With the recent success of another product from The Body Shop's Seaweed range (review coming soon), I picked up Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask on a whim. Marketed as 'a deep-cleansing mask treatment with algae extracts and combined natural ionic clay action to draw impurities from the pore and absorb excess oil', I was intrigued by this mask and, after the sales assistant talked it up, I quickly picked it up and went on my merry way.
Unfortunately my skin didn't agree with this mask and, only four days after purchasing it, I returned it.
I knew something wasn't quite 'right' as I applied this mask. My face didn't just tingle the way you expect it to with some masks, it burnt. Actually burnt. I wanted to wash it off instantly but, given that it was already on and the damage had been done (or had it?), I decided to leave it on and see if beauty really is pain.
As I was washing The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask off I could tell it hadn't been the purifying and cleansing product that I had hoped it would be. Instead, I had broken out. If they were small little blemishes I'd almost forgive it, assuming that it was part of the process of pulling the gunk out. Unfortunately, they weren't. They were big, they were ugly and some were bleeding. All this after wearing the mask for 5 - 10 minutes.
The break out, three days after application
Though it could be said that the mask pulled out all the impurities from my skin and a week from now I'll have skin that will look like it's been Photoshopped, I'm not sure if I'm prepared to take that risk.
As I was paying for it the sales assistant commented on how cooling the menthol is which, I'll admit, did ring some alarm bells. I don't tend to like menthol in my in my skincare or my lip care but it was pretty much too late. I also couldn't see menthol in the ingredients list (though I did see alcohol is listed at the fifth ingredient - more alarm bells), so either I don't know what I'm looking for or she was mistaken.
The Body Shop's Ionic Clay Mask retails for $28.95. There's 143g of product in the tub and, given that I used a very small amount, I do think it's good value for money. Unfortunately, however, it's money I'd recommend you save.
Whilst I didn't get along with The Body Shop's Ionic Clay Mask at all, I think it's important to recognise that I have really sensitive skin. What works for a lot of people doesn't work for me. What breaks me out is an amazing product for a lot of other people. I wouldn't recommend this product, not by any means, but I would suggest picking up a sample (if The Body Shop offer them) if it's something you think you might enjoy.
Do you use anything from The Body Shop? Have you tried this mask? What's your favourite mask?