Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask

I have a new addition to my skincare routine, and though I don't want to profess love at first try for skincare products, this one's an exception since it works amazingly even from just the first use!

My skin usually feels oily, but sometimes when I get a facial (no pricking involved) or have my makeup done, the pros always tell me that my skin's actually dehydrated (especially around the cheeks), hence its rough texture. The reason why it feels oily is because it overcompensates for its hidden dry state. Also, I'm prone to getting whiteheads. Whenever I don't wear makeup, I look sick sometimes because my skin tone is uneven and dull. Because of that, I always have to at least have a light layer of powder on to look presentable. Let's see how this Chinese-inspired mask will help my Chinese skin. :D

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask (P1,195)
Brightens. Evens. Revitalises.
100% Vegetarian


Noteworthy ingredients in this mask: luffa (to exfoliate and heal the skin), kaolin (to clear pores of dirt and oil), sesame seed oil (to moisturize, reduce scars and rashes), shea butter, salicylic acid, menthol, ginseng root extract (to tone and stimulate the skin), and rice extract (to soothe inflamed skin).

This unique blend of ingredients all have common benefits for the skin: moisturizing, anti-aging, and healing. The ingredients are also known to make spots fade and calm the skin. Hence, the more even appearance.

The glass jar is simple, but heavy and with a premium feel. I do not advise toting it around during travel. You can transfer the mask into a smaller pot for convenience. It also comes with an inner lid to protect the product. This mask is good for 12 months after first use.

How to use: Cleanse the skin and pat dry. Smooth an even layer of mask onto the face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Apply to neck and décolleté if desired. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off in circular motions to gently exfoliate.

The box says use 2 to 3 times a week, but since this mask is gritty, 1 to 2 times a week is enough. The mask has a combination of round and long scrubs (that looks and feels like loofah to me). It has a bright fragrance that has been blended with strong Chinese herbs (hello, ginseng), which smells rather medicinal/floral but I'm fine with it. The mask feels really cooling and soothing. It didn't harden/solidify, and it was easy to wash off. It's not messy, compared to clay masks I've tried before.

When I washed it off, I couldn't believe my skin's state. It was so clean, pure, and most importantly, even! I've been having bad sleep lately, but the mask banishes all signs of haggardness away. 

After masking

Closer look

My pores were noticeably smaller, and my skin looks bright and even. That's just after one use, guys. With consistent use, this mask promises reduced skin imperfections and a more renewed appearance. I can't wait! (And yeah, I'll be skipping makeup for now!) :D

I've always liked using sheet masks, but they're either hit or miss. Sometimes, I see instant results, but sometimes they just make my face feel wet and moisturized with no extra oomph! Also, the excess essence I always just tend to wipe off with tissue since my skin is unable to absorb everything, so there's wastage. With this mask, you get only the amount of product you need per usage. And a jar will last you months. I did the math, if I were to buy my favorite fancy hydrogel mask at around P150 per sheet, then I could just buy 8 pieces of that. As opposed to The Body Shop's mask which for sure will last more than 8 uses. In the long run, it's value for money - as long as you get the perfect variant for your skin type.

If you're curious with The Body Shop's range of Expert Facial Masks, you can get your FREE sample here (until November 2, 2016). You will need to take a skincare consultation test to know what mask fits you! 

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  1. :o!! Looks like we have the exact skin probs from what you described, I'll definitely be getting my free consultation and sample to test 'em out :D

    Joyce | Joycentricity

    1. OMG! Skin twin! They might give you this variant. I'm excited for you, Joyce! HEHE :)


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