil from Italy
How to Use
To use The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey face mask, apply on freshly cleaned skin using either a brush or your fingers. Smooth an even layer of the mask onto the face, as well as the neck and décolletage if desired. Leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes, then use warm water and a muslin cloth (or regular washcloth) to remove the mask, working in gentle circles. Use 2 to 3 times a week for best results.
The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask Review
Formula – The texture of The Body Shop’s Ethiopian Honey mask feels like a cross between honey (as you might expect) and a gel, hence it’s a bit thinner and also much easier to spread than actual honey. It has a sweet, almost gummy bear-like scent that isn’t too strong nor too sweet – something that I find quite pleasant to smell as you wear it. 🙂
Application – A nice thin coat is all you need with this mask. Once applied, the honey-infused formula immediately envelopes your skin and creates a comforting, warming sensation – like wrapping your face in a warm fuzzy blanket. It maintains its shiny appearance and sticky feel throughout the treatment – it doesn’t sink in or disappear into your skin. (So if you’re like me and like to wear these types of masks overnight, I’d skip it. It’s going to make a complete mess on your pillow!).
Results – After just the first use, the Ethiopian Honey mask left my skin feeling amazingly smooth and baby soft. A lot of the redness on my cheeks had also subsided, making my complexion look more even and feel surprisingly calm.
I decided to skip the moisturizer for a good 20 minutes to see how long the hydration would last. At first, my skin felt surprisingly comfortable, then at around 20 minutes, it began to feel a little tight. However, when it came time to apply moisturizer, I didn’t need to use quite as much as I normally do.
In terms of the Ethiopian Honey mask’s lasting effects, I have to say that as the day went on, I actually noticed less oilies in my T-zone. It seemed the mask had really helped hydrate and ultimately balance my skin, to the point where it didn’t have to compensate for dryness by producing more oil. To me, that’s a clear sign of a hydrating mask actually working!
Overall, if you’re looking for an intensive, hydrating facial mask to keep your skin quenched during the fall and winter months, The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask is worth a try. While other hydrating masks lack lasting results, this one kept my skin feeling soft, smooth, plump, and comforted – throughout the whole day too.
Compared to The Body Shop’s most comparable mask within their Superfood mask range – the British Rose Plumping Mask – I much prefer this one. It’s hydrating abilities to me are far superior and last longer, and you still get the plumping effect that goes along with the hydration surge.
Have you tried The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask?