I have followed a strict beauty routine for the past 30+ years and at the age of 45 I am continuing to spend time cleansing, toning and moisturising on a daily basis. Whilst my skin was extremely oily when I was younger and subsequently prone to spots, as I have continued to age, it can now be described as T-zone where I suffer with oily areas on my forehead and nose with dry patches on my cheeks.
Consequently, I am always on the look out for products specifically designed for my skin type. I am a huge fan of The Body Shop, particularly as the majority of their skin products are highly effective in addition to being gentle. A couple of years ago I used a number of products from their Seaweed range; all of which I found favourable, so I decided to give their Ionic Clay Mask a try with this review discussing my experience.
The description of the mask appeared to be well suited to my needs, as it has been designed for combination/oily skin and claims to purify, cleanse and control excess oil. Whilst I do not suffer with breakouts of spots, I occasionally get the odd one due to blockage of my pores, particularly as I have a few enlarged ones situated beneath my nose. In addition, my forehead and nose, which are frequently oily, sometimes produce more oil, which is something I hate and as a result, I use products to control the problem.
The appearance of the entire Seaweed range is very eye-catching due to its calming shade of aqua, which creates the illusion of the sea. The 100ml plastic jar of Ionic Clay Mask is no exception with its tranquil packaging and tempting claims. Prior to initially using skin care products from this range, I cannot admit to ever having tried seaweed toiletries, but I was extremely pleased with the positive results. Following a little research I learned that the mask contains bladderwrack seaweed, which has been grown in clear waters of the south-west coat of Ireland.
You may not be aware of the benefit of seaweed in skin care products, but it is high in minerals and vitamins in addition to being antibacterial. Furthermore, it is gentle on the skin and assists in its natural hydration and best of all it is natural. However, when I looked at the other ingredients contained within this mask I was quite shocked especially as there are so many; very few of which are natural.
The screw top lid is easily removed to reveal a pale brown rather muddy looking mess; the appearance of which almost deterred me from using. As the mask contains clay I had anticipated a clay like/chalky aroma, but instead, I was greeted with a very uplifting fresh and clean aroma, which was slightly floral. We are informed that the mask can be used either once or twice a week with a thin layer being applied to cleansed skin. Despite the mask appearing almost solid in the tub, its texture resembled that of thick mud when I scooped out a small amount.
The mask was extremely cold when I applied it to my skin; a sensation I didn't find at all favourable, particularly as my initial use was during the cold weather. However, it was easily applied and spread over my skin with the iciness disappearing as my body heat warmed the mask. As directed, I relaxed for ten minutes whilst the seaweed ingredients worked their magic and worked their way deep into my pores. After only a couple of minutes of application I was able to witness a slight tightness, as the mask began to dry and transformed itself into an almost chalky like appearance.
I continued to relax for the allotted time after which the majority of the mask had dried, so removal was much easier than I had anticipated with the aid of some warm water. However, the mask was a little messy to remove and I found it splashing on the tiles at the rear of my wash hand basin, so be prepared to clean the bathroom after using! Once the entire mask had been removed, which took only a couple of minutes I patted my face dry and studied my appearance in the mirror.
Whilst the majority of face masks leave the surface of my skin feeling soft and smooth, Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask offered a silky and almost velvety texture. In addition, it offered a healthy and radiant appearance for an hour or so following use, which is something I always find favourable, particularly as I am so pale skinned. I felt that it had effectively removed any traces of grease and grime in addition to deep cleansing my skin. Whilst I suffered no dryness when using, my skin felt a little tight, particularly around my chin and cheeks, so I immediately applied my facial moisturiser. I loved the fact that the delicate aroma lingered for a short while afterwards and I felt that I had undergone a thorough facial.
My sister will no longer use face masks, as she complains that they draw out impurities and as a result, cause her to suffer with breakouts of spots. However, whilst I felt assured that the mask had rid my skin of impurities, I cannot report of suffering with any spots following my twice weekly use. Furthermore, I did not suffer any itchiness or redness when using, which is sometimes the case with some brands, which can be a little too harsh for my skin.
This is an absolutely gorgeous face mask although the initial application is a bit of a wake up call, particularly as it is so cold when it makes contact with my skin. Whilst the price tag of £12 for a 100 ml tub may initially appear a little daunting, I anticipate that it will last for approximately twenty uses, which is pretty good when making a price comparison with single use sachets.
I can highly recommend The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Face Mask, which receives five stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
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The product I am reviewing is a Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, from The Body Shop. The product is suitable for combination/oily skin and helps to purify, cleans and control access oil on the skin. I don't often suffer from spots, how-ever I do get the occasional break out during the time of the month and my skin can become a little more greasy and sweaty than normal. I thought that this would be a good product to use once a week to give my face a good cleanse and clean. As well as drawing out impurities the mask also refreshes you face leaving it feeling clean, soft and smooth. The product comes in a round plastic tub which is clear so you can see the colour of the product through the tub. There is a light blue label around the whole of the tub and one on top as well stating what the product is and what it does. On the bottom of the tub is a label which you can peel back to reveal a list of ingredients and how to use the product. This is in a number a different language. The tub can be purchased online from The Body Shop website or it can be purchased from their high-street store. This product only comes in one size which is 100ml. The tub at full price will cost you £12.00; how-ever I would suggest looking at the website as they often have some very good offers on here.
Using the Product
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I unscrewed the lid which was easy to do to reveal the clay mask. The mask definitely looked like clay and was a very dark grey colour. The mask looked quite thick and had a shine to it. I ensure all my hair was tied back and I used a hair band to ensure there were no other stray bits of hair in my face that might get covered in the mask. It suggested applying the mask in a thin layer and leaving it on for 10 minutes so this is what I planned to do. I dipped my middle fingers into the mask to ensure I picked up a nice amount. The mask felt cold and quite thick on my finger. I spread this onto my forehead first into a thin layer. The mask was easy to apply and did soften a little as I applied it to my skin. I continued applying the mask using a little bit at a time and then once I was satisfied I left the mask on for the suggested 10 minutes. It's important not to apply the mask to close to your eyes or lips, as stated on the sticker on the bottom of the tub. I presume that the mask may irritate these areas. I could smell the mask now it was on my face and the smell reminded me a little of witch hazel. Although I'm not a huge fan of this scent it wasn't too strong or overpowering which was good. The mask did make my eyes water a little when I was applying it around the eye area so I ensured I didn't apply it too close to the eyes in case of any irritation. The mask was a dark grey/green colour once it had been applied to my face. As I sat and watched the TV for a good 10 minutes I could feel the mask drying slightly which made my face feel a little tight. This how-ever didn't really bother me as I would be washing the mask off in approximately 5 minutes anyway. As the mask dries and leaves your skin feeling a little tight this may feel a bit strange to people who haven't used this type of mask before but it's completely normal as it's just the mask drying on your face, so you have nothing to worry about as it's meant to do this.
After 10 minutes I got ready to wash the mask off. By now the mask had dried fully and was a very light/pale green colour. I could also see some of my pores where the mask had been applied and this showed as small dots on the dried mask. I filled the sink up with lukewarm water and splashed water over my face to wash the mask off. I was actually a little surprised at how easy the mask washed off as I thought I may have to rub my face a little in order to get it off. After a few splashes on my face and a few extra to ensure I got rid of all traces of the mask I patted my skin dry using a clean towel and looked in the mirror. My skin looked and felt really clean and it looked so much brighter and radiant than it had done before. My skin also felt extremely soft and smooth, I was really impressed. I applied some moisturiser to my skin shortly afterwards (I am currently using the Vitamin E Intensive Cream) and this of course made it even softer and smoother to touch. The mask hadn't irritated my skin at all and I didn't have any skin reactions from using the mask.
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The mask is easy to use and is also very easy to apply. Over the 10 minutes as the mask dries on your face this does feel a little strange at first, how-ever once you get used to it, its fine. I found that the mask helped to make my skin look radiant and fresh and it also made my skin clearer too and since using the product once a week my skin has had less blemishes, even when it's close to that time of the month. Although I'm not a keen lover of the smell of the product, it's not too strong so is something that I have gotten used to since started using the mask. I was surprised at how easy the mask washes off which is good as it means you don't have to rub at your skin in order to actually get the mask off. My skin is noticeably clearer, more radiant and not only looks good but feels really smooth and soft too. In terms of value the mask is quite pricey in comparison to other masks that are available to buy in other shops such as Boots, how-ever I don't mind paying this much for the mask though as I think it's by far one of the best face masks I have ever used. As I only use the product once a week the mask will last me over a month. I think this is a brilliant product and would recommend it to others.
(review also on ciao)
I bought this face mask clay maskas I use the other products in the seaweed range and I have combination / oily skin. I used to use those ubiquitous sachets of blue clay mask years ago, but nowadays find them too harsh. I have also used the Origins black clay mask recently, and this seemed a lower priced alternative when on special offer.
The mask comes in 100ml pot, which is great for keeping in and using semi-regularly. It is very easy to apply - as other reviewers have noted, the mask feels thinner than expected, but I actually think this is a good thing as there is less of a severe tightening effect as it dries than with some masks. It doesn't sting my skin at all, as many similar masks do. It is much more gentle, and very pale in colour.
It took less than ten minutes to dry, after which I massaged it off with warm water in the shower. I was very pleasantly surprised with the aftereffects, actually! While the mask was being applied / drying, it was very unassuming and I wasn't sure what effect it would have. After use, my skin felt very soft, but at the same time very mattified and cleansed. It is hard to find products for my skin type as I find that products for oily skin often do not condition / moisturise, which my skin also needs. This is a very balanced, carefully constructed formula. I don't know how they do it, but for me if is highly effective as a cleansing mask that conditiions and softens too.
It was my birthday a few months ago and one of the presents that I recieved was a gift bag full of The Body Shop goodies, which included a pot of the seaweed clay face mask.
I'd seen this quite a few times in The Body Shop but as it's aimed at oily skin (and is quite expensive!) I wasn't too sure about it and gave it a miss. I'm glad that I got it as a present though as it's a pretty good face mask, although I definitely wouldn't buy it unless it was on offer as it costs £12.00 per 100ml. For that price I'd rather buy a fresh Lush mask which are full of natural, nourishing ingredients. I'm not saying that this is full of chemicals or anything, but most of the ingredients sound very chemical-like and it contains alchohol as well, which is supposed to be quite a bad ingredient in skincare products.
On a more positive note, none of the ingredients have been tested on animals which is always an advantage. The Body Shop claim that this face mask draws out impurities, revitalises & cleanses the skin and controls excess oil. It is best suited to oily, blemish prone skin and can be used up to twice weekly. As I have very dry skin I was a little worried that the mask would make my skin even dryer. While it certianly isn't moisturising, I've not found it to be too drying which I was quite pleasantly suprised by.
The face mask comes in a medium sized plastic pot which is round. The pot has a screw-on lid which is blue. It has the brand and product name written on it as well as a brief rundown of what it does. There's a blue label wrapped around the tub itself and the packaging is pretty basic. The face mask itself is quite an off-putting dark green/grey colour when it's in the tub but once it's dried onto my skin it's a lighter grey with an aqua green tinge to it. I was expecting this to very thick due to the clay in the ingredients, but it's just the right consistency - thick enough to feel luxurious, but not so thick that it is hard to spread over my skin.
One medium sized blob is enough to cover all of my face. I use a thin layer as instructed and it doesn't feel heavy or like it's clogging up my pores. I usually use mine before I have a bath and always wash my face quickly before applying it as this helps it spread over my dry skin. After I've applied it it takes around five minutes before it's really hard and dry and I leave it on for ten minutes - any longer and it starts to crack and flake. When it's on my face it has a pleasant cooling sensation and feels quite refreshing. The smell is pretty strong and the scent is okay - it's fresh, quite earthy and seaside-ish.
When it comes to washing it off I basically get into the bath and stick my face under the water and scrub my face like mad with my exfoliating face brush - this is the quickest way and it is way too time consuming to remove it with a flannel or sponge. So.. the results. They're good, but I've had equally good results from much cheaper face masks. It leaves my skin feeling tight (but not uncomfortably so), soft, clean, fresh and smooth. Visibly I've not noticed any reduction in blackheads whatsoever, so the claim that it draws out impurities is not strictly true. It dries up any spots and my skin, apart from the blackheads that I always get on my nose looks clearer, but the results are nothing special.
Overall I recommend this face mask but I personally wouldn't pay £12.00 for it and I give it four out of five stars.
I bought this mask because I enjoy trying new masks and don't really like to stick to the same one. The mask costs £12 which I think is pretty expensive, but it was on a '3 for 2' offer which made it seem worth it.
The packaging is a clear 100ml pot with a screw-off lid. Although, the pot is clear, you can't really see much of the contents because it's covered in stickers with the name of the product and information such as the amount of mask, ingredients, directions for use etc.
The product itself is easy enough to use. You apply it to a clean face and leave for 10 minutes (or until it's dry) and then wash off. It smells really nice. It has a fresh scent and smells like the seaside. However, once the product has dried on my face, it seems to smell different and not as nice. Also, when dry on my face it's quite uncomfortable and a bit itchy. This problem doesn't occur until it's dry so it doesn't really matter because I wash it off when it's dry. The product is a darkish grey colour with a dark green tinge. It looks very much like mud, but I love thick clay masks like this because I always feel they work better and seem more natural. I do find washing the face mask off quite difficult as it does dry very stiff but removal can be made easier by using a sponge or flannel or sometimes I use a scrub.
Once the mask has been removed my skin is always left feeling very clean and fresh. My pores are tighter and my skin is smooth and soft. I find that regular use of this product (once or twice a week) can help reduce inflamed acne. It really helps to keep my pores unblocked and free from dirt and oil.
I would recommend this product because it does what it says even if it is quite expensive.
I love products that utilise sea themes as I live next to the seafront and love the smells that are associated with it.
This clay mask is for combination or oily skin, it works best on my tzone but leaves the rest of my face feeling soft and clean. The product itself looks dirty but dont be fooled as it does work. It is dirty grey colour with bits in it and smells like seaweed.
The label says that they use Bladderwrack seaweed and that it grows wild, Im not sure how they harvest it.
It costs around £13 for a 100ml pot but as this came with my 50% off order I think it was a reasonable price. The mask is not thick really and you think it would be for the price. It smooths on nicely and although theres no instructions on the pot about how to use it I leave it on for around 10 minutes and use it once every 2 weeks.
It comes in a small round pot with a screw lid that comes completely off so you can get your hands in the pot to scoop the product. The labels are blue with a wave like design.
Make sure you screw the lid back on properly as if left with even a slight gap the product starts to dry up around the edges.
I think I will probably get around 3 months use of this pot or even longer as you dont need to use a lot of the mask at once.
I am enjoying my pampering and the body shop does not test products on animals so it makes it feel even better.
I bought this face mask with my "Love Your Body" card as I had a £10 reward on it.
The mask comes in a small round round pot and the mask has a clay like appearance. I would describe the smell of the mask as pleasant. It smells like the rest of the seaweed range if you are familar with the smell of that.
I find the mask easy to smooth onto the skin. The consistency of the mask is quite creamy, although it is rather thin for a good quality face mask. I did expect it to be a little bit thicker due to the price of it. The mask takes around ten minutes to fully dry. I would suggest that you leave the mask on for ten minutes and not for any longer. The mask can sometimes "over dry", leaving it virtually impossible to remove!
After using the mask my skin feels soft, smooth and cleansed. The pleasant scent of the mask lingers on my skin after use and the seaweed ingredients really help to revitalise my skin. This means that my usual dull appearance becomes much more radiant and my skin looks much healthier. It's almost glowing after I have applied this!
Then mask doesn't irritate the skin and it can be used twice a week as an occasional treat for your face.
Worth the money, just don't leave it on for too long!
On a recent trip to the Body Shop, I'd only intended to stock up on some Tea Tree night lotion and have a look at their blemish stick from the same range but for some inexplicable reason, I also ended up buying this face mask despite having only just bought a much cheaper face mask tube from Superdrug. I'd heard good things about the seaweed range but never got round to trying it until now.
The mask is a greyish shade and from first glance, you can immediately see the presence of the clay. That said, it's not particularly thick and seems less so than the Tea Tree mask that I was previously using.
I decided not to buy another tub of the Tea Tree face mask as I didn't feel it was doing anything particularly positive for my skin but I've been really impressed with this mask so far. While it doesn't make any wild claims to improve spot-prone skin, I've noticed a definite improvement in that department and whether it was coincidence or not, my skin started to suffer when I didn't use it for the best part of a week (having previously used it twice a week). Having used it again last night, the spots that reappeared look less intense and overall, my skin looks brighter and clearer after I use this.
I often find that face masks can take some getting off and this was certainly true of the Tea Tree mask. While this isn't as stubborn as that, it doesn't wash off particularly easily once it's fully dried. After various trial attempts, it works best for me if I wet a handful of cotton wool balls and use those to remove it. It's a bit messy and still takes a good few minutes but it's quicker than trying to remove it under the tap.
Once it's off, it makes my skin look rather pink so it's not a mask that you'd ever want to use before you go out. My skin doesn't feel overly dry after using it though, but I do like to put a dab of moisturiser on.
£11 for 100ml is a lot more than I'd normally pay for a face mask tub and I must admit to feeling a little bit sick once I put it on my shelf back at home. Now that I've started using it, it seems that there is better value to be had than you might assume as my generous twice-weekly applications have barely made a dent in the tub so far.
Price: £9.75 for 100ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Deep cleansing of combination/oily skins
The packaging looks nice and feels high quality as with most Body Shop products. It's a plastic tub with a screw off lid which is easy to open. It fastens nice and tight so it should be fine to keep in a bag or suitcase when travelling.
It's a fairly thick textured grey-green coloured mask with a very strong scent. The scent is quite natural, like mud and seaweed, and though it is strong it's not overpowering.
It feels really cooling on the skin and it spreads really easily meaning only a very small amount is needed to cover your whole face. You just need to apply an even layer, which is very easy due to the smooth consistency of the mask, leave it on for 10 minutes, then remove it with a soft sponge and water, or just with water.
After the mask has been on a couple of minutes I do find that it starts to sting a little on certain areas of my face, like the top of my cheeks, so I try to avoid applying it to these areas now. Other than that the mask feels very nice on, it tightens up a little as it sets, but not enough to be uncomfortable, and it feels refreshing.
Removing it is very easy with just a little water and as soon as it's off my skin feels so smooth and soft. It really brightens up my complexion and leaves my skin feeling and looking very clean and clear. Blackheads and clogged pores are diminished and my skin feels more even.
All in all I think this is a fantastic face mask.
Thumbs up from me.
****Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask
Recently i treated myself to a couple of face masks from the body shop and this is one of the ones i got.
They sell a wide range of skin care products and some cosmetics(foundation,some eye shadows ...). I would describe them as being more up market and a little bit more expensive than the average shop but worth it as the quality is great.
This comes in a round tub with a screw on lid. One annoying thing is that if you are not careful and the mask dries on the side of the tub it makes it hard to open and close.
Smell-I think that this has an ocean type smell to this and it is really nice.
Texture-As the name applys it is like clay.
Use-This is for combination and oily skin. I like how this deep cleanses skin. It can be used twice a week but i find once a week is enough to make my skin feel better.
At £9.75 this is very expensive for a face mask (most expensive one i have ever bought) and so i wouldn't buy it again because you can get much cheaper ones that can do the job just as well.