Thursday, October 27, 2016

A few of my favorite things: Mask Edition

I absolutely LOVE masking. When I feel a breakout coming on I rush to my favorite masks to calm them down before they get crazy! I also love to mask when I just want to relax and pamper myself.
Here are a few of the favorites...

1. Earthwise Beauty: Frightening Green
This mask has been SO helpful with my skin being fussy from all of the products we have to use at school. If you didn't see my instagram post about being in esthetics, my skin has been SO fussy from all of these yuck products on my skin. I am a firm believer that everyone's skin responds differently to different products and mine loves and responds so well to green skincare. 
Back to the mask...this is 100% my go to mask. It includes french green clay to draw out impurities in the skin and to dry up those breakout areas. This also includes witch hazel, juniper berry, eucalyptus, and many fruit acids. I love how cleansing and detoxifying this mask is. It's pore purifying and I use it straight from the fridge to get the added cooling effect. Anytime I feel my skin is getting irritated from other products or acting up I immediately slather this all over my face. Although this is a clay mask this does not irritate or burn my skin in any way. This mask is SO aromatherapeutic, I absolutely love the way it smells. Sometimes I will just leave it on a little longer because it smells so amazing!
Honestly my skin loves this so so much. Very calming when my skin gets mad at me! Looks like it's time for the full size.

2. MOSS Sacred Ground
I use this mask when my skin is feeling extra oily/greasy and I get those little bumps on my chin and neck. This helps to calm down the excessive oil and does a great job at soothing my skin and clearing those stubborn spots. With lovely clays such as bentonite and rhassoul this really helps with congestion. Also love that it includes aloe and tumeric to fight inflammation. Tumeric is another of my favorite ingredients for healing acne as it is rich in antioxidants and overall fantastic for acne prone skin! Another favorite for sure!

3. MOSS: Private Island

This mask is "esthetician grade" with many powerful exfoliating ingredients. When I received this I knew it was perfect for what my skin has been going through, needing exfoliation but the RIGHT way. First of all, this mask is BEAUTIFUL. The color oh my gosh...
This mask can be used two ways. The first as an enzymatic mask (apply, leave on and let dry, rinse off) and let the goodness just soak in. You can also use it for gentle manual exfoliation by letting it pill and peeling it off. I have used this mask both ways and I like both! I do NOT use it as a mechanical exfoliator if I have any active breakouts because this would do sort of the same as a scrub (pick up bacteria and move it elsewhere on the face) even though it's not harsh. Some star ingredients include  organic royal jelly (which makes this an enzyme mask), guava powder, camu camu powder which is packed with vitamin C and also includes astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and emollient properties. Overall this is a GREAT exfoliating mask and I use it about once every 1-2 weeks.

4. Good Medicine Beauty Lab: Honey Bee
This mask is more of a hydrating/soothing mask. If I double mask, this would be the second mask I would use. This being because honey is one of the main ingredients which is a humectant that draws in and holds moisture to the skin. This mask also includes aloe vera for healing and soothing, apple pectin for moisture and protecting the skin's natural barrier, glycerin for added moisture, and lots of lovely EOs like frankincense, amber, and myrrh. 

5. Siam Seas Purifying Herbal Mask

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This mask is packed with healing herbs from Southeast Asia including tumeric and mangosteen, two of my favorite ingredients for acne. You can customize this mask by using it with whatever liquid you'd like. My favorite way to use this mask is mixed with honey and little water. I also like it with ACV when I need it to be a little more astringent like. I find this formula to be very powerful and quickly heals blemishes. 

REALLY wanting to try Leahlani's mermaid mask and Earthwise Beauty backstrap molasses which everyone raves about! 

Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite mask?

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