What to Look for in Toxin-Free Face Masks
Face masks are an essential element to even the simplest skincare routine in order to target problem areas, draw out impurities, tone, nourish, and protect the skin.
Face masks can have different skin-saving, relaxation, and therapeutic benefits, depending on their ingredients. Face masks are an essential element to even the simplest skincare routine in order to target problem areas, draw out impurities, tone, nourish, and protect the skin. Many skincare enthusiasts also use face masks to prep the skin for other beauty steps and as a long-term approach to detoxing.
However, there are endless masks on the market so it’s not always easy to know what to look for in a face mask. It’s best to start by avoiding dangerous skincare sensations such as 2017’s D.I.Y. charcoal glue mask viral craze or the not-so-environmentally-friendly glitter mask trend.
MASKS TO AVOID
When using sheet masks, you are quite literally wrapping your face in both good and bad ingredients. The problem is that all sheet masks contain a variety of preservatives to inhibit bacteria from growing in the packaging of these masks. Methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, and methylisothiazolinone are just some examples of common preservatives used to increase the lifespan of masks. These preservatives are linked with skin problems such as eczema, central nervous system depression, and reproductive issues.
Many sheet masks also contain fragrances, synthetic dyes, and colourants that can be irritating for many skin types.
Peel Off Masks
While not all peel off masks are full of bad ingredients, they can be harmful to your skin. The ingredients in these masks create a glue-like effect that binds the mask to the surface of your skin, peeling off far more than just blackheads. In the process, these masks remove a layer of your skin as well as tiny vellus hair and sebaceous filaments, too. Stripping this outer layer of skin can lead to an oil imbalance and, as a result, to further concerns such as more blackheads and acne.
To more effectively target blackheads, use a clay mask to gently work on the underlying cause of your skin concerns and, whatever you do, don’t use PVA glue in a D.I.Y. peel off mask.
While this new trend in face masks has apparently been deemed safe for skin, dermatologists are still concerned about the abrasive effects of tiny glitter particles. Not to mention, glitter is terrible for the environment. As a microplastic, glitter easily finds its way through water filtration systems and into the ocean where it is consumed by marine life. If you’d rather not have microplastics, in one form or another, end back up on your dinner plate, avoid glitter and microbeads and choose natural skincare products instead.
Read our reasons to switch to natural skincare products to find out about more ingredients to avoid.
INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR
Clay – Moroccan red clay is the best for all skin types because of its ability to rid blackheads, and tone and rebalance the skin. Other clays, such as bentonite and French green clay are great for oily and acne prone skin due to their sebum-absorbing and clarifying abilities. For sensitive and dry skin, kaolin clay is best as it is gentle and absorbs less liquid than other clays.
Cacao – Rich in antioxidants, cacao powder has fantastic anti-ageing benefits. While cacao also fights free radicals and provides a collagen boost, it also has a delicious chocolatey scent.
Aloe Vera – You will find that many natural face masks contain aloe vera as their main ingredient. This is because aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hydrating, and packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Use a face mask with aloe vera for a nourished, healthy glow.
Oat Bran – If you’ve ever may a D.I.Y. face mask, it probably would have been some concoction of oats and honey. Many skincare brands are now also using oat bran in their face masks for a reason! Skincare brands have discovered that oats can also naturally soak up excess oil, help to reduce acne, treat irritation, and moisturise your skin due to oat bran’s humectant properties.
Oils – If you’re looking for a moisturising face mask, be sure to find one packed with good oils. Jojoba oil, castor oil, and argon oil are all non-comedogenic and have powerful abilities to improve skin vitality.
Fruit extracts – To get the most out of your face mask, look for organic and natural added extras. Extracts from flowers and plants such as lemon, acai, rosehip, pomegranate, chamomile, calendula, papaya, and grapefruit, have endless soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
MASKS WE LOVE
This clay mask has a Moroccan red clay base making it ideal for any skin type including acne prone skin. Helping to clear impurities and refine pores, this mask also promises to improve the elasticity of the skin due to the added benefits of jojoba oil and chamomile extract.
100% natural, vegan, and made in Australia, this face mask is full of anti-ageing properties. Black Chicken Remedies has discovered the power of cacao to absorb free radicals and inject beneficial antioxidants into the skin. This mask also contains pink kaolin clay for gentle purification, as well as green tea for an added antioxidant boost.
Everybody loves a multiuse product! Botani’s scrub and mask gently rids the skin of impurities without stripping away natural oils. Offering a blend of oat bran, bentonite clay, chamomile extract, and aloe vera, this mask hydrates and nourishes while soaking up oil and impurities and leaves the skin feeling mattified and smooth. Containing botanical jojoba spheres instead of microbeads, this mask is also environmentally-friendly!
HOW TO USE FACE MASKS
To get the best result from you face mask, always make sure to clean your skin before and after your treatment.
Our Acure Red Clay Mask is for a recommended use of 1 to 2 times for week. Be sure to only apply a think layer to you face, neck, and chest and wash off after 15 minutes.
Our Black Chicken Remedies Face Mask can be used twice weekly or as needed. This face mask needs to be blended with water to form a paste before application. Make sure not to use too much water so that the mask will dry effectively. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove this mask with a warm cloth.
Our Botani 2 in 1 Mask can be used a bit more generously. Apply onto your face and neck and wash off well after 2 to 4 minutes.
As with any face mask, let yours dry for the required time and no longer to ensure that you don’t dry out your skin or cause any irritation. It’s important to remember that every face mask will be different, so always follow the advice on the packaging.
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