The Body Shop expanded their skincare line this year by introducing five new ‘Superfood’ masks. Each mask features a combination of skin-loving ingredients sourced from around the world – from Ethiopian honey to Himalayan bamboo charcoal. I just recently finished reviewing all five individually, and thought it might be fun to do a full round-up and ranking of my favorites. Let’s start from the top!
#1: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask – Bye bye GlamGlow SuperMud – I’ve found my new favorite detoxifying mask! Not only does this mask soak up oilies and purify pores, it also intensely exfoliates my skin, giving it an edge over the average clay/charcoal mask. It’s the mask I reach for whenever my skin is looking congested and in need of some serious maintenance. If you have combo or oily skin, I absolutely recommend this one (though sensitive skin types, take caution)! (Full review here.)
#2: The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask Review – Whenever my skin is feeling parched, I’ll coat it with this deliciously scented honey mask. The texture is so soothing, and leaves my skin feeling super smooth, soft, comforted and calm (making it a great follow-up mask after the Himalyan Charcoal mask). It’s great for all skin types, from dry to sensitive. (Full review here.)
#3: The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask – When my skin is looking dull and tired, and I have 10 minutes to spare in the morning, I reach for this mask. It’s the ultimate, refreshing ‘pick-me-up’ that adds a dose of moisture, smooths everything out, and energizes by increasing circulation. The end result is a healthy, radiant glow and a smooth base for makeup. It’s great for all skin types, though due to its acidity, it may not be suited for those with sensitive skin. (Full review here.)
#4: The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask Review – This is essentially a less intense version of the Himalyan Charcoal mask (and a great alternative for those with sensitive skin). Similar to the charcoal mask, it exfoliates and draws out impurities with kaolin clay. However, it differs in that the polishing granules are much smaller and less coarse, plus it contains glycerin, rice extract, and sesame seed oil to counteract the drying effects of the clay. Though I prefer the Himalyan Charcoal for exfoliating/purifying, when my skin is on the drier side (especially in the winter), I’ll switch to this one since it doesn’t dry out my skin as much, plus I’m able to use it more frequently. (Full review here.)
#5: The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask Review – Finally, my least favorite mask from the Superfood range is their gel-textured rose mask. While not as moisturizing as the Ethiopian Honey Mask, it does smooth out my skin and provide light hydration thanks to the rose essence, rosehip oil, and aloe vera – that is, if I keep it on for 60+ minutes. I see myself getting the most use out of this in the summer – I plan to keep it in the fridge and use it to cool, soothe, and calm my skin after a day in the sun. (Full review here.)
Have you tried The Body Shop’s Superfood masks? What’s your favorite mask or mask combo?