I’m so in love with The Body Shop skincare products, especially their serums and now the variety of face masks that they’ve come up with. And lately, I’m so much being addicted to trying and testing different facial masks. The Body Shop has announced its recent launch of their JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK and I was super duper excited to get my hands on it. I know I’d definitely give this a shot, not just because it says Pollution Clearing but for the fact that there’s goodness of Matcha Green Tea in it and I so wanted to try a Matcha mask for really long now. Did you know Matcha Green tea is 10 times more potent than normal Green tea?.. As soon as it launched in India, I got my hands on this beautiful tub of goodness. And in this post, I’d be talking about this mask.
Enriched with Matcha Green Tea from Kakegawa, Japan, Dandelion extract and soul-soothing Community Trade and Aloe Vera from Mexico, our indulgently creamy, 100% vegan JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK formula deeply purifies, gently exfoliates and liberates your skin from the weekly build-up of city pollutants and everyday impurities.
- Helps remove pollutants and impurities
- Reveals radiant, younger-looking skin
- Enriched with Matcha Green Tea from Japan and Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico
- 100% vegan
- 91% of women agreed pollution felt removed from their skin (based on trial results from 103 women)
- Formulated without silicones, mineral oil or paraffins
- Made with the benefits of natural 100% vegetarian ingredients to reveal amazing, healthy skin!
PRICE : INR 1895/- for a 74g(2.6 oz) product. I definitely got it for a 20% off sale.
INGREDIENTS : Aqua/Water/Eau, Kaolin, Propanediol, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Polyacrylate, Prunus Armeniaca Seed Powder/Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Taraxacum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Extract, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Limonene, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Caramel, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue 1.
Packaging, comes in a regular dark brown glass(or maybe plastic, I’m not sure of – I never dared to break it though) tub with a outer cardboard box on which all the details about the product and description about how to use the mask is mentioned on the box. Since it is a glass jar, it is quite bulky with 74g of thick mask inside and it is not that comfortable to carry it around as it might break when slipped from hands. It has an extra protective lid inside for the mask to not spill out. I really wish The Body Shop masks come with their own little brushes or even a spatula atleast.
HOW TO MASK THIS NATURE-POWERED FACIAL RITUAL : Remove make-up and cleanse the skin. Smooth an even layer of the mask using a facial mask brush or your fingers, avoiding the eyes and lips areas. Apply to the neck and décollete area too if desired. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off mask with warm water in circular motions to gently exfoliate. For optimal results, use 2-3 times per week.
First up, hot weathers are in and my skin is shifting towards the combination side now, which means I’ll have oily T-zone and normal-dry cheeks. When I first opened up the jar, all I saw was a light mint green creamy mask with bits of exfoliant particles visible, like the ones found in any walnut/apricot scrubs. I really expected this mask smell of strong Matcha tea dosage, but sadly it has a mild fragrance of Matcha and some mix of clay and grassy smell to it. To my surprise, the key ingredient which is supposed to be the Matcha Green Tea scored the last place in the ingredients, while I see that Kaolin Clay is been made to play the main role. According to my knowledge, I’m pretty much sure that the ingredients are listed in the descending order of their concentrations – which makes me come to a conclusion that this is more of a clay based mask with real good skin moisturizing oil extracts and exfoliants and very less concentration of the actual Matcha tea.
THE MASK PROMISES TO :
Instantly : Skin feels deeply purified, cleared of impurities and looks brighter as if built up dullness, pollution and grime are peeled away. Skin texture appears refined.
Facial After Facial : Skin feels protected against environmental pollutants appears healthier, rejuvenated and more youthful, like renewed.
When I applied the mask, it gave me a good cooling and relaxed feel and after a 3-5 minutes it started to tingle. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed/experienced it, but I did feel a slight warming sensation, after the tingling quite settled- like a self warming. Or maybe the hot climate made me feel so, I don’t get it. Anyways the mask suggests to leave on for 5-10 minutes, but I make sure to give an extra 5 minutes so I leave for a good 10-15 minutes and just relax while the mask just do its thing. Although this is a clay based mask, there are no such traces of that clay-dried patches anywhere. Its just like you’ve applied a thick layer of cream on your face and after a 10 minutes your skin has absorbed the cream just leaving the exfoliating bits. Oh and BTW if you’ve observed the mask closely you’d find brown exfoliating particles which is the Apricot powder, which after drying turns out to be white Luffa particles, I mean what’s this logic/magic now? These Luffa exfoliators make the scrubbing very smooth and gentle without being too harsh on the skin and helps in polishing the skin while removing the mask as well.
The after results are quite satisfying and amazing, but I’m sure nothing miracle is gonna happen with masking. This mask felt amazing! My skin feels really detoxed and clear after I rinse off the mask. The Olive oil, Aloe Vera and Shea Butter made my skin soft and supple without making it dry. And the gentle exfoliating gave that smoothness to my skin. As promised, the mask did clear out the impurities from the skin making it look fresh and plump. I’ve used this mask 3-4 times now and with every use I see a fresh and radiant me. Very much impressed with this Japanese Matcha tea mask, and I definitely recommend it to everyone. It is suitable to every skin type. Although this mask isn’t drying at all, I’d suggest people having super dry skin to top with a moisturizer or go on with a hydrating sheet mask for that extra hydration.
SO, what do you think about The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask?? Did you guys try this mask? Lemme know your thoughts……