THE BODY SHOP HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL PURIFYING GLOW MASK


Excitement levels were high when I spotted this mask in the mall during my recent trip to Dubai. There are 5 masks catering to different skin requirements and these are yet to be launched in India. A per usual being oily skinned I went for the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions this tingling mud mask contains powerful Bamboo Charcoal, active exfoliating Green Tea Tree leaves from Japan and potent Tea Tree Oil from Kenya which combines to purify the skin and give it a new lease of life.  

Benefits of Bamboo Charcoal are that it draws out all the impurities and excess oils from the skin. Green tea has many antioxidants beneficial for the skin and Tea Tree Oil is a saviour if you are suffering from dark spots, acne or blemishes.


This mask is a staple in my Sunday night pamper routine. Application is easy; you can either use your fingers or a flat brush. Apply a thin layer on your face avoiding the eye area; this can be applied on your neck area too. This mask dries quickly so do not keep it over 10 minutes and yes there will be a tingling sensation on your face which will go away once you have rinsed off the mask.

Consistency of this mask is not too creamy or clay(ish); there are chunks of tea leaves which do transfer on your face when you apply the mask and they act as an exfoliator. There is a distinct fragrance that tends to stay even after you have rinsed off the mask; but, it does fade over time; some may find this fragrance to be overpowering. It is preferable to remove this mask with warm water rather than cold water as warm water makes the removal process easy without having to rub and scrub your skin. 


The packaging is a fancy and sturdy tinted glass jar with a thick plastic lid. Not ideal for travelling as it’s too heavy but, overall it looks luxurious in my opinion.

After Effects/Results
Has a cooling effect on the skin
Unclogs pores and tightens them and refines the appearance of pores
Acts as a mild exfoliator leaving the skin looking clean and fresh
Skin is visibly glowing. If you have sensitive skin some parts of the skin may turn red
Has a lingering fragrance

I have been using this mask for a while now and I am quite happy with the results. It didn’t break me out at all and the fragrance doesn’t bother me anymore. Skin feels very clean, refreshed and visibly glowing. Do give this a go if you have oily skin and fancy a mild exfoliating mask. I am not sure if this would be suitable for ones having dry and extremely sensitive skin as this mask can be quite drying.

Price AED 105/- (yet to be launched in India) 

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