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The Body Shop Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask Review

Friday, September 29, 2017

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So The Body Shop has been launching some amazing new products over the recent months and I have been patiently waiting for them to be released locally,
and some finally have!
I have been especially eyeing this new mask:
The Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Living far from the store I always pop by knowing I will get exactly what I have been eyeing and recently this mask was something I was super excited to try!

I love masks, they're my favourite part of skincare. 
Not all masks work for everyone,
because we all have different needs and different skin types.
But, skincare is super important regardless. 
#maskaholic


'Matcha' has been on trend for a while now, 
with good reason because it's such a super food with so many benefits
which works just as well for the skin.

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The MAIN point of the mask is to clear out impurities and help remove any pollutants
and because the mask contains matcha its rich with antioxidants
The mask is said to also leave the skin radiant and younger looking.

'Pollution' Causes:
  • Dryness
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Damage To Skin Cells 
  • Premature Skin Aging



MATCHA BENEFITS

  • Treats Inflammation - because it has many anti-inflammatory properties it helps reduce redness, chronic skin conditions (acne) yet is gentle on the skin as it reliefs it from issues.
  • Improves Complexion - keeps your face fresh, clean and pump. With the extra exfoliation properties it helps soften your skin as it removes the dead skin cells.
  • Mattifying - If you suffer from oily skin or combination skin this is a go to mask. It instantly reduces the production of oil by shrinking pores which combats acne.
  • Anti AgingMatcha stimulates elastin production to add volume to the skin. It also protects the skin against free radicals that cause sun damage, age spots, dry skin, and yes even wrinkles.

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DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?

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So personally I have combination skin and my skin is not as sensitive. 

Alhamdulillah (Praise To Allah), however I do get acne and I do feel my skin needs a deep cleanse at times, especially when it is going through an oily phase. 



Usually when I try 'cleansing/clearing' masks I break out, or my skin does not feel as soft and smooth, so I was particularly skeptical (yet excited) to try this mask, basically bracing myself for a breakout after.





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Which is why after I did compare it to the 'Chinese Ginseng and Rice Mask' from all the masks this was one I reached for the least, because it didn't do much for my skin.


I did find it cleansing (yes that's code for it broke me out) but it's weird I thought it left my skin in a worse condition than before the mask. 

I do use it differently now, all around my nose areas to deep cleanse my pores.
Side note I know the Chinese Ginseng and Rice mask is a 'polishing' mask, but I always got the cleansing vibe from it.
This goes to show masks work differently for everyone and it's best to experiment to see how things work for you.


Now on to this mask, I found it more deep clearing but it did leave my skin feeling healthier and softer.
Texture wise - it's thick yet creamier to apply on the skin, which personally I love a mask to apply easily. It is NOT entirely smooth, there are some small particles which is an amazing bonus when washing off because you can gently rub - using circular motions - (depending how sensitive your skin is) the mask into your skin to exfoliate
Scent wise - it smells like grass or earthy to me, which I don't know about you instantly woke me up, had me feeling fresh and clean.

I always apply my masks with the brush instead of fingers because I feel you end up wasting a lot of product. I purchased this facial brush from The Body Shop when I purchased a few masks previously, if you haven't checked out that post before 
click here to get a bit of an idea on the other masks released by The Body Shop. You can use an old foundation brush, I was just offered the brush as a perk the last time because I purchased so many masks and it worked out cheaper. I'm also very weird about skincare so having a brush specific for masks eases my mind when it comes to hygiene but an old or cheaper foundation brush works just as fine (it's what I use to use before).

Obviously applying the mask on a clean face which has been steamed to open the pores is the best way to really use any mask. Now, once you apply it your skin you will start to feel 'tingly', I would not describe it as 'burning' because my sister who has very sensitive skin did not react badly to this tingling sensation. It does stop after a few minutes as it starts to dry on the skin, it goes from green to transparent. 

So I tried this mask twice before actually sitting down to write my review and I waited a few days in between to see how my skin reacted after, did I break out and my overall thought.
Instantly after washing I felt my skin was more smoother,  brighter, cleaner, my cheeks felt plump (probably due to the tingling sensation of the mask) yet not red.

A few days after using it the first time I did begin to feel 2 pimples forming underneath my skin (around my cheek and by the side of the mouth). I instantly thought "oh no this mask is breaking me out", but a day later it was gone which really did surprise me. The 2nd time using the mask no pimples formed and I felt it made my skin more matte but not it tight and uncomfortable way (I was in an oily phase when I tried the mask).

I definitely RECOMMEND THIS MASK! It is worth the money, like I said skincare is very important and masks are a quick way to give your skin some TLC and what better mask than a 'Pollution Clearing' mask?

I actually used my Drops Of Youth Concentrate after and I love the combination (I do have  Drops Of Youth range review coming soon so stay tuned for that).
If you have very oily skin I suggest the Drops Of Light Serum, it's brightening but will also keep your skin matte so I think it works perfectly for oily skin (another range review coming soon).

This is hands down a very DEEP CLEANSING mask which we all need especially with the life we live, you can never go wrong with The Body Shop when it comes to skincare. They are so affordable and have such amazing quality products you are bound to find a range that works for your skin.

You know me I am a mask once a week kind of girl, I love to prioritise skincare and just pampering myself on Sunday is what I love to do. I also try to switch up my masks depending on what I feel my skin needs but having a pollution clearing mask with ingredients that are good for the skin is great to put on at least once a week. 

The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask
 can be purchased for P240/R310/£16 (75ml) and is available from The Body Shop directly (South African Website) or you can check at the store itself. Be sure to always use your reward card, it's a great way to save on these masks which can be pricey.


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I'm sorry I took such a long break
but I am back and I got so many more reviews coming your way soon.
Be sure to follow me on my Instagram and like my Facebook Page,
because I am more active on there and I usually share my opinion on there first hand. 
If you would like to see any review first be sure to let me know,
if you do have any questions especially skincare comment down below 
or send me a message. 


Much Love
Zainab x





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5 comments

  1. This sounds amazing! I've never tried body shop masks before thinking of giving it a try.

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  2. Thanks for this review sis. It's come at a great time as I'm actually on the hunt for a deep cleansing mask at the moment- this sounds perfect. I've never tried Body Shop masks before, so this will be a first for me.

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  3. Ooooh! I've been searching for a great mask to try out. I feel like matcha makes everything better! Thanks for the review!!!

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  4. Looks good.Thanks for sharing matcha benefits.

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  5. I've read many good reviews about the body shop products. Thinking to get something to treat my face marks. Do you have any suggestion?

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