Confession time: I am the sad recipient of acne prone skin. I have had acne since i was about 14 and now, at almost 21, I still fight this battle. It has gotten much better this past year in that my face looks clearer, my scars are fading and there is a certain glow. It could partly be because my hormones are starting to settle out but I think it honestly is because I finally found a regime that works! I’ll do another post sometime soon on my whole regime but today I’ll be talking about a newly added product to this winning system of mine!
Meet The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask! I have only been using this product for about a month and I can see why it’s in The Body Shop’s Top Rated category! My acne nowadays tends to pop up about a week before my period (sorry not sorry for TMI) and I have THE worst habit when it comes to having acne – i like try and pop them. I am not proud of it by any stretch of the imagination!! And for those who don’t quite know why that’s a horrible practice, lemme tell you: SCARS!!! Because by popping a pimple, you technically break the skin which in turn, creates a scar once the pore dries up. I don’t mean to do it but I’ve noticed I tend to touch/pick my face when I’m stressed and I do it sometimes without even realizing I’m doing it! So in an effort to be rid of this habit, I asked my friends and family to call me out on my picking when it occurs!! Anyway, back to the mask! The mask is so easy to spread on my face and it is such a lovely, smooth texture. The scent is also very comforting due to the Tea Tree! Since I was young, I’ve always been told that Tea Tree is like the holy grail for treating acne but sadly, my mom (never having acne when she was younger) never really invested in products to help, other than Pro Active. Let’s stop here for two seconds. Before you ask, yes I have tried Pro Active, on 3 separate occasions and it did NOTHING for my face!! In fact, it made skin oilier than usually, I was perpetually shiny (not cute!!). If it works for some people, that’s great but now that I’m getting older, I’m realizing more natural skin care products are just how my skin likes it. Back to the Mask: I loved how smooth it made my face feel after washing it off!! It really helped with reducing the redness of new breakouts, mattefied my oily T-zone and my skin felt so fresh and clean!!
Time for some side notes: I tend to have an oily T-zone and for me, at least, I did not find that the Mask made my skin any more oily. If fact, my face look incredible matte! When you use the product, there are 2 things to keep in mind. 1) It doesn’t really dry up! Unlike typical masks, this Tea Tree Mask doesn’t dry up and harden. 2)When you have the mask on, you’ll feel some light tingling, which is normal from the Tea Tree working it’s magic. One final note – The Body Shop does have a whole line completely devoted to Tea Tree products for blemished skin! If you want to ease your way into the line, I would recommend trying this mask first!
How to use it: After washing your face and patting it dry, apply a thin layer of the mask all over your face (neck too if you want!) using your fingers. Let it do it’s thing for about 5-10 minutes and then with a sink full of clean, fresh water, splash some on your face and use a damp face towel to remove the rest. Then take a gander in the mirror and look in amazement at how fresh and matte you face looks! I recommend doing this before bed. You can also use the mask as a spot treatment instead of an all-over situation.
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