Face masks are a beneficial skincare treatment for any type of skin, including dry, oily, or mature skin. Beyond creams and serums, masks are actually the most concentrated and results-driven skincare treatments, and offer some seriously favorable benefits including:
- Detoxification and cleansing
- Firmness & Elasticity (specific to Brazilian Red Kaolin Clay)
- Increases circulation
- Replenishes nutrients
- Pampering treatment
- Adds extra dimension to skincare routine
How Masks Treat the Skin
The cleansing function of a face mask is a targeting treatment that is more gentle than scrubs, astringents or toners, while being able to do its job over a longer period of time than your daily cleanser. As it dries on your face, the mask removes excess oil, dirt and environmental pollutants for a deep, gentle cleansing treatment.
Facial masks are also very effective at treating skin issues such as rosacea, eczema and oily or blemished skin. It soothes and reduces inflammation, while healing and purifying the skin. A mask is also very moisturizing, although that may seem illogical as it dries on your face - the antioxidant and emollient properties soak into your skin to provide deep nourishment and hydration.
As an anti-aging treatment, a facial mask targets things like fine lines and wrinkles to reduce their appearance and promote collagen production to brighten and plump your skin to look more youthful.
Anti-Aging & Nourishing Ingredients in Masks
The most beneficial mask treatments for anti-aging and skin nourishment contain the following ingredients:
In addition to protecting the skin against free radicals, which speed up the appearance of sunspots and wrinkles, antioxidants help to strengthen the skin and revitalize its overall appearance. Antioxidants also help to correct uneven skin tones.
Toning agents and astringents are a powerful ingredient in masks, refreshing and rejuvenating while hydrating and protecting the skin. We have a as part of our new RAW collection, which you can add to your DIY mask as an effective mixer. Rosewater, witch hazel and chamomile are other great, naturally toning ingredients for masks.
Clays are a vital ingredient in many face masks, particularly because they help the skin soak up more nourishment from the other beneficial ingredients in the clay. Brazilian kaolin clays are excellent absorbing agents, while cleansing the pores and skin surface to remove dirt, dead skin and sebum, preventing blemishes and making the skin look clean and more youthful. Brazilian Kaolin Clays are the least drying to your skin, closest to your own skin pH and also softer and gentler.
Powerful for your diet as well as your skin care, omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most nourishing ingredients to have in your mask treatment. Omega-3s help your skin to retain plumpness, making it look more youthful. Look for superfruit ingredients that are often the richest in omega-3 fatty acids.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, green tea helps reduce flushing and soothes the skin, combating the redness that often becomes more apparent with aging. It also protects and fights against environmental stressors and free radicals, which contribute to the aging of the skin.
AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids as they’re officially known, are a compound that gently exfoliates dead skin cells away to make your skin look more glowing and youthful. Some of the more common AHAs found in masks and other anti-aging skincare products are lactic acid, malic acid and glycolic acid. Phytic Acid is comparable to Glycolic Acid and a great mild alternative to harsh AHAs. Phytic Acid is derived from Rice and other grains and used in awesome clean beauty product formulations such as this Brightening and Exfoliating Mud.
A protective compound that also retains moisture for the skin is hyaluronic acid. Since aging skin doesn’t retain as much moisture, this is a very important ingredient for regular mask treatments to fight aging. Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient in a lot of skincare products (such as this Anti-Pollution Facial Mist).
Get started on your very own anti-aging mask with this RAW DIY mask recipe. This wonderful anti-aging mask recipe has a base to improve elasticity and firmness, coupled with the powerful dual superfruit oil (copaíba and pracaxi) to reduce redness and blemishes and regenerate the skin. Add a Toner as the perfect mixer, such as the Coco-Mint Skin Tonic and finish with the antioxidant-rich Açaí Superfruit Scrub. Use your mask 2x per week for the best results.
If you are interested in Sensitive or Acne Prone skin masks, you can find recipes here as well.
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