Saturday Skincare: The Body Shop Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Saturday, 19 August 2017

If you're not following me on Instagram, you may have missed just how excited I was for the release of this new Body Shop Expert Facial Mask: The Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask.

As soon as I saw the preview pictures, I knew I had to have it; I've never been this excited for a skincare product launch, but I was for this one because anyone who knows me knows I'm pretty matcha obsessed and have been for years ever since discovering it.

I feel quite proud when followers tag me in matcha related posts on social media as I I feel like everyone should know about it and at least try this superfood once in their life! You can read about it's health benefits in my matcha chiller/frappe blog post.. considering it's the only food related post I've written on the blog, you know the love is real lol.

I was super thrilled to have received the mask from The Body Shop before it's release date and even held a first impressions demo on Instagram Live, also using one of the two new facial toners (Chinese Ginseng & Rice) which was pretty fun to do with my followers.

Read on to see my thoughts on the mask and your chance to win a mask for yourself!

My Skin
As mentioned in the Himalayan Charcoal mask review, my skin is currently combination I get pretty oily around my nose and am slightly dry on the cheeks at times but not flakey anywhere really. My skin feels slightly tingly/stinging/sensitive when wearing masks.
You can read further about my skin/skintone in my FAQs.

Bearing this in mind, I'm writing my review based on my combination skin/oily nose with slightly sensitive tendencies.

The Mask
This Matcha Tea mask is described as a pollution clearing mask due to the matcha green tea and dandelion extract which apparently help remove pollutants and impurities.
From my Nutrition degree days I generally have been a green tea/matcha drinker due to the fact that it contains a lot of powerful antioxidants in it, that help mop up free radicals, so this claim may be true, although I do think that matcha is best consumed in the body rather than on it.

Pollution is said to cause cellular damage, dryness, inflammation, pigmentation and premature skin ageing.
Having being born in London and lived here all my life I do worry about the levels of pollution I'm continuously exposed to, so this mask not only caught my eye due to my matcha obsession but its claims of removing and protecting agains pollution adhesion. I've also been using the Drops of Youth Fresh Emulsion which is also an "anti-pollution" product and love how lightweight and moisturising it is too, so I'm hoping that they do help in some way with my exposure to pollution in the long term!


As you can see in the picture above, this mask contains:
Kaolin (white clay), 
Olive Oil
Shea Butter, 
Apricot Seed Powder
Aloe Leaf Juice Powder, 
Dandelion Root Extract and of course 
Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract (green tea leaves extract) 
amongst some other chemical names.

I was quite surprised to see Kaolin clay in this mask as it doesn't set on the face as a clay mask usually does, but this is most probably because of the addition of Olive Oil and Shea Butter which makes this mask pretty creamy.

I noticed how Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract came a lot further down the ingredients list on this mask compared to the Himalayan Mask, where it was higher up (and more visible in the actual mask with the leaves).

I was hoping this mask would smell like matcha powder does but it smells more earthy/grassy.. the fact that Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is further down the ingredients list probably explains why as it usually means there's less of the ingredient in a product compared to those ingredients higher up the list.

screenshots from my IG live first impressions demo.. join me next time ;)

This mask is far more creamy and easier to apply than the Himalayan mask; you can use fingers if you don't have a brush as it needs to be massaged in anyway. Using a brush is purely just for precision and possibly a more even application than fingers.

There's no tedious green tea leaves to worry about falling off your face with this one; there's only exfoliating loofah particles which don't feel sharp or harsh in any way when massaged in. 

The mask does have a "tingling" effect, but is more of a cooling and numbing effect for me.. possibly due to the menthol ingredient.
I've asked a friend if she felt the same numbing sensation (which was particularly intense around my nose and mouth/lips area) both times I've worn the mask, but she said she hadn't felt numb, just tingling, so maybe I'm sensitive to one of the ingredients, I'm unsure!
Both times I have used the mask I haven't had any reactions other than this numb feeling but it's nothing worrying for me so I've continued to massage it into my skin as instructed, then waited 10-15 minutes.
The mask turns from green to fairly transparent once massaged in and washes off a lot easier (and less messier) than the charcoal masks! When washing off, I used circular motions again to massage off and exfoliate the drier areas.

Overall Effect

The first thing I noticed both times I was washing my mask off was how plump my cheeks felt.
I can't explain it but it feels like how I imagine fillers feel like.. a slightly swollen effect even, but super super soft.
There's no doubt my skin feels really clean and plump after it's dried and I guess cleared of pollution!
I don't get as much redness when washing off this mask compared to the Himalayan mask as the loofah particles don't stick to the face like the green tea leaves do.

Both times I used this Matcha mask, my skin looked visibly brighter in complexion, so the claim about "younger-looking radiant skin" bit is definitely true in my experience!

The mask felt slightly on the drier side once washed off and in the first IG Live demo the Ginseng & Rice toner was requested to be used after, which genuinely made my skin look and feel ah-mazing (will do a separate short post on the two new toners).
In short, I didn't feel like I needed moisturiser after using the Ginseng toner and my skin looked and felt more radiant as well as bright.

I would definitely recommend this mask for anyone with combination skin like myself; I wasn't uncomfortably dry after using the mask but definitely felt much better after using the Ginseng Toner and when I used the mask the second time at night I even added the Oils of Life facial oil I purchased after the toner and I couldn't get over how silky soft and clean my face felt.
If you have dry skin you may want to use the British Rose toner instead, but I think this Rose toner would work better with a more drying mask like the Himalayan one for myself personally.
I do feel like this mask deep cleans the skin, but the impurities aren't visibly drawn out of the skin like with the Himalayan Charcoal mask; this is more of a deep cleaning, nourishing mask.

It's recommended to use the mask 2-3 times a week and I feel like I can add this to my weekly mask routine with the Himalayan mask, especially as I live in London and like the idea of pollution fighting ingredients.
The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing mask is £16 for 75ml/86g) and available from The Body Shop directly.

The toners are £9.50 each for 250ml, available here

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  1. Lovely post as always and a very interesting mask can't wait to try it out.

  2. This sounds right up my street. I've always worried that the himalayan charcoal mask would too harsh for me but this mask sounds perfect

  3. would love to try this mask to be honest I have not tried any of body shops masks I have heard good reviews about bodyshop masks so this would be a great opportunity for to try there mask c

  4. Ooo I think i need to try this! Living in Birmingham there is a lot of pollution in the air and this could be exactly what my skin needs plus I love the fact your skin looks more plump after! Got to enter this giveaway! X

    Amina xx |

  5. I would like to win this mask as it sounds like the perfect mask for my skin type and I hope it will clear my skin up

  6. I love this post Safiyah! So I tried the sample of this that I got from The Body Shop and deffo get what you mean about the tingling, it felt slightly numb above my top lip LOL. I'd love to win the mask so I can try it out properly and see if it makes a change to my skin. xo

  7. I would love to try this mask as I've never tried a pollution clearing product before so would be interesting to see fhe results, and to see how different it is to the other body shop masks x

  8. Body shop is a excellent reputation in producing products that are not only great for our skin but the environment which draws me to purchase products from there company as I believe in the same ethics. This product is has natural ingredients and living in a inner city we do not realise how much pollution our skin absorbs. I would be greatful if I was able to gift this product for me to add more self love and care to my routine which I'm trying to implement in my life.

  9. Thanks for making me buy yet another mask! Delivery is due tomorrow so will let you know how it goes down! Even more excited after reading your review x

  10. Great review! I really want to try this mask out, I loved your demo as well. Surprised to hear it doesn't dry down matte and that it tingles a little but I guess that means it's working! Just ordered the Himalayan mask as well!

  11. I think i would love to win this mask is because normally i use cheap masks which 80% of the time work. However winning this would mean it would give my skin the right care it needs.

  12. Your review made me excited to buy and use tht mask. Cant wait for it in tbs indonesia

  13. It looks like a lovely mask adding a bit of a glow to your face, cannot wait to try it out

  14. Love your review and can't wait to tdy this out!!πŸ’–

  15. Want want want !! Love this post though Saf so well written! tanzina

  16. Saf, you had me at plump. I need dat whizz all over my face now that I'm getting older :'(

    I knew you'd love this mask, you and matcha make the perfect pair!


  17. I would like to win this product because your blog and review of the product suggests it would be perfect for my skin and I am in need of a nourishing mask.


  18. this mask looks amazing, would love to win it

  19. I would love to win this cos of your love for matcha and all other masks that you recommended are my all time favourite I would love to try this after reading your reviews im more and more excited to try it and as always thanks for the detailed review.

  20. I would love to use this mask as it looks amazing and the benefits sound so good too. I absolutely loveee all the body shop face masks and need to add this to my collection as well lol x

  21. Great review as always. Makes me want to go on a Body shop shopping spree. I recently came back from Spain and Italy. My skin has gone haywire and breaking out probs due to the excess sweating! Would love to give thid a go.

  22. Your review has totally sold it to me. It sounds like a good all rounder for combination and blemish prone skin.

  23. This sounds so good! I've never tried a body shop mask tbh. I need to! I've tried almost everything! You're review sold me on it ngl but I need to use up most of my masks that are just sitting in my draws lol.

    ibreathemakeup xxx |

  24. Love trying out new masks this looks soo good

  25. Love this blog post, I would also love to try this mask

  26. Oohhh..... as always ur review always help me... very honest review... I want to win this giveaway cz I am a Matcha fan like u... I m very obsessed with Matcha.... I love to win this giveaway badly...😭😭

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  27. I love the body shop mask range and eould love to try the new mask inshAllah

  28. I love the body range face mask, they are really good especially for my skin which is dry and sensitive

  29. I love the sound of pollution fighting ingredients, and who doesn't want something that makes their skin plump!? This sounds heavenly!! x

  30. As I get older my skin is changing and I'm trying to find products that work and pamper myself. My kids are older, and I'm realizing I need a lot more self care and I finally have time to do it without feeling guilty! I would love to win this because I want to try it and I love The Body Shop products I've tried before.

  31. I really like the ingredients in this mask and hope that they'll work for me!

  32. I was just looking for reviews of this mask and since it's a new launch there were almost none and then I found your seview and with just 1 review am sold. Would love to try this mask for sure.

  33. Awesome post as always! This mask looks bloody amazing, I'd love to try it ��

  34. I need this mask. I am matcha obsessed and this would tip me right into matcha land!!!!

  35. I have a big fat spot on the side of my nose. It's painful. It's Eid next week, a spot + no hair removal just makes for an ugly face. Girl needs help.

  36. I love Bodyshop masks. Whenever I use a toner the dirt comes off. Need something anti-pollutuion. Kulsum Patel.

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