Whether you’re a newbie or veteran clean beauty user, these face masks should be must-haves in your repertoire.
The overarching aim of switching to a clean beauty routine is to ultimately put less ingredients that are viewed as toxic – such as parabens and other synthetic ingredients – on the skin. And because a face mask is supposed to be an intensive treatment, the need to avoid harsh chemicals that can give immediate results but can damage skin in the long run is even more crucial.
Going organic is one of the easiest ways to ensure that our face masks are free of toxic and synthetic ingredients. Here, we picked 11 of the best organic face masks that are suitable for all skin types that you need to add to your clean skincare routine now:
US-based 100% Pure uses organic and cold-pressed ingredients in all their products. The Collagen Boost Sheet Mask has ginseng, retinol and vitamin C to stimulate collagen and elastin production, firming skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid, grapefruit extract and blood orange peel oil also soften and brighten skin. The sheet mask is made from sustainable bamboo cloth, which has antibacterial properties.
$51.50 for five
Created in 2011 by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in the United States, Herbivore Botanicals is a clean beauty brand that uses plant-based, food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax and recyclable and reusable packaging among other natural and certified organic ingredients. This pink clay mask uses kaolin clay and French Pink Clay to draw out impurities, while chamomile and rose petals soothe skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
Colombian-born Tata Harper founded her eponymous skincare brand in 2005. The US-based brand is one of the frontrunners of clean beauty, formulating products free from GMOs, fillers, artificial colours and synthetic chemicals. This Hydrating Floral Mask has hyaluronic acid in 1,000 sizes to replenish moisture to all the different skin layers. It also has a blend of 13 flower extracts to soothe redness and even out skin tone. Shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil also nourish and soften skin.
Local skincare brand Kew Organics’ products are made in Canada and Japan, and use only vegan, non-GMO, natural and certified organic ingredients. This Ultra-Revive H2O+ Masque is a leave-on mask that’s suitable for all skin types. Organic green tea extract protects skin from free radicals, organic witch hazel extract reduces inflammation and cellular damage, while a plant extract known as asafoetida inhibits tyrosine production to diminish the appearance of pigmentation and control sebum production. Hyaluronic acid and hydrolysed collagen plumps and smooths skin.
Australia-based brand Canvas has a minimum of 90 per cent organic ingredients in its products, besides being free of parabens, sulfates, GMOs, phthalates and synthetic fragrances and dye. This Detox Facial Mask is made with 99.45 per cent natural and certified organic ingredients, and has ashwagandha (also known as Indian ginseng) to boost cell regeneration and strengthen skin’s epidermis layer, milk thistle to detoxify and repair, vitamin C to protect against free radical damage and kaolin to control sebum production, draw out impurities and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
This South African clean beauty brand places a huge focus on probiotic skincare because it believes that when the skin’s microbes are balanced, skin conditions are optimised, preventing premature skin ageing and breakouts. This clay mask has kaolin and bentonite clays to draw out impurities while coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera leaf extract soothes and nourishes skin.
German holistic skincare brand Dr. Hauschka gets its ingredients from its own biodynamic farm, as well as organic cultivation projects worldwide. Its Revitalizing Mask, suitable for all skin types and conditions, soothes skin redness while refining the appearance of enlarged pores. Jojoba, apricot kernal and wheat germ oils help clarify and nourish skin, so it feels more refreshed and looks more even toned.
Josh Rosebrook is a US-based hair and skincare clean beauty brand. This Cacao Antioxidant Mask is said to slow down cell decline and improve collagen production, improving skin elasticity and luminosity. The active ingredient, cacao, also helps improve circulation to support skin’s natural healing ability, while plant oils such as jojoba, almond, avocado and sunflower, and superfood extracts such as goji berry and turmeric, calm, nourish and hydrate skin. You’d have to leave on this mask for 30-45 minutes to reap its detoxifying, rejuvenating and purifying properties before rinsing it off.
This sheet mask is one of The Body Shop’s vegan offerings. It’s made from a 100 per cent biodegradable material called Veocel and infused with 70 per cent of a 30ml bottle of the brand’s best-selling Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate to intensely hydrate skin. Edelweiss, criste marine and sea holly stem cells help regenerate skin while organic babassu oil, with its potent antioxidant properties protect against free radicals and prevent premature skin ageing.
$9 per sheet
US clean skincare brand Osea formulates its products with certified organic ingredients, bioavailable seaweed and pure steam-distilled and cold-pressed essential oils. Its skincare is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals and sulphates. Suitable for all skin types, this mask has white marine algae, white tea and resveratrol (an antioxidant found in red wine and berries) to soothe skin redness and even out skin tone for a more luminous-looking complexion. Mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid also help plump skin while keeping it hydrates, so it appears smooth and more even-textured.
British skincare brand Pai is a clean beauty brand that is geared towards products that are suitable for sensitive skin. This Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask is suitable for eczema-prone skin even though it has AHAs. The acid comes from pink pomelo and works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface to give you brighter and smoother skin. Copaiba extract, derived from the trunk of Copaifera trees, works as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe acne-prone skin. The mask is from alcohol and also vegan-friendly.
By Kayce Teo, April 2019
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