What Should I Mix My Mask With?

by Hillary Tijerina

When using a powered mask it provides you the chance to tailor the mask to your skin. Our skin is an organ and so many different things influence it (our stress, hydration status, what we have been eating, if we have been sleeping, and the list goes on and on). Our skin ebbs and flows! You know your skin better than anyone else so here is your chance to be in control and listen to your skin so you can give back to your skin! Play with them, mix, match - get creative! 


Here are some ideas of liquid activators that you can tailor to you and where your skin is at the moment. 


Normal/Dry Skin

For dry skin types, don’t wear your mask for more than 15 minutes. If your mask is drying out quickly (which in those winter months is more common) you can spritz your face with a hydrosol to keep moist. 

  • Water 
  • Aloe vera juice - make sure to get in a liquid form or fresh aloe; avoid in gel  form (gel often  has additives).
  • Coconut milk or coconut water - coconut milk/water is hydrating to the skin
  • Chamomile tea - brew a cup, use what you need for the mask then sip and enjoy the rest while wearing the mask!
  • Rose water - Has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. (Even though it is a mild astringent and has antibacterial benefits it typically can be used even with those with sensitive skin. It also smells amazing!) 
  • Favorite hydrosol - cucumber, lavender, chamomile, etc.
  • Yogurt - contains lactic acid which is a great non-abrasive exfoliant (use coconut kefir if vegan)
  • Honey - natural humectant aka moisturizing (avoid if you have pollen allergy) 
  • Oil - almond, apricot, grapeseed, jojoba, olive, pomegranate seed, melted coconut - the list goes on and on

 

Combination Skin: 

  • Water
  • Soy milk - Has antioxidant compounds known as isoflavones, which may play an important role in reducing the appearance of skin aging.
  • Green tea -  Has natural catechins (antioxidants). Brew a cup and use what you need and then enjoy the rest- but don’t forget it has caffeine!

Oily and/or Acne Prone Skin: 

  • Water
  • Green tea -  Has natural catechins (antioxidants). Brew a cup and use what you need and then enjoy the rest- but don’t forget it has caffeine!
  • Witch hazel - relieves inflammation and tightens pores
  • Apple cider vinegar - Contains malic acid which is a great nonabrasive exfoliant and astringent (make sure to dilute 1 part ACV to 2 parts water)

Remember that at the end of the day, you are the one person that knows your skin the best. Play with the different options. Your skin is always responding, adapting, and changing to the environment, season, diet, lifestyle patterns, and so much more! 


Let us know what you decided to use! What you are loving as combos!