It's so rare nowadays that I find the time to pamper, that when I do have the chance I'm all about reaching for products which are quick to use and give me lovely results. That's exactly why I love The Body Shop Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. A body treatment just like those you'd pay over the odds for in a spa, that can be done in the comfort of your own home and all under 10 minutes.
I've tried a body mask like this in a spa setting before and it was lovely. A good idea is to make sure you give your body a proper exfoliation beforehand, to ensure you get the full benefits. Just like a face mask; applying to your skin prior to exfoliation means you're basically applying over dead skin cells and debris, you'll get much better results if your skin is smooth and free of any dry, dead skin.
So what does a body clay do? It's basically a face mask for your body which helps to purify, remove impurities and soften skin, helping to deeply cleanse. The Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay uses a Bamboo Charcoal powder from the Himalayas in India, which has been used for centuries in ancient Asian beauty, known for it's ability to draw out impurities from our skin by up to thousands of times it's own mass. That's a pretty powerful ingredient! It also aims to draw out tensions from the mind, working to de-stress and calm. Even better? It smells pretty lovely!
To use I simply pop in the shower, give my body a good scrub top to bottom then pat myself dry with a towel before applying either all over or just over specific areas if I'm doing a targeted treatment. I then leave on for roughly 10 minutes before popping back under the water and massaging away. It's as easy as that! Finish with a good body moisturiser - I love the Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream from the same range which I'll be reviewing in full soon - and you're left with very happy soft and smooth skin. There's two clays in the range altogether, the other being the Spa of the World Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay, which aims to firm skin using Rhaussoul Clay from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I'll be picking up that one next to help me with my mama-belly!
For those of you who haven't used a body clay treatment before, they can get messy when you're applying - but The Body Shop have thought of that too! They've also released a specially designed Spa of the World Body Mash Body Brush which retails for £10. It can be used with the body clays from the Spa of the World range, but also any other body clays or treatments you happen to have in your beauty stash. Think of it like a super sized foundation brush; it's made from Ash Wood all the way from Northern China and helps you get a smooth and even application. If you're not fussed about getting your hands messy, then don't worry, this brush isn't a must!
A 200ml tube will cost you £16, but if you catch it during one of the many and frequent The Body Shop offers or sales, you can probably pick it up for a few quid less. Either way it's a lovely product and one I'll be making sure I keep in my beauty stash!
Available in-store and online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk.
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