Friday, February 11, 2011

The Body Shop Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

I have no idea how I came to own a jar of The Body Shop Aloe Protective Restoring Mask but somehow it ended up under my bathroom sink. I have a feeling I might have bought it but I have no idea why. Its packaging claims and ingredients don’t appeal to me in the least.

Like too many Body Shop products, this one is missing any instructions and is short on product description. We’re simply told that it’s for sensitive skin and that it’s an “Intensive treatment with prebiotics to strengthen skin’s natural barrier.”

What does this mean? I have no idea. But I do know that this stuff doesn’t really do anything for my skin.

It doesn’t seem to irritate it, even after I leave it on for 20 minutes, but besides making my skin feel a bit softer and look a bit brighter, it doesn’t do anything (and those results might be because I generally follow this mask up with a mild scrub).

Its online product page provides a bit more insight into this item including this interesting line, “Naturally-derived active prebiotic ingredient encourages growth of good bacteria to balance skin’s ecoflora and build a microbiological defense system for healthier skin.” Again, what? That whole line sounds a little BS-y to me.

At $18.50, this product is too pricey for basically being a cool, creamy mask that feels OK on your face. Yeah, aloe is the first ingredient but as you can read here, that doesn’t really mean much. The fact that it contains sesame oil is better, but not enough to redeem this product.

Would I buy this again: No.
Should you buy it: No.

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