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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Face Mask / Subcategory: Scrub / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Exfoliates,

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      05.11.2013 09:55
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      A good weekly treatment

      The Body Shop Blue Corn face mask is a 3 in one product, which should cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise the skin. According to the Body Shop website, it should be used weekly.
      This product has been around for years and I remember using it when I was a teenager in the 1990s. I have a renewed interest in looking after my skin and when I was browsing in the Body Shop, I remembered this product and thought I'd give it another go. The mask comes in a little pot and you get 100ml. I don't think you need to apply a thick layer of it onto your skin and if you are careful, I think you could get around 10 treatments out of the pot. It retails at £10, but as with everything in the Body Shop, there is always an offer code floating around, so I got it for £5.
      The product itself is really thick, another reviewer said it was like porridge and I have to agree. If you tipped the pot upside down, the mask wouldn't fall out, its that thick. You have to scoop it in your hand and apply to your face.
      It has a really gritty texture to it and you can feel it when you apply it. It isn't pleasant, but it is bearable. I suppose exfoliators need to have a bit of texture to them if they are to remove dead skin cells. The mask also dries on your skin. You can feel your skin get tighter as it dries and if you talk, it cracks and starts to fall off.
      The recommended time is 10-15 minutes, which is more than enough. I always find my skin feels really dry after using it, so I have always applied moisturiser after using it, so it is more of a 2-in-1 for me.
      When I look in the mirror after using the mask, my skin looks really clear. I have lots of congested pores on my nose and the mask clears the up nicely. Recently, two people have commented that my skin is looking really good and I have to put it down to the mask.
      This is a really good treatment mask. It doesn't have the lovely smell and texture of a pampering mask, but it will clear up your skin and I will carry on using it because it works for me.

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      03.02.2013 15:17
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      An average face mask from The Body Shop

      I consider myself to be somewhat of a beauty freak and as a result, I own a ridiculous amount of products; many of which have been used several times and then I go on to open something new. I am frequently banning myself from making new purchases until I've used all of my current pots, tubs and tubes, but it is just so hard to resist. A purchase that I made a couple of months ago to use during my pampering sessions is The Body Shop's Blue Corn 3-in-1 Deep Cleansing Mask, which is intended as a weekly treatment with this review discussing my experience with using it.

      Whilst The Body Shop offers a number of ranges consisting of quite a few products, Blue Corn is stand alone where we are presented with a pastel blue/green circular plastic tub containing 100ml of deep cleansing mask. I've taken good care of my skin for the past 30+ years where I've used separate exfoliators and masks, but Blue Corn is a new concept for me with the product promising to deep cleanse, exfoliate and purify. As I suffer with T-zone skin, which is oily on the forehead and nose with dry patches on my cheeks I am extremely careful when choosing new products, particularly as I do not wish to exacerbate the problem. Consequently, I always ensure that they are suitable for oily skin, which is the case with this product with it also being suitable for normal skin.

      A real frustration with mine in relation to a number of The Body Shop products, particularly those that are contained within tubs, is that the instructions are printed on the inside of a sticky label, which contain several pages. After painstakingly pushing my finger nail into the edge of the paper label in an attempt to separate the pages, I managed to obtain those belonging to four and five, which offered the instructions in a multitude of languages. After several further attempts I gave up on attempting to find page one, which I presumed would have offered the English directions. Consequently, it was a case of looking on The Body Shop website to ascertain how to use the product, which I learned should be generously applied to cleansed and dry skin.

      I unscrewed the lid to reveal the contents, which appear to be pale blue in some lights and pale green in others. I wasn't keen on the idea of generously coating my face with the mask, which was very thick in consistency and reminded me of porridge. However, in order to achieve maximum benefits I followed the directions and scooped out a dollop with my finger tips and applied to my skin, which wasn't a very tidy process, particularly as quite a few blobs fell to the floor. Consequently, this is a task that needs to be carried out over the sink. Contained within the product are small particles and whilst The Body Shop do not provide a description, I would advise that they are slightly larger than normal run of the mill exfoliating products.

      I was blown over by the fragrance of this product and if my memory serves me correct, I used a Boots blue corn liquid soap years ago. I consider the aroma to be quite similar to that of calamine lotion although my husband would strongly disagree with me. I would describe it as clean and fresh and suitable for use by both men and women. As directed, I left the product on my skin for 10 - 15 minutes whilst I relaxed. The mask began to dry fairly rapidly and offered a slight tightness although I cannot admit to this being an uncomfortable sensation. However, as the mask dried and began to crack it offered a chalky appearance and I could feel my skin itching, so I couldn't wait to remove it.

      Whilst I would have expected the directions for use to advise that the product should be massaged into the skin in order to benefit from the exfoliating particles, The Body Shop simply informs us to rinse away. I felt this was defeating the point of a three in one product, so I decided to add a little warm water to slightly liquefy the mask and gently massaged it into my skin prior to rinsing away. The effects of the exfoliating grains were below average when making a comparison with other facial scrubs and I needed to rub a little more vigorously than I would normally. Removal was a little time consuming, particularly as the mask seemed to have adhered to my skin, so a little effort was needed especially in areas such as the eye brows, neck and the corners of my nose.

      After patting my skin dry I was still able to witness the delightful fragrance although this was combined with some tightness as well as feeling a little dry, so an application of moisturiser was necessary. However, I felt the product had sufficiently cleansed my skin and removed any excess oil in addition to it smoothing and softening my skin. I liked the healthy glow that it gave my skin even though this was rather short lived, but I felt the three in one abilities to be a little pointless. Rather than waste my money, I continued to use the remainder of the tub, but it is doubtful I would make a further purchase, as I prefer using separate masks and exfoliators especially those that make less mess and are easier and more comfortable to use. I estimate that I achieved around eight uses from the 100ml tub, which generally retails at £13. However, at the time of writing, you can purchase from The Body Shop website for the reduced price of £6.50.

      I took a look at the list of ingredients, which are contained on the underside of the tub and whilst The Body Shop generally tend to use those that are natural, the cleansing mask contains very few that I recognise. The tub should be used within 12 months of using and can be recycled once empty. Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a three star rating to be appropriate.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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        27.08.2012 15:23
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        Its a special treat but it was worth it with 50% off

        This face mask came in my 50% off package. It usually costs £10 for 100ml but I would not pay that this was a special treat as I am addicted to nice products!

        It comes in a small blue tub with a screw off lid like many of the Body Shop products. The instructions are on the top label if you peel off the label as it says to do.

        Clean your face and pat it dry, then apply a layer all over your face but not on your eyes or lips. Leave it on for about 10-15 mins (I would recommend 15 for maximum effect) and then rinse off with warm water.
        I usually put it on at the beginning of a bath and then wash off when getting out as its very relaxing. Its a wet mask and doesnt dry so you can put the lid back on the pot and use it again until it runs out.

        The mask looks kind of grey with sand in it. It has a sort of rough texture too it and smells almost like the seaside. It is a 3 in 1 mask and it claims to cleanse, exfoliate and purify your skin. It does this with the help of community trade blue corn powder.

        Its suitable for normal to oily skin and I usually have quite oily skin especially around my nose but then I have a dry t zone so its hard to find something that covers all of this.

        I use it probably once every two weeks as I have another mask I like to use (review seperate). Afterwards your face feels so clean and soft. I try to do it before bed as I dont like to apply makeup afterwards to let my skin breath.

        Try this as a treat as it doesnt do miracles but it feels very nice.

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        13.11.2011 22:59
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        A face mask & Scub that works - better for oily skin.

        I have been trying to look after my skin as well as possible since coming back from holiday, and trying to keep the fresh glow look. I usually use a face scrub when in the shower and with my usual tub being used up I was happy when The Body Shop had a 50% sale. I had a look to see what bargains could be had and was pleased when this popped up.

        ** Blue Corn 3in1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask **

        This is a 3-in-1 product that apparently cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises. It can be used as a face scrub or a face mask.

        It is aimed at people who have normal to oily skin. I have normal / combination skin so my face consists of dry, oily and normal patches. So this really should be fine for my skin.

        Key Ingredients
        1. Community Fair Trade blue corn powder - This is what exfoliates the skin and removes the dead skin cells and grime.

        2. Kaolin clay - used in a lot of my usual face masks, this draws out impurities and excess oils.

        3. Corn oil - Keeps the skin moisturised.

        I really like the sound of the corn powder and the fact it could be used as a scrub or a mask was a benefit to me as I am always in a rush.

        ** Price & Packaging **

        £9.00 for 100ml is quite expensive and I did only buy this because it was on offer. (50% sale at the time!) And that for me was a bargain. I would only buy this again if it worked really well. But as it is a mask and a scrub, it could be a great deal if it lives up to expectations.

        The product itself comes in a little blue tub. It matches the Blue Corn name and this is always a nice touch. I prefer face scrubs in tubs because I find it easier to scoop out and not to waste any.

        On the down side, I did not find any directions on the tub itself. I peeled all the little labels off on the top and bottom which usually hold the secret directions, but I could not find them. Ok, so it should be a simple product. But I prefer to know if it needs to be used on damp or dry skin and how long for. Some masks advise 2-3 minutes while others are much longer and about 15-20 minutes. So I had to spare a few minutes and pop on their website to double check. Slightly annoying but that is just what bothers me.

        ** Directions **

        So after my little snoop on The Body Shop website the directions were as follows;
        Cleanse skin and pat dry before applying a generous layer of the mask to the face, avoiding the lip and eye areas. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Use once or twice weekly after cleansing.
        Knowing me, if I did not look at the directions I would have used it on wet skin for a couple of minutes every day!

        ** What Is It Like To Use? **

        The mask / scrub it a thick blue pale blue thick cream like substance. Full of the dark blue exfoliating bits of corn. It smells quite fresh and almost menthol. I love this as it definitely makes you automatically feel refreshed.

        *As A Scrub * - It works brilliantly. I apply it gently rubbing it over my face. The grains are just hard enough to give it a good clean and it spreads out really well so you don't need very much. It washes off simply and leaves the skin ultra-smooth and clean.
        It does have a refreshing effect and it tingles very lightly on the skin but because it is being washed off straight away this is not a problem.

        *As A Mask* - the mask is applied exactly the same as the scrub, but I add a little bit more on. It doesn't dry out and stays as a damp mask. I prefer the ones that dry as I feel like they are getting more of the dirt out!
        You are supposed to leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. But in my opinion that is too long for this product. Although it is mainly natural ingredients it really does move from a tingling sensation to a stinging sensation after about 5 minutes. Now I don't have particular sensitive skin, so the first time I used this as a mask I washed it off after 5 minutes. I found that after using this as a mask, my skin was clean and fresh but very red and blotchy. I didn't like that very much as it shows it is a bit harsh.

        Either way, after using this product my skin does feel smooth and soft. Although if left on for too long my skin felt quite delicate and I could not use my normal toner and moisturiser for at least an hour afterwards.
        It does try out the skin quite a bit so would probably be more suited to those with oily skin rather than normal. It does however work wonders on spots and pimples. Where it dries the skin out and really draws out the dirt and grim, my skin always looks clearer after using it as a scrub. Even if it is a bit blotchy!

        ** Overall **

        Pricey but a product that you can get a lot of use from. I understand why they recommend using this just once a week as it does feel quite harsh on the skin which is a surprise for a Body Shop product.
        As said before, this would be great for someone with oily skin but as a general scrub or mask this is just a bit too strong for me. It did leave my face clean and soft my I did not appreciate how delicate it made my skin after use.

        I won't be buying this again once the tub is finished. I don't regret the purchase as it does what it says it does. But it does leave my face a bit too raw for my liking!

        Thanks for reading.

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          04.07.2010 15:46
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          Worthy of four out of five Dooyoo stars

          The Body Shop Blue Corn 3 in 1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask

          I originally bought this face mask after a period in my life when my hormones were all over the place and my skin kept on breaking out in blemishes. I thought a little face mask and a bit of pampering would make me feel more relaxed and hopefully make my skin less spotty. I was hoping for a win, win situation.

          --The how to bit--

          I'm sure that everyone knows what to do with a face mask but here are my hints and tips anyway.

          For best results it is always best to give your skin a quick cleanse, especially if you are wearing make-up before you begin, followed by a quick pat dry then you are pretty much good to go. I always apply a generous dollop of the mask to my face, of course making sure you are avoiding the more delicate eye and lip areas. It says you can leave this on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water (who would want to use cold when you are all relaxed :)). The body shop does say that the mask will not dry, but I find that it does. It doesn't become uncomfortable or too tight but it definitely dries out. As with most of my face masks I enjoy using them in the bath, this one is no exception; I feel that the heat and steam from the bath lets the mask penetrate even more into my skin. Plus I love having a nice relaxing bath and with a lovely face mask on it seems even more like a little pampering session.

          The Body Shop recommend that you can use this mask one to two times per week, however, I find that using it once every two weeks is more than enough for me. I don't have oily skin but rather my skin can be a bit dry at times. I think this face mask would be perfect to use more regularly if you do have a bit of oily skin, otherwise use it according to your personal preferences.

          --So why does it make a good face mask?--

          The Body Shop describes this as "a 3-in-1 mask that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises the skin in one easy step. It leaves the skin feeling clean, smooth and balanced."

          The three main ingredients that deliver the three important key features of the face mask, i.e. that is exfoliates, cleanses and leaves you skin still feeling moisturised are;

          * The community trade blue corn powder that provides a gently exfoliation for the skin, removing all those dead and pesky skin cells, excess oils and just the usual daily accumulation of dirt.

          * The Kaolin Clay, is the responsible ingredient that provides a deeply cleansed feeling, drawing out any impurities from your skin.

          * Finally the corn oil, creates the moisturised feeling of your skin that remains even after the mask has been removed.

          --Does it deliver its promises?--

          I really enjoy using this face mask and it does leave my skin looking and feeling clean. Although it says that it moisturises your skin it doesn't provide enough of a moisturiser for me. However, this is easily taken care of by applying some day cream or more often than not it is soon to be my bedtime so I apply a lovely night cream. It doesn't leave my skin feeling dried out, it just doesn't provide enough of a moisturised feeling, but as I have said earlier this mask is more suited for people with slightly oily skin who wouldn't want too much excessive moisturiser included.

          My husband (I'm sure he'd deny it :)) but he also likes this face mask, he doesn't apply it as a whole mask as I do, but rather if and when some blemishes arise he smoothers then in this and it does help. I think the real selling point of this mask is the deep cleansing and exfoliating aspects.

          One more small point, it smells lovely. Some face masks that I have tried have deliver on results but can smell a bit off putting due to the clay
          used, however, this one doesn't have that problem.

          --The cost--

          It is retailing for around £7.50 (in store anyway) for a 100ml tub, personally I have found with body shop's similar products that means about twenty or so uses. Dooyoo doesn't have a picture of this one but it is presented in a practical blue screw cap tub, very typical of the face masks from The Body Shop.

          --My overall opinion--

          I am going to give this four out of five stars. It really is a nice face mask that does exactly what is sets out to do, it cleanses, exfoliates and doesn't dry out your skin. I would recommend this, or at least next time you are in the Body Shop stop and have a try of it.

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            04.07.2010 02:10
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            A great all round product which does exactly as it promises

            I was buying a gift for a friend in the Body Shop and was lucky enough to find that there was a special offer allowing me to get a face mask for free! I have quite oily skin, particularly around my T-zone and decided to go with the shop assistant's recommendation of the Blue Corn Scrub Mask, which is for normal to oily skin. I'm so glad I did because it is a wonderful product.

            It comes in a pale blue 100ml tub with a screw top lid. This is good, much better than a squeezy tube, because it means none of the product is wasted.

            The instructions for use are located on the back of the sticker on the lid of the tub. It was a bit fiddly for me to peel it back but I have quite short nails. It states that you should clean and dry your face before use. Then you apply the mask to your face (avoiding the lip and eye areas) and leave for ten to fifteen minutes. The instructions say the mask wont dry but it does if you leave it too long. You then wash it off with warm water.

            The mask itself is a very pale blue colour. Its main ingredients are kaolin clay, which draws out impurities from the skin, Blue Corn powder, which acts as an exfoliant and helps to remove excess oil and dirt, and corn oil which helps to moisturise the skin. The blue corn powder is endorsed by the Community Trade scheme.

            It is scented with three essential oils, bergamot,geranium and ylang ylang which is stated to have an uplifting effect. However, personally I'm not a fan of this combination as although the smell isn't entirely unpleasant, to me it is reminiscent of clinical areas.

            It has quite a thick, grainy texture and you don't need to apply a lot of it to get full coverage of your face. When you first apply it, it creates a very strong tingling sensation which some people may not like. The first time I applied it I had to resist the urge to wash it off because I found it quite odd. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend it to those of you with sensitive skin because it may be a bit too harsh.

            As you wash the scrub off, the blue corn powder gives quite an intense exfoliating effect, helping to remove dead skin cells. It left my skin feeling deeply cleansed.After use my skin looked radiant and felt beautifuly soft. I also found that it helped to control the oiliness of my skin for several days after use, helping to reduce shine. As a result of this, I only need to use it once every couple of weeks to keep my skin looking great so the tub lasts quite a long time.

            It costs £7.50 to buy normally which may seem a bit expensive. However, it does use some Community Trade ingredients, which is a nice touch, and it does give fantastic results so I don't mind paying that little bit extra. I would highly recommend this product to anyone with normal to oily skin.

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              30.03.2010 13:16
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              A great face mask

              I read about this mask a long time ago in a magazine, and although it is quite pricey at £7.50, thought I would give it a try, in the spirit of the everlasting search for excellent beauty products!

              I'd never actually heard of blue corn as a beauty product ingredient before, but Body Shop says it exfoliates the skin and gets all the dirt and dead skin cells off. Sounds good!

              It comes in a small round screw lid tub of 100ml, which is good as at least you can use your finger to use all of it up rather than squeezing away on a tube.

              It claims to be a 3 in 1 deep action cleansing mask, which is for the following 3 aspects:

              1. Blue Corn Powder - exfoliates skin, removes dead skin cells, excess oils and dirt.

              2. Kaolin Clay - Deeply cleanses, drawing out impurities from the skin.

              3. Corn Oil - moisturises skin.

              The mask is a soft blue colour, and is quite clinical in smell. It's thick, rich and creamy, and has plenty of little grains in there which you can feel scrubbing your skin as soon as you start putting it on. It feels very strong and tingly on your skin when you put it on, which I was a little concerned about. You put it on for between 10-15 minutes (which is enough as it feels quite strong on your skin). I usually use it when I feel like I need a good scrub, and its about once every week or 2, although it says you can use it twice a week at most.

              Your skin does feel very clean and purified once using this, and the scrubbing action makes it feel nice and soft. With repeated use, it really does give nice, healthy skin, although be careful as your skin can be a little sensitive afterwards so I wouldn't rush to put makeup on or anything else afterwards, but you can put moisturiser on.

              This product is for normal/oily skin so definitely not for those who have sensitive skin. I think its good for people who have slightly problematic skin, as its good for a really deep clean, but if your skin is relatively good, I probably wouldn't use this, as it is quite strong.

              I'm not overly keen on the scent of it, as its not that pleasant, but I can handle this, as long as it gives good results, which it does! I have been using this on and off for quite a few years now, and am quite happy buying it, although its not the one and only good face mask out there so I like to chop and change sometimes for some variety!

              As I said, its quite pricey at £7.50, but you can often get it on offer, sometimes I look out for 3 for 2 offers in the Body Shop and stock up!

              Technical stuff in case you're interested:

              Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Zea mays, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Zea mays, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Zea mays, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Bisabolol, Propylparaben, Citrus grandis, Cananga odorata, Pelargonium odoratissimum, Limonene, Achillea millefolium, Citrus aurantium bergamia, Linalool, Azadirachta indica, Ascorbic Acid, CI 77891, CI 42090, CI 17200.

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                12.11.2009 21:19
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                Handy little pot to keep around to sort your skin woes!

                The Body Shop Blue Corn 3-in-1 (Cleanses, exfoliates & purifies) Deep cleansing mask is, in my opinion, quite a bargain. It's great for my combination to oily, fairly open pore skin.

                The pot is 100ml, which has lasted me for months and is filled with a thick dense clay like mixture. You apply it to wet skin and let it dry for approx. 10 - 15 mins (or until you can see it is all dry). It can be quite thick to apply, but with a little water smoothes on relatively easily. Once dry, you wet it and effectively cleanse your face with it using a circular motion ( to make the best use of the exfoliating properties). Pat dry with a fluffy towel!

                It really makes a difference to my skin by making it brighter, closes up my pores and my skin truly feels squeaky clean afterwards. It's not too drying which is great although it can make your skin tingle a little as you apply it. If I ever feel my skin needs a pick me up this is usually the mask I would turn to as it doesn't fail! You must let it dry properly though so that it can work it's magic.

                I think it's definitely worth the £7.30 it costs as it lasts a long time and is jolly effective! Similar to more expensive clay masks.

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                  19.05.2009 22:39
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                  i wont buy again

                  ****The Body Shop Blue Corn Scrub Mask****

                  I love face masks and enjoy nothing more than a lush filled bath and a face mask lol. So when i was browsing the body shop site about a month ago i purchased a couple of face masks to see if they were any good.

                  **Body shop**
                  They sell a wide range of skin care products and some cosmetics. I would describe them as being more up market and a little bit more expensive than the average shop.

                  **Packaging**
                  This comes in a light blue circle tub with a screw on lid. I quite like the packaging because i will be able to get every last bit of product out and not waste any.

                  **Product**
                  Smell-I think that this has a "fresh" smell to it. Its kind of hard to describe -very light sort of sweet smell.
                  Texture-This has a very thick texture to it almost like paste. It isnt gloopy just thick.
                  Use-This is for normal to oily skin but i have dry skin and it has been fine. It does tingle a little bit but not as much as the honey and oat scrub mask that is in the range. This cleanses and exfoliates the skin. It can be used twice a week which s the same as most face masks.

                  At £7.30 this is very expensive for a face mask and i would not have bought it if it had not been on offer. I liked it but i have other face masks that are just as good and half the price so i wouldn't get again.


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                  22.02.2006 19:33
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                  An effective mask where you can see the difference.

                  What intrigued me more than the product itself was...blue corn? It exists? Never mind a face product not being made from fruits and flower extracts, but this is made from corn? And to top it off - from blue coloured corn?

                  So I was interested, I wanted to try, I wanted to see how this magical new thing I just learned about, this blue corn, actually worked.

                  So I bought it - and it costs around £6.50 which is expensive (in my humble opinion), but worth every penny.

                  And you get a round tub of about 100ml, 4.2 OZ (120 g)

                  You can apply it around 2x a week, not daily as it's quite effective and you won't be needing to anyway.

                  You can seriously feel the difference. It tingles, and you can feel it working on your skin.

                  Your skin is tighter, smoother and fresher afterwards.

                  You apply an even base on the face, well around the cheeks, avoiding the eye area, on the forehead, nose, chin, jawline, even neck if you like.

                  Because sometimes when I didn't put it on the neck, and saw the difference later, my neck was darker than my face, which was kind of funny and showed that it was working.

                  The skin becomes silky, powdery to the touch, taut, firm, nice and fresh.

                  I love the feeling, and it removes all the excess dead skin, the top layers.

                  You leave it on for about 15 minutes, and it dries on your skin, then you bend over the sink and rub it off in gentle round strokes, and it crumbles off, leaving behind a white mask residue which you wash off with cold water.

                  I recommend cold water because the pores need to close now.

                  Hot/warm water usually opens them.

                  It's a good idea to wash your face in warm water before hand and dry it off. Your skin should be dry before using this product, it doesn't do a good job if your skin is already wet.

                  Overall, I don't know what I'd look like without it.

                  By the way, it doesn't actually moisturise your skin, so use something else for that. It basically does its job.

                  Oh, and another thing:

                  I'd only recommend this to greasy, oily, or combination skin, because its for that skin type. The Body Shop has other such facial masks for other skin types, but this is essentially for those skin types, bear that in mind before trying!

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                    Who’s it for? – Normal to Oily and Oily Skin How much is it? - £4.50 at time of writing How much do you get? – A 100ml tub, and lasts plenty long enough Packaging – a black tub with a blue label. Simple and effective like most of the Body Shop products, not overly packaged. What’s in it? – Blue Corn powder exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, oil and dirt, Kaolin clay draws out impurities and excess oil, and Yarrow extract has soothing properties. It is also fragranced with three essential oils – bergamot (a personal favourite), geranium, and ylang-ylang, although I can’t really smell any of them, but maybe they are just that bit “too” subtle for me. I have been using this product for a number of years, and have found it to be very effective. The best facemask for me that I have found in fact! It has the consistency of a facial scrub, but slightly thicker, and it is slightly blue in colour, but very pale. It is recommended for normal to oily and oily skin, and is a terrific exfoliator. I occasionally tend to use it as a facial scrub alone, by massaging it over damp skin, because the grains in it are large enough to really stimulate the blood flow in the skin, and remove dead skin cells from the surface when you are exfoliating. Directions: I apply it all over my face, avoiding the eye area, as you would with any facemask, and then leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. It says that it doesn’t dry, but it does if you leave it on too long! Then I usually wet my face again with warm water, and begin to remove the mask, by gentle circling motions with my fingers, until the mask has become moist again. Then, just use it as you would a facial scrub, and massage it over your face, until the entire mask is “on the move” and there are no dry patches left. Then you can start to wash off the product as usual. It’s really a two-in-one product
                    , because you get a deep cleansing facemask for normal to oily skin, and a facial exfoliator in one. It has a pleasant but very subtle scent, and it makes your skin feel *so* smooth afterwards. I know it says you can use it once or twice a week, but I tend to really use it if I am getting ready to go out in the evening, because it makes my skin really soft, and make-up sits really well on it afterwards. I also tend to use it on isolated spots if I don’t have time to apply a whole facemask, as the kaolin clay really seems to bring out the impurities in the skin. Also available for Normal to Dry, and Dry skin is the Honey and Oatmeal Scrub Mask, which is priced the same, but in a pot with a brown label. Quite amusing: I read on the Body Shop website that Blue Corn is grown by the Native Americans of New Mexico, and the men “sing” their corn to maturity, and think about “good things” just so that their crop will grow up strong. I suppose it’s no different than talking to your plants, and after all, taking care of something often results in a fruitful outcome, and this can also be said of your skin. Overall: Excellent as a scrub as well as a mask, two for the price of one.

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