I bought The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask and showed it in a haul back in October, since then I’ve been using it (and loving it). I even gifted it in my Christmas Giveaway. So today I am going to review why I have been enjoying it so much and how it has quickly become a savior for my problem skin.
What The Body Shop says: “Formulated to care for oily skin and imperfections while you sleep. Infused with salicylic acid and Community Trade tea tree oil, this 100% vegan leave-on mask for oily skin will reduce the size and number of imperfections and achieve clearer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.”
I have been using this on and off since purchasing. Recently it’s been more on than off, as my hormonal chin spots have been intolerable lately. I have been on a mild dose of antibiotics from my GP, both of us hoping that it would help minimise the monthly damage that occurs around my period.
To see how well they would work I stopped all other spot prevention and for a while I did think they were working until, out of no where, a demon spot appear on the edge of my chin. And she settled herself in, very large, angry and red. And painful!
So, I did what any sane person would do, I shook my fist at the spot whilst attempting to glare it into submission in the mirror. When that proved fruitless, I smothered it in this mask.
Within a couple of days there was a very noticeable reduction in the redness and overall size of the spot. She’s still there as I write this post, but she’s weak.. flailing in her attempt to ruin me. – I might be taken this whole spot thing a bit too personally.. – anyways.
From my previous use of this mask I already knew it was good, but I’m really impressed seeing how quickly it took down this recent spot (I’m not kidding – she was ridiculous) and felt it was time to do a review.
This is what I’ve found the mask to do; calms breakouts, reduces redness, lessens infection, helps reduce scars (past and future), works quickly to bring down the overall size and rage of a spot. Reduce overall oiliness without drying out my skin – I’m not sure how it does this as most spot treatments work by drying the spot out, this product works better than others but doesn’t dry out my skin. Maybe if you already had very dry skin it would but I haven’t found it to. Basically, it’s witchcraft and I love it.
At £12 for 75ml I think the price is very reasonable for how well it works and how much is required. Some people use it every night, others every now and then. When I have active breakouts I use it nightly for a handful of days, however, I use it also for targeted treatment, placing it on and around the breakout and not always across my whole face. Meaning the product will last longer whilst still working just as well.
The final and definitely random thing I like about this mask is that no matter how much of a mess you make of it, whilst getting the mask out, it resets itself perfectly as shown in the above before and after photos. Being somewhat OCD this makes me very happy. Personally, I like my products to be neat. So normally I’ll even out masks, or lip balm, moisturiser in pots etc.. after use. Not having to do this with the Anti-Imperfection Night Mask makes me happy. They describe it on The Body Shop website as featuring “memory-gel texture”, so maybe that’s why it resets itself?
I know other people will do this too, because no one is ‘the only person in the world that does such and such’, but I really hope someone else reading this post does this too. I need the camaraderie in my insanity. It’s also a strange jelly consistency, and whilst it is sticky for the first 5-10 minutes after applying this does pass and dry out to a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about ruining your bedding. It, obviously, smells like tea tree oil, but it isn’t overwhelming, and whilst wearing it I can’t smell it.