You don’t have to spend a day at a salon to enjoy a luxurious day of face-pampering. Masks are a great inclusion to refresh, recharge and rejuvenate your skin and beauty routine.
Additionally, an organic face mask can deliver a concentrated amount of skin nourishment and healing with benefits that last long, and show! Masks can be a helpful inclusion to your natural skincare routine for some of the following reasons:
- As a weekly addition to boost skin nutrition
- For encouraging extra glow
- To perk up skin after a taxing party season (holidays, weddings, or times of extended celebration that could potentially dehydrate skin)
- To relax, destress and pamper yourself
We use hair masks to treat specific issues for our hair, and we can also use face masks to concentrate on corrections or improvements to our skin. Much like making, baking and cooking food at home, you will have more control over the ingredients in your organic face mask if you make it at home. A homemade face mask can be just as potent, powerful and high-performing as a store-bought product. Which of the two should you incorporate into your natural skincare routine?
You might wish to consider the following when deciding if a store-bought or homemade organic face mask is best for you:
- Do you have time to research, find and buy the ingredients you’d like to use in your homemade face mask?
- Are you able to set aside time to process or follow the methodology for creating an organic treatment at home?
- Can you make the masks ready for when you’d like to use them?
- Is your time more valuable or is your money? Consider weighing up the options in the vein of ‘time is money.’ If it takes you a long time to make a homemade face mask when you could be working and contributing to a larger earning capacity, you may opt to buy a product, or vice versa.
- Organic ingredients may cost more to purchase in the initial outlay, but the quantity may last you longer over time.
- Store-bought products can sometimes be more expensive than DIY.
- Do you want to personalize ingredients in your masks to suit your specific skin care needs?
- Do you want to tailor your face mask to the season without needing to buy a standardized quantity, specified by store-bought products?
- Do you want the creative license and the flexibility to make different types of masks on the fly and have the control to scrap ingredients that don’t work for you and try something new on the next experimentation round?
3 things the best natural face masks do
A good face mask will help clean up excess dirt, grime, and excess oil from your pores, to reveal and reopen any blackheads and allow the skin to breathe. It will also help hydrate the skin with vitamins and nutrients, firm and tighten the skin and brighten your overall complexion.
A once a week application should be effective enough to add to your routine. After washing your face, apply your organic mask, follow with a moisturizer or night cream or serum before you hit the hay.
Added bonus is that you can meditate, relax, decompress or just have a breather for the 10-20 minutes that you leave the mask on your face. Schedule in a little ‘you time’ and enjoy less stress, and less stressed skin, with our top picks for natural facial masks.
5 of the Best Natural Face Masks (+ Bonus)
Sukin Detoxifying Clay Mask, 3.38 oz
I really love the organic, Australian Sukin brand and use a lot of their products (body scrubs, face wash, hand cream, rosehip oil, and more). This detoxifying clay mask is infused with antioxidant rich kale, spirulina and parsley (I would also recommend eating these green ingredients for health and detoxification). I enjoy the texture of the thick paste and the suppleness of my skin after use.
- Enriched with goji berry and bentonite, vitamins and antioxidants help to detox and brighten the complexion and minimize the appearance of fine lines
- Avocado, baobab and rosehip oils balance out skin tone with ultra hydration
- Suitable for all skin types, normal skin, especially dull skin needing a kick
- May not be the best choice for super acne-prone or oily skin
- Strong sweet, ‘candy-like’ smell
- May not be able to use up the full jar within six months expiration date as a little goes a long way
100% natural and organic Laila London clay mask is hypoallergenic and free of additives and fragrances. The dry powder means for lighter carrying if you’re traveling. Once mixed with water, the green clay mineral-rich properties help even texture, gently exfoliate and smooth the skin while unclogging and minimizing the appearance of pores, and soothing irritations like acne and blemishes. Bonus is the smooth finish that feels like a full spa experience right at home.
- Astringent calendula, marshmallow and Lavender flowers are ideal for oily skin, drawing out pollutants
- Absorbent green tea and hydrating chamomile help tone, hydrate and soften dry skin
- 100% natural, vegan, gluten free, not tested on animals, and packaged in glass
- Application involves measuring and mixing (it’s not ready-made out of the jar)
- Slightly drying for overly dry skin
- You will need to mix up the solution each time to make the mask
I like the philosophy Matcha Obsessed has with their products: keep it pure and simple – which means safer for all of our skins! This mask contains just matcha green tea, coconut milk, honey, echinacea, botanic clay. Antimicrobial honey draws out toxins and helps to tighten the pores, hydrating coconut milk replaces moisture. The organic clay assists in detoxifying and gently exfoliating dead skin cells, while organic echinacea and matcha fight anti-aging and reduce redness and inflammation. The purest, natural ingredients mean that the mask feels like a spa-quality mud facial.
- Reduces blackheads and acne with antimicrobial honey and coconut
- Ceremonial grade organic matcha tea smells great and reduces inflammation
- No parabens, animal testing, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, preservatives, synthetic dyes, or petrochemicals. All natural and made in the USA
- Solution makes quite a thick paste
- Quantity lasts about five to six uses
- May not be the best solution to fight really difficult skin issues
The Aesop brand produces quality organic products with the added bonus of smelling great! Founded in Australia, the company has a strong commitment to natural and effective products for not only the face and skin but also for hair care, soaps and fragrance. If your skin feeling a little run down, this blemish mask can help rectify anything popping up on your complexion as the active ingredient tea tree is an antiseptic that minimizes blemishes and clears acne. I often use tea tree oil as a toner to keep my skin clean and acne free, or to spot treat occasional pimples and heal minor scratches and cuts.
- Rapid-acting astringent masque for blemishes (using tea tree oil)
- The powerful blend of plant actives and purified clays help to dissipate impurities and clear the complexion
- Calming extracts of chamomile bud and tea tree leaf soothe the skin
- Thin topical layer (if you prefer a thicker consistency)
- On the higher end of face mask price points
- Helpful to leave overnight, not just for ten minutes
Another Australian brand indeed, but Australians know their natural skincare stuff! The Australian Certified Organic body has a very strict policy and process for passing products, which I really find helpful in a world of choice. If you have seven minutes, slap on Sonya Driver’s seven super ingredient mask which will deeply purify and clean skin and pores while smoothing and feeding the skin full of antioxidants.
- Made from certified organic vegetables, including spinach, chlorella and chia seed (hint: eat these also for healthy skin!)
- Brightens and draws out impurities leaving the skin smooth, hydrated and well-nourished
- Only natural and organic ingredients certified by the Australian Government Organic & Bio-Dynamic standards and requirements (Paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free)
- Optimal use is one to two times a week
- Slightly off-putting name, but you can rest assured what you’re putting on your face is good enough to eat
- Organic ingredients will need to be used before expiration date
Want more facial masks?
Want to get your fingers in the honey pot? We like the look of this ultra-hydrating honey mask from Bee Friendly Skin Care Honey Facial Mask.
3 things your homemade face masks should include
If you’re feeling a bit time-rich and crafty, try your hand at making your own nutrient-dense face mask. You may decide to incorporate ingredients specific to your own skin needs, but remember that you will be leaving this mask on your face for an extended time period to get to work. With this in mind, make sure it includes the following considerations:
Exfoliates: An ingredient to buff, scrub and polish your skin like:
- fine-ground coconut shells
- Himalayan pink rock salt
- raw sugar
- ground coffee,
- and oatmeal.
Moisturizers: Penetrate your skin’s deeper layers with soothing moisture and hydration like:
- coconut oil
- raw honey
- rosehip oil
- aloe vera
Purifiers: Thoroughly cleanse and extract dirt and oil for a deep clean
- tea tree oil
- rose clay
- lemon juice
- apple cider vinegar
No matter how you mix ingredients for a smooth paste to plaster onto your face, we recommend lukewarm water to remove your mask. It will be sticky and slightly dried by the time it is ready to come off and warmer water helps to remove gently. Or, if easier wash face with a mild cleanser. A gentle soap with activated charcoal can also help clean any remaining residue, like a natural, lavender based bar, which we stock.
The pantry face mask
You don’t have to go out and buy a whole grocery store to start your do-it-yourself facial regime. We’ve rounded up everyday kitchen pantry products found in most kitchens that can be used for your at-home organic face mask (you might be surprised!):
- Olive oil – sensitive skin safe, gentle and soothing
- Honey – heals and soothes
- Banana – moisturizes and softens skin
- Eggs – moisturizes with extra B vitamins for a fresh face
- Plain yogurt – cleanses skin and tightens pores
- Apple cider vinegar – tightens and cleanses
- Milk – refreshes and rejunvenates
- Oatmeal – calms, soothes and decreases redness
Whether you’re introducing a natural skincare product (like a mask) to your trusted routine, or you are curious to explore wholefood natural products that you can DIY in the comfort of your home, remember to test patch on your wrist, arm or neck before applying to your face for any potential adverse (allergic) reactions. Avoid the eyes and make sure to rinse with warm water. See how you enjoy natural masks for yourself.
Do you have a favorite homemade mask recipe? What’s doable and delicious on your skin?