A mask party with The Body Shop
Mask parties have become a thing. And yes, while sheet masks are a convenient option, they don't really allow for mask customisation and double masking. The Body Shop's new range of Expert Facial Masks not only contain superfood ingredients sourced from around the world, they're super fun to use and work quickly on your skin, for instant rejuvenation you can actually see. Building on its promise for quality in a bottle, all the five masks in the range are 100 per cent vegetarian — while three options, the Amazonian Acaí Energising Radiance Mask, British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask and Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask are 100 per cent vegan. Not only are these masks cruelty-free, they are also free of skincare nasties like parabens, paraffins, silicone and mineral oils.
In our video above, watch how Bella Koh, Jasmine Chong and Kelly Latimer find the perfect mask combination for their skin needs. Easy to apply, and with interesting textures and scents, find out the exact mask prescriptions for each woman below.
This busy and stylish mum of one, not only runs her popular Instagram account @catslavery, she also is an in-demand food stylist. Koh has a dry complexion and says wrinkles and lines are her number one skin concern. She was looking for a mask that would revive, but also deeply hydrate her skin, and fight these first signs of ageing.
We recommended: For fatigued skin, the Amazonian Acaí Energising Radiance Mask is the perfect pick-me-up. Packed with acaí berry and guarana seed extract from Brazil, this not only revives the skin, it boosts its radiance and energy. Because Koh has a dry complexion, she did a double mask. After removing the Amazonian Acaí Energising Radiance Mask, she re-applied the ultra-hydrating Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask, sourced from community trade honey from Ethiopia to revive depleted skin.
The result: Skin was hydrated, smoother and softer to the touch and fine lines were less obvious.
The vivacious Chong, is the owner and yoga instructor at Yoga Lab, with an Instagram that showcases her in various asanas. While she has an enviable complexion, like many of us she suffers from combination skin, and the occasional breakout. Unsure if her self-diagnosis was right, she tried out The Body Shop skin tester strips, to check the oil levels on her cheeks and forehead, and confirmed her skin type. Chong was looking for a double action on these two areas — to balance and purify her complexion, as well as replenish and calm her skin.
We recommended: Double masking can also be done simultaneously, especially if you're in a big hurry. Chong spot-applied the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask on her T-zone area, to help detoxify the skin and unclog her pores. Meanwhile she painted on a generous dose of the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, packed with real rose petals from Britain and rosehip oil from Chile — to moisturise and tone the rest of her face.
The result: Skin was balanced, but still felt comfortable and plump.
Television host Kelly Latimer may be pregnant, but that doesn't stop her from leading a super active life and lifting weights at the gym. However, hormonal changes during pregnancy have affected her skin. Her skin feels oily around certain parts of the T-zone, is more prone to breakouts at the jawline and dreaded pigmentation is beginning to creep in.
We recommended: As Latimer was pregnant, we wanted her to avoid any essential oils in her facial masks. The Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying and Polishing Mask was not only perfectly safe for pregnant women, the ingredients would help brighten the skin and at the same time, exfoliate and remove dirt trapped in the pores.
The result: Skin was visibly brightened and clearer, and looked more even and smooth.
Beauty Direction: Renée Batchelor
Production by: MLC Productions
Director of Photography: Alvin Choon & Wan Zhong Wei
Production Coordinator: Marianne Koh
Sound: James Choong
Video Editor: Vivian Koh
Makeup Artist: Yuan Sng
Hair Stylist: Ira Tedja