The Body Shop has been a trusty source for indulgent, pampering products for years, yet face masks haven’t been a huge focus for the brand—until now. This Fall, The Body Shop introduces their brand new range of Expert Face Masks.
These five, superfood-infused recipes are inspired by traditional beauty rituals and remedies from around the world and they are awesome.
I actually was able to play with these masks back in June when I joined beauty editors and bloggers from around the world in the English countryside (we actually got to visit the organic rose farm where they source their British Rose extract)!
Not only did we get to learn great tips and tricks from Vanda Serrador, Expert Facialist for The Body Shop, but we got to be the first to multi-mask and play all night with the different formulas.
Each mask is made with 100% vegetarian ingredients (the Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose and Amazonian Açai masks are also vegan) and are formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils. They come packaged in luxurious jars that resemble those of the Spa of the World Collection (my favorite range from The Body Shop).
The masks each address a certain skin issue or concern:
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
If you’re feeling congested, oily and like you need to get the gunk out of your skin, this mask is for you.
This charcoal-infused formula is for skin that needs to release impurities and toxins. It’s inspired by Ayurvedic traditions and uses Bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills. Charcoal is such a hot ingredient right now because it is known to be extremely effective at drawing out impurities and absorbing excess oils.
Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask
If your complexion is looking a little lacklustre and tired, this mask will perk you right up.
Inspired by the rituals of Amazonian tribes, this formula uses acai berry from Brazil which is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of fatigue. It also contains Guarana seed extract, which has a high concentration of caffeine to perk your skin up instantly.
Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
If your skin is having a little freakout and is in need of an S.O.S, try this mask.
Infused with Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, this formula was inspired by African healing and soothing rituals. It helps to intensely nourish, smooth and hydrate skin while improving the natural skin barrier function of the skin over time.
Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask
If your skin is looking dull, flaky and flat—give this mask a try.
Inspired by Chinese beauty traditions, this formula uses Ginseng extract to stimulate the skin (for that healthy glow) while Rice extract exfoliates skin to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. It’s creamy, but gritty, and it leaves skin feeling super smooth right away.
British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask
If your dry skin is craving a deep quench, this mask will plump and hydrate beautifully.
This formula, inspired by European beauty rituals, is super refreshing and smells incredible (it really smells just like the rose farm I visited in England)! It’s infused with real rose petals and rose essence to replenish skin’s water reserves and sooth with organic aloe vera. This one is by far my favorite mask out of them all, especially as we move into cooler weather this Fall.
A couple of these masks actually remind me of a few cult classics already on the market. While they aren’t exactlty the same, the Himalayan Charcoal mask works similarly to the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD treatment and the Ethiopian Honey mask and British Rose mask each could be an affordable alternative to two of Fresh’s most-loved masks.
While these masks are really amazing on their own, they work fantastic as a team. Different areas of our face might have different needs, so combining masks (aka “multimasking”) and treating different areas separately on the face is a great way to create a customized facial like you would receive at the spa.
Vanda created two multimasking facials you can try if you want to give it a go but aren’t exactly sure which mask should go where.
The Replenish & Recharge Facial
This ritual is fantastic for sleepy, stressed out skin that needs to get its glow back.
Apply the Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask to the forehead and nose.
Apply the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask to the cheeks.
Apply the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to the chin.
Let everything sink into the skin for 5-10 minutes.
The Hydrate & Invigorate Facial
This ritual is perfect for partied-out, thirsty skin that needs a pick-me-up.
Apply the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask to the forehead and nose.
Apply the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to the cheeks.
Apply the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask to the chin.
Let everything sink into the skin for 5-10 minutes.
Another great way to boost your at-home facial game? Apply your mask(s) with The Body Shop Facial Mask Brush ($15). It’s a synthetic, precise brush (it looks similar to a foundation brush) that gives you a smooth, even application each time. It’s a small investment that really makes a big difference and makes mask time feel even more spa-like.
The Body Shop Expert Face Masks retail for $28 each and are available in stores and online now at thebodyshop-usa.com.shop this story