Face Mask Ingredients for Every Skin Type
Considering everything your skin goes through, face masks can be a welcome treat to cleanse, hydrate, and nourish your skin. Keep reading to learn about ingredients you can incorporate into your next self-care session!
Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
Clay masks are popular for clearing up oily, acne-prone skin. A clay mask acts as a magnet to absorb oil, draw out dirt and other impurities, and clear out pores. Though clays are very absorbent, they leave you with balanced skin instead of drying it out. Clays are also full of minerals that have a multitude of other benefits for your skin and body. There are many different clays to choose from, including French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay, Kaolin Clay, and Rhassoul Clay.
Bananas are a unique skin treatment, as both the fruit and the peel can be used to improve oily, acne-prone skin. A banana mask can gently exfoliate the skin to remove oil and dirt, while the peel can be placed on pimples to fight acne-causing bacteria and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Like bananas, egg whites also destroy acne-causing bacteria. Egg whites contain the protein lysozyme, which is able to break down acne-causing bacteria on your skin, thereby reducing the risk of clogged pores and blemishes. Egg whites can also absorb excess oil on your skin.
Irritated and Inflamed Skin
Aloe has recently skyrocketed in popularity as a skin treatment, and for good reason! It’s soothing properties immediately cool down irritated skin and provide hydrating relief. As an added benefit, an aloe plant is also a cute decoration! You can grow one yourself and cut off a small piece whenever you need it.
Matcha may be the new tea craze, but it can also be used to treat irritated and inflamed skin. Matcha is anti-inflammatory and can reduce skin irritation, and it’s green pigment helps to neutralize redness.
Raw honey has many beneficial properties for your skin. It draws out excess moisture without excessively drying out the skin, and also provides gentle and calming relief to inflamed skin, reducing redness.
Avocado and avocado oil
Avocados are a versatile food, and now they can be used on your face! Whether raw or in oil form, avocados contain fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients that work wonders on dry skin. Your skin will love the fatty acids and vitamins in avocados, especially Vitamin E, as they are easily absorbed and moisturize your skin without weighing it down. Avocados also contain biotin, which helps to prevent dry skin.
Egg whites are highly hydrating to dry skin, as the proteins in egg whites trap moisture in the skin and keep it from evaporating.
Bite into a cucumber, and it’s pretty easy to tell that it has a high water content- around 90%, in fact. So it’s no surprise that cucumbers can hydrate and cool down dry skin. Vitamins A, E, and C add to the humble cucumber’s list of benefits for dry skin.
Dark Spots or Discolored Skin
Turmeric is a bright orange spice used in many dishes to add color- be careful, it can stain! Whether you have dark circles, dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, turmeric can lighten and brighten your skin. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
This tasty tropical fruit has skin-lightening properties as a result of the nutrients and enzymes that it contains. Papaya also acts as a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin.
Licorice root (no, not Twizzlers!) contains many medicinal properties, including some targeted to hyperpigmentation and the production of melanin, a dark pigment in the skin that causes hyperpigmentation when produced excessively. Compounds in licorice root inhibit the production of melanin and break up the melanin that is already in the skin.
The star nutrient in yogurt is lactic acid, which acts as a chemical exfoliator to dissolve dead skin cells and deep clean your pores. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and make your skin look tighter and firmer.
The next time you make a cup of hot cocoa, save some cocoa powder to use as part of an anti-aging mask! Cocoa powder destroys free radicals, which can cause fine lines, wrinkles, and skin damage.
Resveratrol, an anti-aging compound, is found in many commercial skin treatments but you can also find it naturally in grapes! Resveratrol protects against cancer-causing UV rays, improves skin elasticity, and reduces the appearance of age spots.
This is just a preview of the variety of ingredients that can benefit your skin- just know that there is a face mask out there for every skin type, skin issue, and skin goal! Be sure to discuss facial care with your aesthetician as they can help you determine your skin type and recommend products.