Bring Your Skin to the Next Level with All Natural Face Masks
My favorite part of the skin care process is using all natural face masks. You know they’re good for you, they feel good, and generally smell good enough to eat, so it makes it a pleasure as much as an opportunity to level up your skin.
I love products that serve a purpose. I’m not much of a frivolous consumer that is swayed by bells and whistles, glitz or glamour. If a product can do something specific for you, in a natural way, then I’m all for it. Natural face masks can help provide meaningful changes to your skin while also checking the box for pleasure and enjoyment.
We normally associate face masks with down time, spa day at home, or a treat you might permit yourself on the weekend as a reward for making it through another week. The good news is, that while you’re pampering yourself, you can do your skin a favor and raise the bar on the appearance of your skin.
12 All Natural Face Mask Ingredients You’ll Want to Seek for Specific Skin Care Needs
Clay. There is such a wide variety of gorgeous clays that can be included in a mask, and almost all of them offer an abundance of minerals, vitamins and nutrients. If you’re looking for a gentle action clay, white kaolin is going to be perfect. You can branch out into some more sophisticated options, like Multani Mitti clay or Glacial clay – which is one of our favorites. Glacial Clay is 100% natural sourced from a deposit that has recently been discovered in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Comprised of nontronite, illite and kaolin clays, Glacial clay was gradually formed over the span of millions of years from the continuous striking of ancient glacial ice with volcanic ash. Green nontronite is a rare, mineral-rich clay that belongs to the smectite group of clay minerals. Glacial Clay rejuvenates dull skin, improves its appearance, helps to balance skin tone and leaves the skin feeling softer yet firmer.
Plant & Fruit Enzymes. We absolutely love enzymes, and the magical thing about it, is that it is safe for all skin types. Enzymes break down the keratin protein in the upper layer of the skin, which bonds dead skin cells together. Without this the dead skin can gently slough off. This results in smoother, softer skin and also helps diminish scars and pigmentation.
Vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which has the potential to thicken the dermis, diminish fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. You can give your skin a big dose of vitamin c with a mask that is left on for a period of time, and you’ll be left with glowing, healthier looking skin.
Hyaluronic Acid. Due to its capacity to retain large amounts of water, skin can receive the extra moisture it needs with a mask that contains hyaluronic acid, as this will help prevent the development of wrinkles, and fills in already present wrinkles to reduce their appearance.
Charcoal. Activated charcoal–when used in a face mask–binds to dirt and helps pull it out of your pores, making them less visible (it's the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh.
Salicylic Acid. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. It's well-known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin and keeping pores clear. Salicylic acid works great for taming acne and blackheads. It can also help prevent future breakouts.
Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It's thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. Don’t ever put tea tree oil directly on your skin, or it can produce a surface burn. It’s best when it’s included in a formula that is accompanied by other awesome ingredients.
Honey. Raw honey helps balance the bacteria on your skin, which makes it a great product to use for acne. ... Raw honey is also a natural exfoliator, which means applying it to your face takes off dry, dull skin and reveals new skin cells underneath.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon has anti-fungal, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that make it the perfect solution for acne-free skin.
Lactic, Malic, and/or Glycolic Acids. These acids can brighten, smooth, and even skin tone, while also making it look firmer. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. How does it work exactly? It exfoliates by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion.
Sulphur. It is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Sulfur has antibacterial effects against the bacteria that cause acne. It also might help promote the loosening and shedding of skin. This is believed to help treat skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or acne.
Dead Sea Mud. Incredibly mineral rich and strong ability to heal. Well known for killing acne causing bacteria. The minerals in mud are highly effective for absorbing oil and for toning the skin. Mud is often used to detoxify and tone skin and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for skin disorders.
Tips on How to Benefit Most from Your All Natural Face Mask
Cleanse before you mask. Applying a facial mask onto unclean face will prevent the goodness of the mask from penetrating into skin. Before you open a pack of facial mask, cleanse your skin thoroughly to make sure that you rid your face of any grime and impurities – even if you don’t have makeup on.
Don’t overdo it. Time yourself. For most masks, it is not advisable to keep it on for more than 25 minutes, unless it’s considered an overnight mask meant to be worn much longer. We don’t generally recommend sheet masks, as they can absorb the moisture from your skin, causing your skin to dry out more.
You should multi-mask. It’s hard enough to remember to mask at least once a week, so if you find the time to do it, apply masks on different features. For example, apply eye treatments or masks under your eyes, then apply your clay or mud based mask to the rest of your face, and you can even take another step and apply a hydration mask to your neck and chest area. You might look weird, but it’s a great way to accomplish all of your face mask goals this way.
Face masks might be the most enjoyable part of your weekend routine, and when you feel better, you look better. Find some masks to accomplish your skin care goals, in the comfort of your own home.
One of our best selling masks is our calming mask, meant to soothe and relax the face:
Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert