Face masks are fun and functional. They are great for your skin and there are so many different kinds for different purposes – acne, dark marks, rosacea, hydration, and the list goes on. Furthermore, they are fun to use and have tons of exciting, cool, and beneficial ingredients. You can find face masks with fruit, avocado cocoa powder, gold, vitamin C, and so much more.
Like always, you must be conscious of the ingredients that are actually in the face masks you pick up from the store. Like certain face washes, cleansers and serums, they are filled with horrible and toxic chemical and synthetic ingredients.
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Ingredients to Avoid & How to Choose a Safe Alternative
We wrote a post about face cleansers, and you can check out all of the essential information there in a little bit more depth. You will learn about the dangers of many toxic ingredients that are also in face masks, how to avoid those ingredients, and how to choose a healthy and safe alternative. You will also find our organic and natural face serums.
Fragrance is a highly toxic and dangerous ingredient that should be avoided in all of your personal care or makeup products. Fragrance is where many companies like to hide hundreds or thousands of potential chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Companies are not required to disclose what is included in the term “fragrance,” meaning they can hide any number of chemicals they don’t want their customers to see. Additionally, most fragrances are stabilized with phthalates, which are chemicals that are linked to reproductive issues and birth defects when tested on animals and they can also lead to many forms of cancer.
Anything that has fragrance listed as one of the ingredients should be avoided and you should look for an option that either doesn’t list fragrance as an ingredient or that the fragrance is coming from essential oil blends or pure natural extracts.
Parabens are one of the most common preservatives found in personal care items, makeup, and skin care products, including facemasks as well. Parabens are so dangerous because they can mimic estrogen, according to studies conducted by the FDA. The ability for parabens to mimic the female hormone can cause an increased risk in both breast and skin cancer, which are often times very deadly.
Additionally, parabens will also affect your endocrine system, leading to reproductive and developmental disorders. This is particularly detrimental for women of reproductive age looking to have children in the future. It is also important to remember there are a handful of different parabens and they can appear under different names on an ingredient list for a product. You can find many of the different kinds of parabens in different products so always keep a lookout in the ingredient list.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is another common ingredient that is likely to make an appearance on your facemask’s ingredient list. You have to be particularly careful with sodium laurel sulfate because it is very often included in natural and organic products. Just because something is “cleaner” does not mean it still doesn’t contain harmful ingredients.
SLS is such a concern because it can cause major skin irritations, canker sores, damage to the eyes, and can cause bad acne around the mouth and the chin. If you are always breaking out is a red and/or bumpy, and a painful rash around the mouth, chin, and eyes you may have an allergy to SLS. The rash is often very hard to get rid of and many dermatologists don’t identify SLS as being the cause of this rash.
The EWG Skin Deep website classifies SLS as “expected to be toxic or harmful” in organ system toxicity. If you are not sure what this ingredient is, it is a chemical surfactant that makes soapy products, like face wash, body wash, dish soap, etc. foam. However, it can also be included in products that don’t foam or suds, so you must always be wary of this toxic ingredient.
Just if things could not get more complicated, they do. SLS is often hidden in the ingredient list as sodium coco sulfate. Sodium coco sulfate is basically the same makeup as SLS, but it is derived from coconut instead of being completely created in a lab.
But in the end, both forms of this surfactant do the same thing and are equally as harmful to the skin and body. SLS and sodium coco sulfate strips your face of its natural oils, which can make your face produce even more oil to combat the issue. This will cause your face to break out even worse than it may have been before.
The 5 Best Natural and Organic Face Masks:
Now that we know a little more about the dangers that lurk in so many facemasks on the market, let’s take a look at the healthiest, purest, and cleanest facemasks currently for sale online.
This EWG Skin Deep Verified facemask will have you feeling like you stepped into a fancy spa! It purifies with high levels of antioxidants, antibacterial agents, anti-inflammatories, and vitamins A and E. This honey mask will draw out all of the impurities in your skin and improve uneven skin tone for a healthy and glowing look, which is something that we are all looking for more of.
This amazing mask also won the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017 – so you know this is going to be great for your beautiful skin. Buying products that have won awards, have great reviews and are proven to work by a variety of people generally always make solid purchases.
This facemask has nutrient-rich pineapple and papaya juices combined with 4% Glycolic Acid. It will exfoliate any dead and dull skin on your face, will tighten your pores, improve and rejuvenate skin texture, and give your skin a spectacular glow – in less than 2 minutes! Extra benefits include lightening dark spots and evening skin tone. This is particularly great if you suffer from acne or have suffered from acne and now have dark hyperpigmentation all over your face.
White & Elm’s mask is EWG Verified and only crafted with natural and organic ingredients, which make this is a really wonderful option to give a chance to.
This facemask is super rich and thick – perfect for hydrating and soothing your face!
AveSeena mask is a pure honey-based mask treatment that is great for removing impurities and debris from the skin and pores. Its creamy and smooth texture is super nourishing on the skin and will leave your skin absolutely radiant. A Creamy facemask can be challenging to find, so if you have sensitive skin that needs extra gentle attention, a cream mask is always a very good option.
Its formula combines honey, botanical oils, floral extracts, and ultrafine kaolin clay. This mask is also EWG Verified, cruelty-free, dermatologist tested and is completely free of parabens, SLA, TEA, DEA, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, artificial dyes, mineral oil, PABA, phthalates, paraffin, and silicones.
Shea Moisture face masks are healthy, affordable, and great for your face. This African Black Soap mask draws out deep impurities, absorbs excess oils, and addresses acne-prone skin. They promise all of their ingredients are free from the following:
- No Parabens
- No Phthalates
- No Paraffin
- No Mineral Oil
- No DEA
- No Petroleum
- No Formaldehyde
- No Propylene
This is a box of 6 organic sheet masks. Sheets masks portion for the perfect amount of product to put on your face and they are easy to use and clean up. These masks feature USDA certified ingredients, no chemical preservatives, parabens, formaldehyde, alcohols, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, or animal testing.
Greek yogurt reduces the appearance of dark spots and sun damage, is full of antioxidants that keep your skin youthful and firm, and the pomegranate and orange peel help boost your skin’s natural collagen levels.
Another EWG Verified face mask, this mask is made with 95% organic ingredients and 100% natural ingredients. There are never any parabens, silicones, mineral oils, synthetic dyes or fragrances.
This mask lifts prevents wrinkles and is a sheet mask for easy use and cleanup. This makes it super unique because it reacts with your skin temperature so it can provide the benefits of its ingredients directly into your skin.
One of the best and most popular face masks, perhaps in the world, is this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Thousands of people swear by this product for making their skin look the best it has ever looked, and here are a few reasons why it is so popular.
This mask starts as a dry powder. You simply add water and apple cider vinegar to turn it into a paste to smooth over your skin. When you add the apple cider vinegar to the dry clay, it begins to bubble and foam. When you apply it to your face, it may feel a bit tingly in the beginning, but that is completely normal. This mask refreshes your skin, deeply cleans your pores, reduces acne, helps with dark spots, and helps absorb extra grease in the skin that can cause breakouts.
We also really love this product because it is only made with one single, pure, and natural ingredient – bentonite clay. No other ingredients, no other fillers, no added fragrances, dyes, literally nothing else! It cannot get and cleaner and purer than that.
This 100% vegan dead sea mask infused with avocado and superfoods is like a healthy green salad for your skin. It is filled with ingredients like green tea extract, avocado, spirulina, aloe, spinach, and kale. All of these wholesome ingredients work together to detox your skin, deeply clean your pores, tighten pores, maintain proper collagen levels, and fight acne and blackheads. Blackheads can be extremely tough to treat, but this healthy face mask may just do the trick for you once and for all!
It is also great for nourishing your skin with aloe vera and avocado, which is awesome for hydrating the skin and providing your skin with essential fatty acids to keep your skin looking youthful. Kale and spinach leaves contain very high levels of nutrients that leave your skin looking and youthful glowing, and bright as it can possibly be. This mask is thick and creamy and feels awesome on the skin.
You can either apply it with your fingertips, a spatula, or a special brush made to apply clay face masks. You keep the mask on your skin for about 10-15 minutes, rinse well, and follow up with your favorite serum and/or moisturizer.
Matcha seems to show up everywhere these days and with good reason! From matcha lattes to matcha cakes to matcha beauty products, the world cannot get enough of this bright brilliant green tea powder. The two main ingredients in this face mask are matcha and avocado.
Both ingredients are filled to the brim with antioxidants and have antibacterial properties that help fight acne and other types of bacterial skin issues. They both cleanse the skin deeply, extract toxins from the skin, and removes stubborn skin cells to leave your skin looking fresh and glowing.
It is great for use on sensitive skin since it is so good for hydrating and soothing skin. It is also perfect for those who have combination to oily skin because it deeply detoxifies, which can help reduce the overproduction of oils in the skin that causes your skin to look and feel greasy.
Furthermore, if you have acne-prone skin or you find you are randomly breaking out, the antioxidants and antibacterial properties kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce excess oils that cause breakouts as well.
Is there anything more refreshing and delicious than eating a juicy and fresh watermelon? Probably not, but this watermelon face mask is surly a very close second. Watermelon is known for its hydrating properties, so if you’re looking for a face to hydrate that dry skin, you need this in your life. With watermelon’s 90% water content, it delivers so much moisture to the skin and makes your skin glow and look plump.
Many may not be aware of how many antioxidants watermelon contains, but it has high levels of vitamins A, C, and B6 to help improve cell turnover and boost collagen production naturally. This also helps with plumping up the skin and making your skin appear firmer – goodbye fine lines and wrinkles!
Another powerhouse ingredient in this face mask is hyaluronic acid. This special ingredient nourished your skin not only on the surface level but deep into the skin as well. Having healthy skin all the way through is so much more important than simply having skin that is only healthy on the surface level.
We hope you love these face masks as much as we do! Each and everyone is filled with unique, healthy, and clean ingredients that your face is going to love. Skin care is always better when you can be fully confident the ingredients you are putting on your face are safe. With these masks, you won’t have to question whether or not you are choosing a safe product.
- Ingredients to Avoid and Safe Alternatives section expanded.
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Face masks are fun and great for your skin, but those filled with chemicals and toxic ingredients are not. Check out these natural or organic face masks!
This article was last updated on March 29, 2021 .