Product Type: The Body Shop body care
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The Body Shop Blue Corn Scrub Mask
Member Name: alyson29
The Body Shop Blue Corn Scrub Mask
Date: 03/02/13, updated on 03/02/13 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Smells stunning and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and smooth
Disadvantages: Messy to use, my skin itched during use and felt a little dry after rinsing
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.
Summary: An average face mask from The Body Shop