Taking care of your skin is vital for staying healthy and young-looking!
Your skin is exposed to massive amounts of toxins, pollutants, radiation, and harmful chemicals all day long. Even being in bed doesn’t mean you’re safe—your skin comes in contact with dust, allergens, pollen, dirt, and dead skin cells on your pillow while you sleep.
It’s vital that you take care of your skin in order to keep it from aging. Proper skincare will provide your skin with the nutrients that protect it from damage, replenish moisture, and help increase the production of collagen and elastin.
Facial skin is very delicate, and will require more thorough care than the rest of your body. Moisturizing creams, eye serums, and balms can all help to improve skin health, but it’s facial masks that really get the job done!
Facial masks keep your skin moist, remove excess dead skin cells and sebum (skin oil), and provide an added layer of protection to keep out harmful toxins and radiation.
Below are a few of our favorite facial masks to help you hydrate and rejuvenate your skin:
Volcanic clay (or volcanic ash) is often used for facial masks. Also known as sodium bentonite clay, it’s mixed with water and applied to the face to offer a number of amazing benefits.
Not only does the ash help to absorb excessive skin oil, but it can prevent the buildup of oil and dead skin cells that cause acne. It can treat open pores and keep dust and dirt away from your skin, reducing your risk of pimple breakouts and blackheads.
The active enzymes in volcanic clay can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age lines. It’s typically used in anti-aging products, thanks to its ability to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. It can even refresh dull, dry skin, giving it much better color, firmness, and texture.
It’s known to pull toxins from your skin, restore elasticity, and improve circulation, making it one of the best ingredients to use in your facial masks!
Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients you can use in your face mask, thanks largely to the fact that it’s a vitamin needed for your body to produce collagen. As you know, collagen is the nutrient that keeps your skin fresh and firm, and without it your skin begins to wrinkle and sag. Well, you can get natural collagen from the food you eat, but in order to produce enough collagen to keep your skin healthy, your body needs more Vitamin C.
Vitamin C also acts as a detoxifying agent that eliminates free radicals, toxins, and damage caused by UV radiation. It can even brighten your complexion, reduce aging signs, and restore the natural moisture barrier than protects your skin.
There’s no doubt that Vitamin C is amazing for your skin!
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Green tea is another antioxidant-rich ingredient that makes for an amazing addition to your face masks. Green tea contains EGCG and other polyphenols that are potent antioxidants, which can fight free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to your skin. They can even repair DNA damage caused by UV rays, protecting your skin from skin cancer.
Green tea also fights premature skin aging, and it can rejuvenate dying skin cells. It’s rich in Vitamin B2, which can help to maintain proper collagen levels in your skin and keep it fresh and firm.
It’s a known anti-inflammatory that can reduce swelling and irritation, as well as redness, burns, and even minor cuts. It’s an amazing topical treatment for acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and dermatitis, and it’s amazing at moisturizing your skin!
Aloe vera is one of those ingredients that we’re all familiar with for skincare! It’s loaded with antioxidants that can rejuvenate your skin, along with Vitamin C to boost collagen production and anti-inflammatory properties that will make it effective at reducing swelling and irritation.
But its main benefit lies in its ability to exfoliate your skin. Aloe vera contains special enzymes that act as potent exfoliators, drawing dirt, grime, and dead skin cells away from your skin. You’ll find that it does an amazing job of leaving your skin fresh, clear, and clean.
Aloe vera is particularly effective at treating acne. It can be used in tandem with an anti-acne medication or on its own, but it’s very good at dealing with mild to moderate cases of acne thanks to its high enzyme content and their ability to remove dead skin cells from your face. With no dead skin cells to mingle with your excess skin oil, there’s a much lower risk of clogged pores and thus a lower risk of pimples forming.
These ingredients all make for amazing face masks, with options you can both DIY at home and find ready-made in stores. If you want a clean, healthy face, these are the natural facial masks you want!
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