Self Care and Planet Care: 6 Face Masks For Conscious Clear Skin

Jul 20, 2020 | Ethical Production, Sustainable Fashion

There’s just something so luxurious about taking a few minutes out of your day to sit down and do a face mask. Unfortunately, despite the numerous claims for healthy, glowing skin, many face masks contain ingredients that can potentially be harmful to both you and the planet. Unnecessary fillers, toxic chemicals, and products tested on animals mean your skin’s TLC time might be coming at a price. 

Fortunately, you’ve got options! There’s a whole wide world of clean beauty brands creating high-quality face masks to ensure you’re taking care of yourself and the planet. So here’s a roundup of six of our favorite face masks. Every one of which is cruelty-free, vegan, and planet-powered. 

1. Osea White Algae Mask. Osea has been in the clean beauty game since 1996, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to sourcing the best natural ingredients that get results. Inspired by the ocean, it’s no surprise the key ingredient in this mask is potent white algae extract. A substance that is bursting with vitamins and minerals that smooth, brighten, hydrate, and reduce redness. In addition to Osea’s commitment to simple plant-based effectiveness, we also love their easy-to-recycle glass packaging and how all of their products are entirely gluten-free!  Visit Osea.
2. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid Radiance Mask + Cloth. Pai derives its name from the Maori word meaning “goodness,” and that is exactly what they strive for as a brand in every aspect. All of Pai’s products are designed with sensitive, eczema-prone skin in mind, so they have a built-in 90-day money-back guarantee just in case (they know the sensitive skin struggle firsthand). This mask is no exception. In just ten minutes, the creamy, rosehip-infused formula delivers intense hydration and reduces the appearance of redness. Plus, it includes a muslin cloth for gentle removal. Visit Pai.

3. 100% Pure Deep Hydration Sheet Mask. There are a million reasons to love this 100% Pure mask, but we’ll start with just one— the antibacterial bamboo cloth. The sheet itself is free of artificial fragrances and toxic chemicals so your skin is only getting the best. The serum’s chock-full of water drenching botanicals like cucumber, plant ceramides, rosehip, ylang ylang, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid for  ultra plump, soft, and supple hydration. Made to moisturize skin, it also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and visibly brighten skin. Visit 100% Pure.

4. Ursa Major Bright and Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask. Too busy for a face mask? Think again. This fast-acting mask is designed to give you clear, glowy skin in just three minutes (about how long it takes to steep a cup of tea)! Fortunately, fast doesn’t mean harsh. This gentle formula is infused with pomegranate enzymes rich in antioxidants and is completely gluten-free. Made in the USA with recyclable glass packaging, we love Ursa Major’s gender-neutral approach to skincare. They know that healthy skin is for everyone! Visit Ursa Major.
5. True Botanicals Moisture Lock Overnight Mask. For anyone who feels like cutting-edge science and natural ingredients can’t coincide, there’s True Botanicals. Incredibly meticulous about the ingredients they source, they partner with top universities to identify new botanical extracts to improve their formulas. This mask utilizes plant-derived hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture while you sleep, forgoing the heavy waxes found in traditional night creams. But don’t just take our word for it. In 2019, this mask won an Allure Best of Beauty Award. Getting that good morning glow just got easier (and more eco-friendly). Visit True Botanicals.

6. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Tata’s “more matters” mentality promotes true effectiveness by loading their products with the most ingredients at the highest levels of concentration. No fillers here. With nearly 300 five-star reviews, it’s not hard to figure out why this mask is a previous Glamour Beauty Awards recipient. It’s great for oily skin and a powerhouse against pollution, with 27 active ingredients working hard to unblock and minimize the look of pores. Made in the USA, the majority of ingredients in this mask aren’t just natural, but organic and eco-friendly too! Visit Tata Harper.

Every one of these brands understands it’s no coincidence that cleaner ingredients means a cleaner planet.. The avoidance of toxic chemicals and additives ensures that products getting washed down the drain won’t harm aquatic ecosystems or infiltrate the soil, potentially causing a slew of genetic and developmental issues for livestock and crops. 
Self-care is more than just a moment of peace with a face mask. Investing in beauty products that actively protect you and the earth is the ultimate form of self-care because you’re not only investing in conscious clear skin but a better future for all.

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