WHY POWDER MASKS ARE HAVING A MOMENT RIGHT NOW
It may seem like a trend thing, but it's actually a because-it-really-works thing.
If you’re not a big fan of masking because after you remove your mask you’re always like, “did this actually do anything?” you should try a powder mask. You have to mix it yourself, in a bowl or in the palm of your hand, which means it can get everywhere. That said, this isn’t your in-and-out, pre-shower mask, but it’s perfect for those me-time Saturday nights. Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something ritual-esque about mixing up your own mask that makes it all seem that much more luxurious. Not only that but powder masks actually deliver lasting results; they’re gentle, but potent (so yes, they’re worth making a mess for). We love our sheet masks for the instant gratification factor, but if it’s hardcore, long-term results you’re after, either one of Green Labatorium’s clay masks will be your new MO.
Clay-based masks are great for oily skin in general, but with a powder mask, there’s the added bonus of the freshness factor + longer shelf life. Here’s the thing: most other masks out there have already been mixed and so all the active ingredients have blended together. With a powder mask, the active ingredients get activated when you choose to activate them – with water or oil or toner or serum, etcetera. This allows the formula to stay stable much longer than liquid emulsions, which means none of the ingredients have had time to oxidize, so no parabens or nasty preservatives necessary. Always a plus. This is why powdered masks are so effective.
Depending on your skin concern or type, you are free to mix your powder with whatever base you want. Not sure where to start? Here are a few pointers: if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you can try adding in a natural astringent like raw apple cider vinegar. If your skin is the opposite and can use the extra hydration, try mixing your powder with an oil or a moisturizing serum. If you have sensitive skin, just keep it basic and go for distilled water.
The two masks you should try
BLACK CLAY MASK
What it does: Cleans, detoxifies, fights free radicals with activated charcoal, dead sea clay, vitamin C.
Works for: Anyone with oily or blemish-prone skin.
How to use: Take a small amount of the powder into the cup of your hand or a small bowl and rehydrate with warm water or oil to form a thick paste. Apply a thin layer on the face and neck using your fingers or a soft brush if you’re fancy like that. And yes, it does go on pitch black so maybe warn your BF/GF beforehand. Once applied let the mask sit for a good 15-20 minutes, enough time for the charcoal to increase blood circulation, which draws any toxins out of your skin. Once you rinse, you may notice that your face has gone red (however ours did not). This is okay, just means the mask has done its job. It’ll go away within an hour.
It’s also perfect to use as a spot treatment, too. Just dip a damp cotton swab into the jar and then dab the treatment directly onto any breakouts you may have. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes; then, clean the spot with a toner.
GREEN CLAY MASK
What it does: Cleans, tones, and purifies the skin with french green clay, green tea powder while aloe vera works to soothe the skin.
Works for: Everybody!
How to use: Same as above. Mix your powder with warm water or oil (we like to mix this one with their Edelweiss Toner, which is amazing for fighting inflammation, fine wrinkles, and creating a healthy acidic barrier for your skin) in a small bowl. It should form a thick paste and you want to apply a generous layer on the face. If you have extra always bring the rest down onto your neck.
Fair warning: these masks come in small 30ml jars. It may not seem like a lot, but a little goes a very long way.
Have you’ve tried anything from Green Labatorium? Let us know in the comments section below! As always, we’ve curated a special edit below full of all products mentioned! Have fun perusing!
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