Juliana C Stryker
Who Are You Kidding? One Mask Is Never Enough!
In a perfect world, we would be blessed with consistently perfect skin all over.
In ‘the real world’, most of us mere mortals are not quite so fortunate. We can have different skin types and sometimes even vastly dissimilar problems all on the same face! Some parts can be oily while some can be as dry as a desert. Some can even be showing early signs of aging such as wrinkles or saggy skin. Gulp!
Even though my clay masks tackle the clogged pores on my T-zone effectively, I always thought they dry out my cheeks in the process. My tea tree masks also feel out of place on my blemish-free forehead but I never questioned it, ever.
Until I discovered multi-masking on social media and everything began to come to light. In the past few months, the multi-masking trend has definitely shaken up the beauty snow globe and if you’re still wondering what everyone is buzzing about? Where have you been?!
With this ingenious facial technique, every imperfection on the skin gets its own respective treatment through a different mask.
It’s all about creating your own concoction to banish our combo skin dramas. It is a simple yet brilliant idea I tell you. No wonder multi-masking has won effusive praise from many beauty aficionados and celebrities.
And no surprise here. Many beauty brands have also jumped on the multi-masking bandwagon, making sure we get the best out of all their products.
However, we don’t want our new beauty regime to become a huge money pit for us too so which range gives you the biggest bang for your buck?
I’m a huge fan of products that use largely natural ingredients and if they are ethically sourced too, that’s a huge bonus! And The Body Shop’s five new Expert Face Masks certainly ticked all my skin care regime boxes.
These facial masks are bona fide skin boosters, made with 100% vegetarian ingredients (the Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose and Amazonian Acai masks are actually 100% vegan) and formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils – just TBS’ finest recipes power packed with beauty superfoods from Himalayan charcoal to Amazonian acai berries.
Inspired by traditional beauty remedies from around the world, each jar contains a secret beauty weapon from purifying to nourishing elements to help your skin look and feel as good as you do inside.
Trust me. Even though this post is created in partnership with The Body Shop, I was already a huge fan of their products even before this collaboration. I’ve always been very impressed by how the The Body Shop would go to any lengths necessary to make sure they only offer the best for both their customers as well as suppliers.
Now please allow me to introduce to you the superfoods you need in your beauty regimen. 😛
AMAZONIAN ACAI ENERGISING RADIANCE MASK
For skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of fatigue and stress.
Inspired by the rituals of Amazonian tribes, this juicy fresh mask is made with powerful natural ingredients from South America. – Acai berry extract from Brazil, rich in anti‐oxidants and vitamin C that fight the appearance of fatigue. – Guarana seed extract from Brazil, known for its energy boosting properties due to its high concentration of caffeine. – Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil, an effective nut oil known to soften, smooth and revitalise the skin.
ETHIOPIAN HONEY DEEP NOURISHING MASK
For skin that needs an intense dose of nourishment to replenish lost moisture and restore its health.
Inspired by African healing and soothing rituals, the indulgent melting honey mask blends the finest natural ingredients. – Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, rich in nutrients that replenish and retain moisture to comfort and revive depleted skin. – Community Trade marula oil from Namibia, a cold‐pressed light oil, known to restore and improve the skins elasticity. – Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy, rich in Omega 9 that helps boost skin elasticity and prevents dryness.
HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK
This is perfect for skin that needs to release impurities and toxins to help unveil a healthier and more youthful looking glow.
Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this tingling mud mask contains powerful ingredients: – Bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, known to draw out impurities and excess oils from the skin. – Green tea leaves from Japan, rich in antioxidants and catechins, effectively exfoliate the skin. – Community Trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya, known to help keep skin looking clearer.
BRITISH ROSE FRESH PLUMPING MASK
For thirsty dry skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture to reveal your healthful dewy glow again
Inspired by the European bathing rituals, the refreshing gel mask is infused with real natural ingredients: – Real rose petals, and essence of hand‐picked roses from Britain, freshly replenishes the skins water reserves. – Rosehip oil from Chile, rich in repairing Omega 3 and 6 that helps tone skin. – Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, known for its gentle, calming and soothing properties on skin.
CHINESE GINSENG & RICE CLARIFYING POLISHING MASK
Great for skin that needs an intense revitalising treatment to even out skin tone.
Inspired by Chinese traditions, the creamy exfoliating mask combines natural ingredients sourced from Northeast Asia and South America. – Ginseng extract from China, known for its skin toning and stimulating properties that help revitalise skin. – Rice extract from China, traditionally used to moisturise and brighten the skin. – Community Trade organic sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, rich in oleic and linoleic acid to soften the skin.
I’ve swatched them according to their consistency, starting with the thickest on the far left to the lightest on the far right for your easy reference.
From left to right: Himalayan Charcoal, Chinese Ginseng & Rice, Amazonian Acai, British Rose and Ethiopian Honey
Now let’s multi-mask!
First I divide my face into three parts, namely the forehead, cheeks and chin.
My forehead is as dull as the recent gloomy weather so I perked it up with the Himalayan Charcoal mask to exfoliate the skin and eventually brighten this lacklustre zone of my face. I also have a clogged strawberry nose and I addressed it by extending the charcoal mask to that area to draw out the impurities and excess sebum.
Now we move on to the next facial treatment. My cheeks suffer from a perpetual drought so I made sure they get all the moisture and nutrients they need by applying the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask on the affected areas to give them a much needed moisture boost.
Next, we target the bane of my existence aka the uneven skin tone on my chin. Pfft! I rejuvenated that part of my face by applying the Chinese Ginseng and Rice to brighten my skin tone and hopefully, calm the redness under my lips too.
And tadah! I’m done!
I love how easy this is. Of course, my face sometimes also faces other skin problems depending on the weather and my stress level at work. Haha! I love how these five masks target almost all my problems so I can rotate the mask around to make sure my skin receives all the benefits it needs at any given point in time.
But remember! Sometimes, more is more! Don’t use two masks on the same area or you may increase your chances of irritation.
The Body Shop Expert Facial Masks are now available at SGD32.90 each at all The Body Shop stores islandwide.
Have you tried multi-masking yet? If you did, will you ever go back to single-masking? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m giving away these five masks on my Instagram. Click HERE to take part! Bonne chance, my darlings!
Psst! Please note that prizes will come in their individual box packaging.
For more information, visit The Body Shop’s website at www.thebodyshop.com.sg or their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheBodyShopSingapore
The Body Shop is also the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing. Over the last three decades, they’ve worked with their campaign partner Cruelty Free International and their collective efforts helped lead to a European Union ban in 2013.
But that isn’t enough. Animals continue to be killed for beauty. Let’s end this cruelty everywhere and forever by signing this petition here – https://goo.gl/LqklyM
We can do this!
Your friend, Juliana
Disclaimer: Please rest assured that even though this post was created in partnership with The Body Shop, it does not have any bearing on the content of this post. Opinions stated are objective and genuine. Also note that all sources, information, content, links are valid to change at any time.