The Body Shop / Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

I have super dry skin, and will do anything to make it feel hydrated, nourished and plump. Unfortunately, this is a very rare feeling with some who is suffering from what the doctor calls 'moderate severe eczema' (no, I don't really know what that means either). I spend a lot of time (and money, but let's ignore that) to everyday try to prevent dry patches and flakey skin, so I like products which are hard at work whilst I do other things. This is why I rate a good sleeping mask (I'm a fan of the Pumpkin Sleeping Pack from Too Cool For School and the Banana Sleeping Pack from Tony Moly), as they allow me to get the most out of my *beauty* sleep, but they can be a bit messy if you don't sleep on your back all night (guilty!). 

For the last year, I've been a sheet mask convert and die hard fan, and tried all kinds of variations of them. Some does stay on better than others, and whilst they are great if you have the time to sit down and relax they can at times be a bit awkward and doesn't always stay neatly wrapped around your face. I'm also a firm believer that the suggest 10-20 minutes isn't enough, at least not when you've got skin as dry as mine, so I like to keep mine on for a minimum of 40-45 minutes. This does mean that you can't reuse them, as I know some people do, but instead I just make sure that I get the most out of my first use. 

I like to stock up on sheet masks, either by buying in bulk online or when I've been to America as we don't have as much of an offering in the UK yet, which means that they take up a lot of space. So lately I've found myself getting a little bit fed up of the whole thing and reverting back to a good ol' face mask. I recently picked up the Ethiopian Honey face mask from The Body Shop, and I love it. 

The consistency of it is like thick honey, and it smells just like the sweet stuff too. It also makes my skin feel amazing. When I use it my skin feels supple, hydrated and nourished. Due to the nature of my skin, this feeling doesn't last forever, but for someone who is used to applying sheet masks almost every day, that's not an issue. At least I can put this face mask on, and then get on with my day whilst it works its magic, without having to worry about it falling off or not covering my face properly. It's a little bit of a nightmare to get off, but I dampen a flannel with hot water and try to gently massage it off. As I don't want to rub too hard, scared I might irritate my skin, it does leave a bit of a tacky residue, but hey, that's just a bit like a sleeping pack, right?

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