UNDER THE SEAWEED

246 Under the Seaweed

Okay, so I bought a tub of the Ionic Clay Mask (100 ml) from the Seaweed range at The Body Shop a couple of months ago… (February or March?) There are a few reasons as to why I bought it: a) I have used the Deep Cleansing Facial Wash from the same range, before; b) I thought it might be a good addition to my beauty closet, since I normally do not like to get (any) facial treatments done outside – this seemed like a legit product to have at home, and use every once in a while. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, for starters, it was a splurge (Rs. 1,295)!

On the tub, the labelling says that it is meant for combination/oily skin, and that is true… After washing the clay mask off, from when I used it for the first time – my skin felt excessively dry, and sort of wrinkly around the forehead area. Some of the skin even began peeling! (I got worried, and ranted about it on my Twitter feed at the time, uh-huh.) But here is some background, and a pro tip! My skin is oily for sure, and even so – this product dries you out like nothing else. And #2, you must tone and moisturise, after! I also read a few other reviews online, to see if anyone else felt similarly after using this clay mask, and surprise, surprise – there were a few.

Well, that was that, and because I paid so much for this product, and it is The Body Shop after all – I did feel brave enough to start using the product again, after a few weeks. This time, I made sure to use a thinner layer (it is imperative that you do) when applying the clay mask on, and moisturise after. The results were better! (There was no distinct peeling, etc.) And if we are to talk of the present, I have used the product about 4-5 times in total – so now seemed like the time for a review. Because my thoughts however, have been so mixed since I began using this clay mask, here is how I will break it down.

These are the things about the Ionic Clay Mask that you should know if you are considering picking up a tub of the stuff:

  • Remember to space out its usage, once you begin using it. (The label mentions that you can use this mask up to twice, weekly – the answer is no – you probably should not. Once in every two months is fine, and after a bit – you can even start to use it once a month, but definitely NOT every week or twice in a week… Gee, creators at The Body Shop – y’all should know better!)
  • Always tone, and moisturise after. Like I said, I did not know how true this statement would come to be had I not begun using this mask. (Also, use the mask a couple of days before an important meeting or date, whatever, just so that you give your skin time to breathe and deal with the after effects, etc.)

Okay, now it is time to tell you about what I like about this product:

  • About 2-4 weeks after I had used it for the very first time, I noticed that my skin looked nice – in terms of, some of the rando pimples I had had dried out, and the skin that had peeled off grew back sort of healthier.
  • There is a lot of product left in the tub I own, and I think 100 ml could last you a while. (Two years, maybe?)

{ Rating – 6.4 / 10 }

P.S. I have rated this product for exactly what it does – that it draws out impurities, and clarifies the skin. It is one of those products I could have done without, TBH. (I do not think that it could be called a cult product!) At the same time, it’s not as bad a product as I thought before; though on the other hand – it is one I might not consciously buy again.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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