My skin and I had a little falling out. I can’t quite remember what it was about but my skin is holding a grudge because it has not been behaving at all lately. While my skin has many issues, blemishes were never really one of them. Now they are numbers one through seven. I could almost time it on a calendar, once a month – in synchronicity with my time of the month – one blemish would appear. It would be on my jaw line or chin and it would be a big painful under the skin type of deal.
More recently, I have had a plethora of blemishes. They have mainly stayed in their preferred location on my chin although several have strayed on to my cheeks and nose too. I can’t put my finger on what exactly is causing them other than my new job has my sleep pattern and eating habits all over the place. I’m hoping I will get used to it and my skin will adapt. However when the PR people at The Body Shop contacted me and asked if I wanted to try some of their Tea Tree range designed for blemished skin, I was all in!
The first thing I received was The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash. Scrub. Mask which is a great little multi-tasker. It emulsifies with water so you can use it as a face wash. You can also massage it into wet skin to exfoliate and use it as a scrub. Or you can apply it to the face, leave it on for five minutes and rinse it off, using it as a mask.
It has a very strong pure tea tree scent so if you are sensitive to that, you won’t be a fan. I quite like the fragrance as it smells very clean to me. I’ve been scouring the ingredient deck but can’t figure out what the beads are made from. They’re not those banned plastic microbeads though and they feel scrubby on the skin while not being overly abrasive.
My favourite way to use this is as a mask which you may have caught me doing over on social media. The wine is optional but I definitely recommend it. I was a little lazy so didn’t wash it off after the recommended five minutes – it may have actually been closer to twenty – but afterwards my skin felt incredibly soft as well as clean.
It contains serious spot-fighting ingredients like tea tree oil (from the foothills of Mount Kenya), kaolin (which is an absorbent clay), alcohol denat (while alcohol is a drying ingredient and not neccesarily a good one, it is quite far down the ingredient deck so there isn’t too much of it) and salicylic acid (a GREAT spot-fighting ingredient). While I want to battle my blemishes, I do worry about my skin drying out from all of the harsh ingredients so I was relieved to see that this product also contains glycerin high up in the list which attracts water to the skin.
I can attest to the fact that this leaves my skin squeaky clean but not dehydrated or tight. I am loving this stuff whenever my skin feels a little congested or when I feel like pampering myself. This is also really good value with 125ml costing €18.50.
The other product I received was The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution. This is described as a lightweight concentrate that combats blemishes and improves the overall condition of the skin. After one use, skin should feel purified, soothed and oil-free. After seven days, the skins appearance should be improved; clearer, smoother and healthier with unclogged pores. After four weeks, the number of imperfections (tone, texture, oiliness) should be reduced and skin should look mattified.
This comes with a dropper applicator and the instructions state that you only need two to three drops to cover your entire face. Perhaps I have a big face but I need several more drops than that to get complete coverage. I also like to focus a little extra on my pores and blemishes.
I have used solutions like this before and while I have found them hard working on spots, I have found that they have completely stripped my skin and left it dry. On my first day using this, I coated my face and prepared for the worst. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my skin didn’t dry out at all. This has that very strong, eye watering tea tree scent but absorbs quickly into the skin and is then undetectable.
This contains many of the same ingredients as the Wash.Scrub.Mask including the tea tree oil, salicylic acid and alcohol. This actually includes two different types of alcohol so if you have dry skin already or are sensitive to alcohol, it may be one to avoid. Again, I have had no issues though! You get 50ml of product for €19.95 which I think is a good price for an intense serum.
As with all products from The Body Shop, this is not tested on animals. The tea tree oil comes from organic tea tree leaves that are sustainably grown by the Kenya Organic Oil Farmers Association.
And the most important question – how are my blemishes?! I was growing quite a painful pimple on my chin and then used the mask before going to bed. The following morning, the spot had come to a head (much faster than it would have done on its own!) and once I scrubbed my face and used the serum on it, the spot receded within a day. Pure magic! With my skin the way it is at the minute, these have become daily staples for me. While I haven’t used them for long enough to talk about any long-term benefits, I definitely think these are worth a look if you have blemish-prone skin!
What do you think? Will you be picking these up?
What are your spot-fighting heroes?
Disclaimer: Both products were sent to me as PR samples. I am under no obligation to mention them on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the products in any way.
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