My name is Bex and I am a mask addict! I love masks. Cream, clay, mud, peeling, sheet, cellulose, nourishing... you name it and I love it! I recently spent an evening with the amazing staff from The Body Shop Belfast learning about all their key products and celebrating their cruelty free status and at the end of the night I was very kindly gifted their Japanese Matcha Tea pollution clearing mask - I was delighted!
We all know that the world has gone Matcha crazy but beyond an occasional frappe from a well known coffee house my main experiences have been with Matcha flavour cakes from my local asian supermarket. They are seriously amazing and the lightest sponge I've ever eaten but it doesn't exactly scream "good for you".
Thankfully, apart from being seriously tasty Matcha is ridiculously good for you. Traditionally brewed as a simple green tea it is packed full of antioxidants - 10 times the amount in normal green teas as you are consuming the precious ground up leaves rather than discarding them in your tea bag. It's buzz word heaven which makes me nervous - what works nutritionally doesn't always translate topically - but thankfully The Body Shop are known for cutting the bullshit when it comes to trendy ingredients and focussing on results. So with their mix of aloe vera and dandelion they promise that this matcha mask will purify and exfoliate your skin from the weekly pollutants of modern life.
Does it work?
When you apply the mask you get a slight tingle on the skin, the scent has a freshness that reminds me of something minty without actually being mint, and the coolness on my skin is lovely and calming. It's not a clay mask so I don't have to worry about flaking and the formula is quite sturdy so theres no sliding off my skin either, I like to stick it on just before I jump in the shower and then 10-15 minutes later, when I've done all my showery bits, I wash it off giving my face a lovely exfoliation. Afterwards my skin is so soft but - because I'm an addict remember - I like to top it up with a moisturising mask such as a collagen boosting sheet mask or The Body Shop British Rose plumping mask if I feel like staying on brand!
What I love about this mask is that it isn't fussy. It doesn't promise too much; just softer, plumper skin and it delivers on this. It is 100% vegan and cruelty free. Its not a miracle mask, it doesn't fix pigmentation or breakouts and it won't magically cure you of all ailments but it doesn't try to. It does promise to leave you with a deeply cleansed and fresh feeling on your skin and it really delivers this for me.