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The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

I bought this Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop because I heard it’s great for spot-prone skin. As I bought it online, I…


I bought this Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop because I heard it’s great for spot-prone skin.

As I bought it online, I didn’t realise it was clearly marked recommended for oily/combination skin. While I can have a bit of an oily t-zone, I would consider myself drier than combination.

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask Review

The first time I tried the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, it brought me out in a rash.

But don’t worry, the rash was completely clear the next day.

I think I left it on too long. The clay does start to dry, but not before the 10 minute application time is over. So I may have left it on a bit longer. Because it’s just more satisfying when it’s dry, isn’t it?

I should have known better. Especially when it started to tingle and then itch. But it’s not dryyyy, Corinne, I pleaded with myself.

So on it stayed.

seaweed ionic clay mask

After being a bit too frightened to try it again, I gave it a month until I manned up enough to give the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop another go.

This time I followed the instructions.

There was no rash this time and my face felt so much fresher than before. I had expected that it would feel dry and tight as it was for oily skin, but I didn’t find that at all.

As it’s ionic, it helps to withdraw any dirt and impurities from your skin, leaving you with clearer skin. While this wasn’t a miracle blackhead buster, I did feel that it toned the intensity of them down. I don’t even know what that means. I guess what I’m trying to say is: it helped a bit.

It’s only needed once a week and it will help reduce spots because it helps reduce oil production.

You can get quite a few applications out of it too. I found that the first time, I applied too much, hence it not drying as fast as I wanted. You just need a thin layer, no need to go overboard.

I just love piling face masks on. I want it thick all over. I’m an idiot!

seaweed ionic clay mask

Overall, I do quite like this, it is probably a bit on the expensive side but it does last for loads of applications if you don’t go mental as I did. After three applications, there’s still a good two-thirds left.

I read a great tip about just applying it to my t-zone, so I can keep the dryer areas of my skin out of the equation. Woo.

Have you tried The Body Shop’s Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask? What did you think of it?

You can check out the rest of The Body Shop’s Seaweed collection here.



  1. Interesting to read your thoughts! Thanks for sharing this review. If you haven’t tried the Origins Charcoal Mask I would really recommend it for clearing those pores and drawing out impurities, it’s amazing 🙂

  2. I like clay masks, they are so effective at cleaning the skin. I didn’t try this one, but looks very similar to what I’ve had.

  3. Seaweed mask are the best I had try the body one and it was amazing so I know this product works great review.

  4. Sounds like a good clay mask, Corinne, I’ll need to pick this up to try. I’m horrible with mask though, still need to remind myself to use it at least once a week and the last time I used it was a month or so ago. Eeekkk!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  5. This sounds like a good drawing mask. I usually avoid clay based masks when it’s cold since I have dry skin.

  6. I love anything from ”The Body Shop” but i never tried this mask again…But if you have spots and acne you should try maybe the one with tea tree oil or something ! Btw i like to apply thick layer of my masks too haha ^_^

  7. very nice review I would love to try this lately, I’vebeen searching a good products for my pores…

  8. Sounds like canny product, I do like a good old face mask but I don’t really use them often. Never tried this one . xox

  9. I haven’t tried this because I am not up-to-date with The Body Shop’s current products. But it’s interesting how the second try was so different for you. Like with everything, it’s worth giving things second chances.

  10. I absolutely want to try it too. But I am worried about the same thing as you said-about having just an oily t-zone, while the rest is dry 🙁

  11. this does sound like a great mask. I used to have oily skin and combined but now it is often dry and it’s really hard to predict how it will react to a certain product.

    thanks for sharing this lovely review.

  12. Whilst I love these for the drying and cracking element my skin really dries out with them. I think that my skin is just too sensitive. Pleased that it works for you and makes your skin feel fresh Lucy x

  13. Love this mask, it’s a cheaper alternative to GlamGlow too! Leaving it on too long is a BIG no no! I’ve also found using it after a face scrub leaves my skin feeling tingly and uncomfortable for a while!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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