What do you do for self-love and self-care? For me, I love some me time at night and put some face mask on. It’s a very relaxing way to end your day.
When it comes to a face mask, I always struggled to find a brand that doesn’t contain synthetic and chemical ingredients. While many brands claim their masks are natural, but as soon as you read the label you realize the mask contains fragrance.
When it comes to face masks, here are the ingredients I like to avoid:
Paraben– A commonly used preservative but it gets absorbed into your skin! This ingredient goes by many names, so be sure to avoid anything that uses methylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, and isopropylparaben.
Phthalates– Often used in the cosmetic and plastic object! Keep an eye out for dibutyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, and dimethyl phthalate.
Fragrance– While fragrance may not sound so scary, but this ingredient includes tons of chemicals that can cause allergies, hormone disruption, and lead to more significant health problems.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)– These ingredients are known to cause skin irritation and trigger different allergies.
BHA and BHT– Synethic antioxidants that are used to extend shelf life and is likely carcinogens and hormone disruptor.
Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol – This ingredient may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used on your skin.
Triclosan– Technically a pesticide according to EPA but it contains antibacterial properties. However, not all bacteria are harmful to you.
Resorcinol– A popular ingredient in bleaches. This ingredient is known to cause skin irritation and allergies.
Hydroquinone– Reduces the melanin in your skin to get rid of dark marks, but in doing so, it hurts your skin in many ways. It can weaken the elastin and collagen in your problem area, irritates your skin, and some suspicion that it is a carcinogen.
Petroleum– Look out for petrolatum, xylene, toluene, mineral oil, liquid paraffin.
Artificial dyes and synthetic colors
I am all about organic, natural, and clean beauty and you should be too. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and it absorbs everything we put on top of it. It deserves being fed with organic, natural and clean ingredients. And your rule of thumb should be, you shouldn’t put anything on your body you wouldn’t want to put on your plate.
Let’s talk about Andalou Naturals
Andalou Naturals products are made with a blend of non-GMO verified, certified organic, naturally derived, sustainably sourced and fair trade ingredients. It’s cruelty-free, vegan-friendly (most) and gluten-free verified! Each year, 100% of the net profits from every Act® purchase supports women and girls’ education, equality, and empowerment. And most importantly, Andalou Natural’s product is accessible and affordable. This means you can probably get your hand on them soon and try them out for yourself!
Advanced Fruit Stem Cells, nourishing avocado, rich in Vitamin E, and pure cocoa, abundant in antioxidants and amino acids, effectively slow cellular damage and stimulate healthy cell renewal, replenishing moisture balance and dermal structure for soft, smooth skin.
Andalou Naturals features Fruit Stem Cell Science in their BioActive 8 Berry Enzyme Mask. This formula consists of Resveratrol Q10, BioActive 8 Berry, and Fruit Stem Cells along with aloe, cranberry, sunflower and vitamin E. Gluten free. Non-GMO. No paraben preservatives, sulfates or phthalates.
Brightening Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Andalou Naturals helps exfoliate, resurface and revitalize skin with organic pumpkin, Manuka honey and citrus glycolic AHA for a brighter complexion, with a BioActive 8 berry complex, fruit stem cells and certified organic aloe vera.
Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), PhytoCellTec® Malus Domestica Apple and Solar Vitis Grape Fruit Stem Cells
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract*, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract*, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Powder*, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder*
*Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients
Solutions for dull, dry, uneven skin tone, sun damaged and complexion issues.
This revitalizing mask, with alpine rose stem cells, delivers essential hydration and dermal vitality to soothe and nourish sensitive skin as pomegranate uplifts tone and hyaluronic acid and aloe vera help revive skins moisture barrier for a flawless looking complexion.
Argan Oil & Blue Clay Face Mask Fruit stem cell complex, argan oil, and french clay instantly nourish and begin to clear away impurities, minimize clogged pores, and stimulate circulation for a clean, clear complexion.
For Oily & Overactive Skin
Fruit stem cell complex with argan stem cells, grapefruit kombucha, pineapple and papaya enzymes gently dissolve and exfoliate dull, dry surface cells that can clog pores and cause breakouts as willow bark uplifts circulation for a clear, balanced complexion.
PhytoCellTec® Argan, Malus Domestica Apple and Solar Vitis Grape Fruit Stem Cells
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Juice*, Vegetable Glycerin, Papain, Bromelain, Maltodextrin, Saccharomyces Xylinum (Kombucha) Black Tea Ferment, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crossploymer, Arginine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Fruit Stem Cells (Argan, Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Niacin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Riboflavin, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil*
*Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients
This nutrient-rich facial mask, with coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids, hydrates, fortifies, softens, and conditions, improving the appearance of skin tone and texture for a healthy, smooth complexion. AquaCacteen, derived from prickly pear cactus, nourishes and soothes as water-binding nutrients provide lasting hydration for a lifted, firmer appearance and renewed vitality.