I FINALLY got it! After – not exaggerating – a year of lusting after this product, I finally got the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask .
When it was released in Nov/Dec 2015 the entire beauty and skincare interweb was a-flutter. It was one of those products that you must get. And at the same time everyone was beeeetching about the price being extraordinarily high. In dollars it is $23 (equalling R352) and in pounds you are looking at fourteen pounds (which would be R317) so I never really checked it out in store. Then the other day I bit the bullet, vowed to myself that my Summer-time oily skin needs some extra TLC, and went to find it!
So I was immensely peeved when I saw it was only R160. Less than HALF of the advertised price from overseas! So obviously, in my excitement, I nearly bought five tubs. Thankfully my sister restrained me and I am now the proud owner of one Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop.
ANYWAY and on to the review. I generally have normal to slightly dry skin but this Summer I have been experiencing excess oil on my T-Zone and nose. So not lekker. But it is what it is and many fellow bloggers recommended this; Cara did say it is one of her favourites so thats why I went for it.
It 100% helped alleviate the oiliness! It helps to mattify the area that the mask has been applied onto and I notice the difference lasting for around two to three days. The first few times I applied it to my entire face and then a few people mentioned that (DUH) you only need apply it where you need it, and you can apply another mask – or not – on the rest of your face. Just call me the Queen of Multi-Masking.
I do not suffer from huge pores or blackheads on my nose but once this is applied I could literally see my nose covered in them. It purifies that amazingly.
It is just a basic clay mask and the greatest selling point is that once it has absorbed the oil it changes colour (as it has dried) so you immediately know when its ready to be washed off and – best of all – you can target your oil prone skin areas in the future because you know exactly which parts need more attention. For example the left side of my chin is oilier than the right. WHO would have thought. Random and weird, but true, and I only figured that out from watching the mask dry.
I would not recommend this product to someone who has dry skin. It is recommended to people with combination and oily skin. As I said previously, I have slightly dry and non-oily skin generally. However, this Summer has effected my skin weirdly which is why I purchased it. I probably won’t need to reach for it in the colder weather but for now I am loving it!
Now some technical points straight from the website: “Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals that are also great for your skin, and because it moisturizes and conditions with zero oils, it is ideal for use on normal to shiny skin. Grown without any chemicals or fertilizers, The Body Shop’s seaweed is an entirely natural and sustainable ingredient that re-grows fully within two years.
Vegetarian. Not Tested on Animals. Contains Community Fair Trade Ingredients. No Phthalates. No Triclosan. And no GMO.”
And there you have it. Needless to say I am sure, but I would fully recommend this product if you are after a purifying and mattifying mask – such a winner for me!
You can purchase this Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask at selected Click stores in The Body Shop section and at all The Body Shop stores. It is only R160 which is an absolute steal for this amazing item!
What do you think of the sound of this mask? Have you got any The Body Shop masks that I must add to my list? I am dying to try the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask.