Hello my lovelies,
The neglecting of a balanced diet (especially including the drinking of water) led to the inevitable red angry spots reappearing on my porcelain face. Not that they ever went away completely, but this time they reappeared with a vengeance to remind me that I will not be free of them so easily.
Acne is a bitch.
Hence I had to break out my tea tree mask, and hope for the best! Here is a humble review of
The Body Shop website claims the following:
Cool and deeply cleanse your skin with our Tea Tree infused clay mask. Perfect for blemished complexions, the instantly cooling sensation refreshes skin, without over drying. This mask will help to clear impurities whilst absorbing excess sebum, leaving skin feeling smoother and clearer looking.
* Rinse-off cleansing clay mask for blemished skin
* With purifying tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya
* Deeply cleanse to remove impurities
* Soothes and calms skin
* Helps to promote clearer looking skin
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Kaolin (Absorbent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glycerin (Humectant), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Propanediol (Viscosity Modifier), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cyclopentasiloxane (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Cyclohexasiloxane (Chelating Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Menthol (Cooling Agent), Limonene (Natural Additive), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Natural Additive), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), CI 77289 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour).
Ouch we have some irritant triggers here according to COSDNA, although after some research I found that the cetearyl alcohol, myristyl myristate and ethylhexyl palmitate are not bad for the skin. Alcohol denat is an astringent thus one may feel a tightness of the skin after using product with this ingredient. Tocopherol also triggered some warning signs for acne and irritation on COSDNA possibly because it is made from vegetable oils.
I got mine from a local Body Shop whilst they had a sale going on (WUUU SALES) but you can get yours off EBAY for about £11 or $15 or €12. LINK HERE
So you’re supposed to apply a generous layer over face after cleansing and leave on for 5- 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Off the bat I’m just going to say that the mask does not come with a spatula thus you have to stick your finger in it or just buy a spatula as I did. The consistency of this mask is adapt to scooping it out of as it is not liquidy and it is quite spreadable like butter or Nutella (oops, food reference). What I did notice however was that this mask did not turn solid after not using it for a while which is sadly what happened to one of my other clay masks (review of the now-solid clay mask will follow soon).
What I must comment however is that this mask smells of menthol. I get that it is one of the ingredients and that some may prefer menthol over tea tree but it was a bit overpowering for me the first few times I used it. The smell dissipates and disappears completely when the mask starts drying on your face. Disclaimer: you are going to look like the Incredible Hulk with this mask on – it is so GREEN!
I usually leave this mask on for the maximum 10 minutes as my skin isn’t irritated by the ingredients and the mask doesn’t dry down stiff or pull at your skin like a clay mask. Also, washing off this mask doesn’t evoke the feeling of rinsing off a clay mask at all, rather it almost feels like you’re washing off a creamy cleanser.
You know you’re good to wash off the mask when you lightly pat your face and your fingers don’t turn green!
I did experience some minor dryness after applying this, but there again tea tree is supposed to dry out the acne so it’s not that far-fetched to think that it will dry out the rest of your skin. The redness from my acne did dissipate a bit, and I did notice that some of the pimples had almost dried and were not as painful.
What you have to keep in mind, especially after using this mask, is to apply a serum (preferably not one which has tea tree in it) and moisturise! It is a myth that those with acne-prone skin should avoid moisturising!
I reach for this product often when contemplating which mask to put on as it is very easy to spread and wash off, and my skin does seem to love the occasional oooh from the tea tree and menthol. So yes, I will probably repurchase this before I finish off my other tea tree mask 😀
Hope this review was useful to you lovelies 😊
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