I’ve not bought a sheet mask in ages as I’ve been aware of my single use plastic usage and trying to cut down where possible. I’m not sure what came over me in The Body Shop a couple of weeks ago when I decided to pick this up on a whim whilst buying a much needed body scrub and cleanser. My local store is part of an outlet shopping centre so the prices are cheaper in there than they’d usually be so I picked up The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask as a planned night in alone treat for myself.
One thing I’m really careful of now on the very rare occasion I pick up a sheet mask is that it’s biodegradable at the very least. With a brand like The Body Shop which is committed to doing good with eradicating animal testing etc – I feel fairly confident in their environmental concerns, and on the back of the packaging it explains that the fibres used to create the mask are made in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The Drops of Youth line from The Body Shop is one that seems to have garnered great reviews since it’s launch. I wasn’t aware that the Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask was part of the collection for this line which I guess is part of where my intrigue came from.
The packaging of the line is very clean, with a pretty photo on the front of Edelweiss, one of the ingredients in the mix of three plant stem cells formula. Stem Cells proactively help renew and restructure, and the ones chosen within this formula claim that with regular use they will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and give a plumper and more youthful appearance to the skin. So I was interested to see what this would do as a “one off” sheet mask treatment and what benefits I would be able to see. It’s interesting to note that there is a Drops of Youth Concentrate within the line which would work out as a much more economical way of using the product consistently for 4 weeks, I assume that the formula is the same within the sheet mask as well as what is sold as a bottled concentrate separately.
The sheet on this was nice and light feeling, with a generous amount of serum loaded onto the sheet mask it sat on the face nicely past the recommended time of 15 minutes without drying out. The shape of the mask was pretty big – it’s not often that I find that I’ve got excess tissue – which you can see around the top of my forehead is kind of crinkled up. There was small cuts around the edge of the mask making it easy to fold around the shape of your face and easy to adjust. The one area I felt like it wasn’t quite sitting right was my eyes where it kept lifting away. It didn’t feel uncomfortable but my eye area didn’t get the full benefit of the mask as a result.
When first applied the mask was very refreshing and felt a little cooling and soothing. After about 5 minutes the serum seemed to comfortably warm up. I removed the mask after about 30 minutes, I felt like there was still a lot of wetness after 15 minutes and whilst it still wasn’t dry and shrivelled up at 30 minutes there was a little product left on the skin to massage in. The skin had a very, very slight tackiness to it about 30 minutes after removal.
After an hour or so I noticed that my skin felt very hydrated – although I had been neglecting all moisturisers so anything was going to help. I didn’t notice any change in appearance in either pores or fine-lines at all. The next morning my skin still felt soft, smooth and a little bit bouncier and more youthful. It’s been rare that I’ve felt like sheet masks do much for your skin, but The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask appears to be one of the good ones. If you’re a sheet mask lover and have been yet to try this one – I would recommend giving it a try. If I didn’t have a giant pile of serums in my cupboard already I could have been intrigued into trying the concentrate out in bottled form – I’ll make a mental note of it for future.
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