The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask Review

The Body Shop always has amazing deals with their skin care lines.  I had always heard great things about their skin care products, especially the Tea Tree and Seaweed lines which I’ve heard is Holy Grail Status for girls with oily skin.  Since I don’t have oily skin, I can’t comment on whether or not that is true.  But I do like to take advantage of the deals and last time I was in there I picked up the Warming Mineral Mask.

From the Body Shop:

This mask magically warms itself up as you smooth it on. With feel-good ginger, cinnamon oil, and kaolin clay to deep cleanse all skin types.

This is a clay mask, so you know its going to be heavy and really thick.  There’s nothing else to say about the texture because its the same color and smell as every other clay mask.  What is different about this, is that when you apply it, it gets hot.  And I mean HOT! I was shocked about how warm this got as I applied it to my skin.  It means to open up your pores and get the clay way down deep in your skin and the hot temperature only lasts for about 5 seconds and then it feels normal.

The directions tell you to put it on, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wash it off.  You’re meant to do it once or twice a week.  I leave it on normally for about 10 minutes and then wash it off.  When you go to take it off, it gets hot again.  Basically any time you’re rubbing the mask or mixing it with water it gets really hot.  So it opens your pores when you put it on and take it off to make sure you’re getting all that dirt out.  I really like that concept because it makes me feel like its really doing something, really opening my pores to get all that dirt out.

Hot picture, I know, everyone has to do the duck lips every once in a while.  But I apply about a quarter size on my entire face.  I was using more in the beginning but found that using more than just a quarter size was wasting product and was making it harder to come off.  Its just as effective using a smaller amount than a larger amount.

After taking the mask off, my skin feels good but a little dry and almost chalky. Sometimes I’ll counteract the dry feeling with my night moisturizer.  But what I love is that it does seem to make my pores look a little smaller after I’m done.  I know that physically, you can’t really make your pores smaller, but my perception is that my pores are less apparent for about 12 hours. Also, it majorly strips off the oils of my face and seems to control the shininess of my face the next day.  It seems to neutralize my skin and leaves it really soft and shine-free the next day.

Overall, I like this mask and will definitely use it up.  I don’t know if I would repurchase because the Body Shop has so many masks that I want to try.  But it definitely lessens any oil I may have, and helps control shininess for the next day.  While I don’t have a problem with oily skin, I like to not have to worry about shine in my t-zone.  I love that it gets as hot as it does but be warned, its hot.  It is a little drying though, so if you have really dry skin this might not be for you.  For anyone with normal, combination or oily, I would recommend this.

Grade: A-

Price: $17


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