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.
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!
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.