Can we agree on face masks being one of the best inventions ever? I don’t know how I managed to keep my skin looking good and clear before I started using face masks. I’ve tried quite a few different face masks over the last few years and it’s been everything from ultra cheap ones to really expensive ones – but I always came back to the same one because it actually made a massive difference to my skin. I’m talking about the Chinese Ginseng and Rice mask from The Body Shop, it is a clarifying polish mask that leaves your skin looking smooth and exfoliated.
Let’s talk a bit about the actual ingredients
The key ingredients are Chinese Ginseng, Chinese rice extract, and Community Trade Sesame Oil. The Ginseng comes from China and is known for its toning and stimulation properties and it helps to revitalize the skin – when you apply the mask you’ll find pieces of the ginseng root which you can exfoliate with once the mask has dried. The rice extract is also from China and it was traditionally used to moisturize and brighten the skin – which is also why it’s been used in this mask.
Photo from http://www.thebodyshop.com.sg/en/pure-healthy-brightening-range.aspx
The sesame oil is from Nicaragua and it’s from the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Co-operative. The Community Trade between The Body Shop and the Juan Francisco Paz Silva Co-operative helps its 275 members receive a sustainable income. The sesame oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acid(if you don’t know about these acids then have a read here) which leaves the skin feeling super soft and moisturized. The mask is made from 100% vegetarian ingredients – the only reason why it’s not vegan is that it contains Community Trade honey from Ethiopia.
The mask is made from 100% vegetarian ingredients – the only reason why it’s not vegan is that it contains Community Trade honey from Ethiopia. The mask has been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Use two to three times a week to reveal brighter-looking, even and supple feeling skin.
The texture of the mask
Like I’ve mentioned a few times (or ten) the mask contains ginseng root pieces that you can exfoliate with… Other than that the texture of the mask is super creamy and soft on the skin. Here you can see the Chinese Ginseng and Rice mask compared with the Japanese Green Matcha Tea mask which is a new addition to The Body Shops face masks. They are both moisturizing and exfoliating masks but as you can see, they are very different in texture.
So how do you use the mask? and how often?
Before applying the face mask you should remove makeup and cleanse the skin – then apply an even layer of the mask onto the face(always avoid the eye and lip area) using either your fingers or the Facial Mask Brush from The Body Shop. You can also apply the mask to the neck and décolleté if you feel like it. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes or until the mask has dried – you can now exfoliate your skin with the dry ginseng root pieces or just wash the mask off with a wet cloth.
When it comes to how often you should use a face mask I think it’s all about how sensitive your skin is, the actual face mask and how much time you have (honestly I don’t have time to use a mask like this one more than twice a week). Since this is an exfoliating mask you shouldn’t use it too often – properly 1-2 a week because it can be harsh on the skin to be deeply exfoliated too often. I use mine twice a week and always before taking a shower, it makes it a lot easier to remove and a lot less messy- the ginseng root can leave you with quite a mess when you try to wash it off.
Have you tried this mask? Let me know what your favorite face maks is! xx