5 Natural Face Masks for Your Green Beauty Routine

We hope you've been following our blog series on going green with your beauty routine. With this series, it is our goal to share useful & relevant information that helps The Essential Life community make better, healthier & more sustainable choices with regards to purchasing decisions. This is especially true with regards to the beauty products that we invest in.

Why is it so important to make the swap & go green with the beauty products & cosmetics that we use? There are a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that a lot of cosmetic products are made with synthetic chemicals which are hazardous to the environment. More importantly, however, is that these same synthetic chemicals are extremely harmful to our individual health. This is a list of harmful & carcinogenic ingredients found in most beauty products & cosmetics.  

For the last few months, The Essential Life's team of beauty experts have been testing & trialling different natural & organic beauty products & cosmetics, to compile our lists of the best natural products to use at each stage of your beauty routine. We've found the best natural & organic cleansers, moisturisers, facial serums, acne treatments, face masks, foundations, lip colours, mascaras & deodorants to help your make the swap to a green beauty regimen. Stay tuned to The Essential Life as we continue counting down the best beauty swaps to green up your beauty routine.

Our Top-Five Picks for Natural Face Masks for Your Green Beauty Routine

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

Why We Love It: May Lindstrom The Problem Solver is the perfect mask for those of us who struggle with oily or acne prone skin. This powerhouse, all-natural & organic treatment pulls double duty as both an all-over mask, & a spot treatment to banish blemishes. We found that, for dry or sensitive skin, it was best to use this mask as a spot treatment, rather than as a mask. As a spot treatment, it was effective & didn't cause dryness or flaking.

One of the things that we loved about this skincare treatment, was also one of this things that almost lead us to cutting it from the list. When you apply this mask, for best results, you're supposed to leave it on for 45-minutes. This is both a bonus & a drawback. It's a bonus because it forces us to spend time pampering & caring for ourselves. It's a drawback because we don't always have 45 minutes to spend on our skincare routine.

Ultimately, we thought we'd include this mask on our list because it does work wonders for your complexion. It draws out toxins to purify & clarify your face, leaving you with glowing skin. We can't speak for you, but we're pretty sure 45 minutes it absolutely worth it if it leaves us with beautiful, glowing skin.

Price: $100 USD


Odacite Synergy[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Masque

Why We Love It: When your skin is acting up & you're looking for a quick & effective fix, this face mask is your go to. Odacite's Synergy[4] is perfectly formulated to calm inflammation quickly, leaving you with beautiful, flawless & glowing skin.

Synergy[4] works hard for your skin. This powerhouse, all-natural & organic blend detoxifies your pores while exfoliating to slough away old & dead skin cells to reveal younger & more supple skin. This mask doesn't just stop there, however, it also plumps & brightens your skin to achieve a more youthful & glowing complexion. 

Price: $59 USD


One Love Organics Brand New Day Scrub & Mask

Why We Love It: If you're looking for an incredibly effective, yet gentle, exfoliating scrub & mask for dry or sensitive skin, look no further. This versatile facial treatment is made with the power of sweet pea flour, pineapple enzymes & kaolin clay which works to detoxify your skin & draw out impurities lurking within your pores.

You can use this exfoliating powder on it's own, or add a bit of water which creates a paste that can be used as a mask. You can also add some powder to your cleanser to give it a bit of beauty boost.

Price: $39 USD


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Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask

Why We Love It: We cannot speak highly enough of this mask! The ingredients list says that it is blended with natural & organic cacao, but we're convinced it only contains one ingredient & that  ingredient is MAGIC!...Well, maybe not magic, but this all-natural & organic mask is pretty incredible.

Cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there. In this mask's formulation, it works to draw impurities out of your skin. Cacao is blended with a powerful mixture of anti-inflammatory herbs & Essential Oils which calm skin to reduce redness, irritation & blemishes.

One thing we will say about this mask is that, if you have sensitive skin, you'll want to be a little bit careful with this treatment. Some of The Essential Life's beauty experts found that, after using this mask, they were left with pink & slightly irritated skin. We found that, after removing the mask with warm water, if we cooled the skin down with a washcloth soaked in cold water, the pinkness went away & we were able to enjoy the benefits of this mask.

rice: $60 USD


Mahalo The PETAL Hydrating Mask

Why We Love It: This is the perfect mask for combination skin, or for overworked faces who need a lot of TLC. This ultra-nourishing skincare treatment draws out impurities from deep within your pores & drenches your skin in natural & organic moisturisers, leaving you with with beautifully hydrated & supple skin.

The secret to this ultra-nourishing mask lies in its blend of hydrsols & Essential Oils. The power of Rose Essential Oil softens & nourishes your skin to leave you with a juicy, glowing complexion.

Price: $95 USD


Stay tuned as we continue to share the best all-natural swaps to green-up your beauty routine. If you have a favourite all-natural beauty product, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us & let us know all about the natural beauty products you use in your beauty routine.

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