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THE PRODUCT: The Aloe range from The Body Shop is fragrance-free and alcohol-free and their range of aloe products is clinically proven to be suitable for sensitive skin and helps to soothe signs of irritation. Aloe Vera is a natural skin soother and is perfect for allergy-prone, itchy or red skin. The Aloe Vera used in their products is sourced from their community fair trade partners and contains no added preservatives. The mask comes in a round tube which is which in colour and round the side of the tub and also on the lid of the tub it states what the product is. It also states that this is for sensitive skin as well. The pot holds 100ml of the restoring mask. On the bottom of the tub is a label which you can peel open to reveal a list of ingredients. There is no information on how to use the product so I had to look this information up on the Body Shop website. All the Aloe products come in white packaging to its easy to tell this range from the other ranges that are available.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased the product from my local Body Shop store where I got some money off for using my Body Shop card. The product is priced at 12.00 for a 100ml tub of the product which does seem a little pricey so I suggest looking on The Body Shop website to see if they have any discount codes so you can get money off of this item (www.thebodyshop.com).
USING THE PRODUCT: To use the product apply a layer to cleansed, toned skin with fingertips. Leave for up to 20 minutes and gently massage into your skin. Use this product once a week for softer, smoother skin. I use a cleanser and toner on my face which I would like to add is not from the Aloe range but is from The Body Shop. I unscrewed the lid from the top of the tub which revealed the Restoring Mask. The product inside is white in colour and looks glossy. Using my fingertips I dipped it lightly into the tub so that there was a reasonable amount on them. I then applied this to my face gently. Although they tell you to leave the product on for 20mins and then massage in I was going to use this product overnight for best results. The cream feel cooling and refreshing on my face and I found the cream really easy to apply. I did apply a thin layer and used it in the same way I would apply a moisturiser before going to bed. This product is a little thicker than a moisturiser but you still only need to use a little of it otherwise you might find that you skin looks/feels a little greasy. The product didn''t have any kind of scent to it. After massaging the product into my skin I then got into bed and hoped that the mask would work its magic overnight and I would wake up with smooth, soft skin. When waking up the following morning, my skin felt really different. It felt hydrated and it felt really smooth and soft. I was actually very, very impressed with the results. My skin not only felt great but it looked great too and it look healthy and hydrated. I wasn''t sure how well this product would work as I used it in a different way to that suggested but the results really were fantastic. I don''t use this mask every night before going to bed as I do have another night cream that I use in between this one. I use this mask at least once a week to give my skin that restoring boost of moisture that it sometimes needs. I sometimes suffer from dry skin around the eye area and the good thing about this product is that it doesn''t irritate it or make it sore. The product in general is very kind to my sometimes dry skin.
Working nightshift really takes it toll not only on my mind, social life and sleep pattern but on my skin too. At my work place, the heating is cranked up and with lack of sleep, heat and sweating my skin suffers badly! I've tried many make up tips to try and mask the tiredness but the best thing for a person to do is to take care of the skin under the make up. I'm a big fan of the body shop and haven't yet found any skin care products that work for my skin than from this store, such as vitamin e and the aloe Vera range. I've been using the aloe vera day and night creams (well, the night cream in the morning when I go to bed and the day cream before I apply my make up before my shift at 8pm..) and I've found it to work really well with my aching skin! I picked up the Aloe Vera Protective Restoring Mask with the intention of soothing my beat up skin!
The Body Shop can be particularly expensive at times however as I've discussed in previous reviews, www.thebodyshop.co.uk often has fantastic deals that your purse will love! During the festive period before I started on nights I snapped up £50 worth of products for £25, I was very pleased with this!
This mask is £12 for 100ml and the packaging is very typical of the body shop. It's simplicity really gives a professional impression however the colours very cleverly impersonate the intention of the product's results ie soft greens and whites to insinuate calm and soothing. It's a small, easy to open pot that is white enough for you to be able to scoop enough of the product out. One of my pet hates is dip pots where you have to use your fingers to get the product out, so I recommend using clean fingers when applying the product to avoid transference of infection!
Since I've been using this mask (around 3-4 times a week) I use it when I get in from night shift around 9am to prepare for sleep. The product smooths on very easily and feels incredibly soothing and glides onto my skin without much effort which, believe me, is very comforting after a 12 hour night shift! The texture is very creamy and because of this I had the impression that I would have to put on a lot but with each application I only need about two 50p blobs to cover my face generously. The mask feels very pleasant to wear and isn't the kind of mask that dries, it provides the moisture and cooling effect like a soft, wet flannel :) after about 15/20 minutes I use cotton pads to remove the excess product and splash my face with some tepid water to maintain that fresh feeling.
After using this product for about 4 weeks I feel that it is very beneficial for my tired skin and I look forward to an extra treat after work. Although I absolutely adore this range, I have problems with dry, rough skin around my nose and forehead so inbetween masks I use a sea salt exfoliator to take care of this. On a positive note the aloe vera range works well with this and has given my skin a nice glow! My skin feels soft, cared for and this really makes the night shifts a little more bearable!
I would recommend this product to anyone that has sensitive skin, it's very gentle and doesn't have that drying effect on the skin that most masks have. My skin feels nourished and it appears to have taken care of little niggling products such as excess oil and itchiness caused by the irritation of central heating and the cold weather. Although the product is rather expensive I would urge anyone thinking of buying this range to keep a look out for deals on thebodyshop.co.uk and save a fortune! If you have sensitive skin that's easily irritated and needs gentle nourishing, I would steer towards this product :)
I have been using the some body shop products for years but for the past few years Lush has overtaken the body shop as my first port of call for bath skin care goodies. It is only recently that I have started to rediscover just how good some of their products are. I have always loved their perfumes and body butters but have started to sample some of their skin care range and have been pleasantly surprised by it.
I decided to try some of their aloe vera products as they are currently available online at a discounted price. My favourite one in the range has to be the aloe protective restoring mask. The mask is a weekly intensive mask used to restore hydration to the skin. To use it you just need to cleanse the skin and put a generous layer on and leave it for 20 minutes before wiping off the excess with some tissue or cotton wool.
I have dry sensitive skin which is often sore and red thanks to my rosacea but this mask seems to really be helping in getting my skin back under control. It feels lovely on my skin and afterwards my skin is left feeling so soft and smooth and the redness and inflammation is really calmed down. It is one of the few masks that I have used that doesn't cause me any irritation whatsoever and actually helps calm my red sore skin down.
As I sit with the mask on a lot of it actually absorbs into my skin and to begin with I was worried it would be too rich and clog my skin up and leave me with breakouts as I am prone to them. It doesn't do this and instead it acts like a drink for my dry patches and afterwards my skin is left looking plumper and in much better condition than before.
It also lasts quite a long time which is good as when it isn't on special offer the mask costs £12 but this does get you a 100ml pot containing a lot of product. Even though it is supposed to be a weekly treat for skin I found that I used it every couple of days until my skin was feeling and looking better before I switched to using it weekly. I think that it might be too rich for using so often but as my skin was really dry at this point it didn't cause me any problems with greasiness.
The only problem with this mask is that it doesn't cleanse so if you have congested skin you will need to find another mask to use first to clean the skin out.
I really recommend trying this mask if you have sensitive skin as it will not only give your skin a moisture boost but it will also help take away the stinging sensation and cool and calm your skin right down.
I have always known the fact that I have dry, bordering on sensitive skin. I tried to deny it but all through my life I suffered, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin. The only advantage of having dry skin usually is that you are not prone to spots and/or acne - although occasional outbreaks are not uncommon.
I made do with Oil of Olay, Nivea Q10 and other readily available creams. When I switched from liquid make up/foundation to mineral make ups and powders, I was looking for a base that would not irritate my skin and keep it hydrated underneath the powder for a long time.
The Body Shop Vitamin E cream was too thin and watery for my liking, the scent, although pleasant, quite literally got up my nose and after a while I did not like it much. However, the Aloe day cream (after receiving a free sample) reacted incredibly positive with my skin and there was no adverse reaction, no stinging, dryness or itching. In fact my skin remained beautifully hydrated underneath the mineral foundation that blended perfectly with the cream.
But I was not entirely happy. After a nice long hot bath or shower my face craved more than just a moisturiser. I have a selection of body butters but I do not use highly scented butter on my face. I have Aloe body butter, I do not like to use it on my face despite being virtually without scent and very moisturising. I just think it is too much of a good thing and too greasy.
I got excited when I spotted the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask online when putting an order together (25% reduction on top of other money off offers can do the strangest things). I ordered it more out of curiosity than anything else.
Aloe Protective Restoring Mask is available in a 100ml pot, decorated in the very common and known Aloe light green colour scheme. The 100ml pot will set you back £10.00 if bought at regular price (10% discount for 'Love your body' card holders, even more reductions during money off promotions).
I don't follow a strict face cleansing regime. I am more likely to keep my mineral make-up on overnight (because you can) than spend time before bed to wipe off any excess. I do, however, like to clean my face with wipes rather than all sorts of bottles filled with lotions and potions.
According to The Body Shop website you should use the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask once a week after cleaning and toning you skin. I don't follow that school of thought and often use the mask as a hydrating night cream.
The beauty of the mask is that it is really a very hydrating and creamy face cream/mask that can be left on to achieve maximum protection. It is not as greasy and thick as the body butter but a lot stronger and thicker than the night cream. It is very hydrating and soft and will nourish your skin while it gets absorbed.
My facial skin is sometimes so dehydrated, it soaks up the mask like a sponge. Instructions explain that you should keep the mask on for up to 20 minutes, then massage your face and wipe off any excess with a tissue.
After massaging it into the skin, it leaves a nice but subtle sheen on your face. It does not feel too greasy and the longer it stays on, the more it will be absorbed into the skin. There is no distinct scent of any sort to this mask, very much in keeping with all the other Aloe products from The Body Shop. It does not distract from any other scents you are wearing.
This mask gives moisture starved facial skin a total overnight boost and my skin is loving it. And in the mornings I often feel that I do not even need add my moisturising day cream to enjoy smooth, soft and well-hydrated skin.
The money spent of the Protective Restoring Mask was certainly well spent. I can see a single tub lasting for quite a while as it does not need a lot of cream to cover the whole face and although it is a mask, it certainly doesn't look or feel like it.
Highly recommended, in particular if you get it on special offer or have a Love Your Body card where you get 10% discount every time you use it. I will certainly buy this one again.