Make everyday a spa day: the mask edit

Who else also masks practically everyday?

This probably isn't the best thing for my skin to mask so frequently, but I love using masks. I feel like they refresh my skin of all the impurities from a long day or prep my skin for makeup by removing those pesky sebum filaments that build up in my pores. I first started to use foundation in high school because I was really self-conscious about my acne and redness at my t-zone. However, the one thing I could never figure out was why my foundation was always so uneven and cakey. I wish I could've told high school me that taking care of your skin is the key to making foundation look like 2nd skin. 

So today, I want to give you guys a breakdown of all the masks that I have been loving at the moment and also share the reasons why I love each of them. Each of these masks are so unique and the best part is: they are all-natural, completely nontoxic, and cruelty-free. The trifecta.

Urb Apothecary Cacao Mousse Mask // $22

INGREDIENTS: Raw cacao powder*, kaolin clay, rose water*, witch hazel extract*, sandalwood essential*, leucidal {naturally derive preservative from the radish root}, and good energy

*organic ingredients

You can probably guess by now that Urb Apothecary is one of my favorite skincare brands. Leyna just makes incredible products that work really well with my skin type and this Cacao Mousse Mask is no different! 

The good:

  • Detoxifies pores and tones skin
  • Calms acne
  • Applies & washes off easily
  • Mousse texture gives it a bouncy feel upon application (if that makes any sense!)
  • Does not strip skin of moisture
  • Smells delicious (chocolate & roses)

The bad:

  • Causes redness

I picked this up at my local apothecary downtown for $22. However, usually this mask is $30. I think the one I have is the old formulation, which explains the lower price. The new formulation contains horse chestnut extract, licorice root extract, & cucumber peel extract in place of rosewater. I hope I will like that one as much as I like the one I currently have because I definitely want to repurchase this once I run out. 

 Antioxidant Mask - Cacao + Honey // $32

INGREDIENTS: Cacao Powder* Fuller Earth Clay, Manuka Honey, Raw Honey, Coconut Milk Powder*, White Willow Bark Powder, Rosehips Powder*, Argan Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Peppermint Oil*, Spearmint Oil*

*Certified Organic

This Antioxidant Mask is from Birchrose + Co. Clay & cacao are a good combo. I got this mask in my Art of Organics box last month and I am so happy I was able to try it. Birchrose + Co is another brand that I tried out when I first started to curate my skincare to organic beauty products. I've been wanting to try out more of their products ever since.

The good:

  • Leaves my skin feeling smooth, nourished & supple
  • Cleans the skin (manuka honey is a great antibacterial) 
  • Has a minty, earthy smell that is not off-putting
  •  Soothes redness at my t-zone
  • Washes off easily (with warm water)

The bad: 

  • Can be a bit messy
  • Pills upon application & I have to use a lot of product to cover my entire face
  • No visible reduction in acne

I find myself reaching for this mask quite often because it does not dry out my skin and is so soothing for my irritated skin. Having cystic acne can be both painful and itchy due to the inflammation. This mask really helps calm that down. One thing to note is that this mask is an oil/liquid, so it does not dry. It also leaves a bit of an oil-like film when I wash it off, but that feeling disappears once I dry my face. I'm honestly not sure if I will repurchase this since I did not see really noticeable improvements to my skin.

Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask // $32

INGREDIENTS: Organic Hawaiian raw honey, organic Hawaiian spirulina (Spirulina Maxima), pure organic chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris), french green clay, pure sea clay, luminess algae, organic sea buckthorn CO2 (Hippophae Rhamnoides), vanilla CO2 (Vanilla Planifolia), essential oils of: (organic orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), moroccan chamomile (Tanacetum annuum ), roman chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), bee balm (Monarda fistulosa), geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), ylang ylang (Canaga Odorata), rose (Rose Damascena), white lotus flower absolute (Nelumbo Nucifera), beeswax absolute (Apies millifera), coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), and LOVE.

I saved the best for last! I picked up this mask at the Moon Juice Shop in West Hollywood during my trip to LA in April. I had my eye on this Leahlani mask for a while, but held it off for a long time because ordering online can be such a pain sometimes. I had to seize the opportunity when I found this. 

The good:

  • Brightens, softens, & purifies
  • Smells really sweet (think fruity)
  • Improves skin tone & diminishes redness
  • Does not cause breakouts or irritation

The bad: 

  • Does not spread easily

I don't have many issues with this mask. I really love it because it's like a green smoothie for your face. The first time I tried this mask, I used it wrong. I didn't mix it so the texture was really stiff and hard to spread. Once I mixed it, it turned into a smooth liquid mixture. The easiest way to apply the Mermaid Mask is to first wet your face and smooth it on. A thin layer is all you need. Like the Birchrose+Co mask, it does not dry like a traditional clay mask. Everytime I use this mask, I swear my skin glows! This powerful green mask has definitely become a staple in my skincare arsenal.

Until next time, Megan.