Perform: Once or twice a week
What you'll need: A ready-made mask or a bowl, a brush, manuka honey, tea and other ingredients of your choosing
Duration: 10 minutes to an hour
The winter months call for exfoliation, hydration and healing. There are plenty of premade masks to address these needs, but you can also blend your own. A great base is the all-powerful and healing manuka honey. Moisturizing, cleansing, exfoliating and a natural anti- bacterial, this star ingredient is a beauty hero. Add to that any number of ingredients tailored to your needs, and you can’t go wrong, so alchemize away. Here’s our mini guide to making masks:
Add 2 tablespoons manuka honey to a small mixing bowl. Brew some green tea or matcha or, for very sensitive skin, try chamomile. Slowly add about 1 teaspoon of the tea and stir to combine. Be careful not to overthin the mask. Then, pick and choose from the ingredients below to create your custom mask. Blend together, brush onto your freshly cleaned skin and take a rest. This is also a great time to take a bath. The humidity will further activate the honey. Leave on your face for 10 minutes or longer (you can leave it on up to 45 minutes if you wish). Then, rinse with warm to cool water, and gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Follow with an oil or moisturizer of your choice, but keep it simple. This is not the time for your most active and intense products (think Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil or Kahina's Argan Oil). Your skin is fresh and clean. Let it be, and enjoy its luster.
Here are the mix-ins for winter masks:
Tocotrienols. This rice-bran soluble powder is light and airy, and it’s packed with bioavailable vitamins D and E. If you live in a northern climate, your skin is most likely lacking vitamin D. Feed yourself. Mix 1 tablespoon into your base for a nutrient rich mask.
Algae. Chlorella, spirulina and e3Live are three nutritional powerhouses that deliver chlorophyll and oxygenate the skin. Look for single ingredient powders or a blend. e3Live also comes as a frozen liquid. If you’re using this form, thaw slightly and pour a teaspoon or so off the top and blend with your mask. Otherwise, simply add a teaspoon or so of powder. Your mask will turn a satisfying shade of deep green and will mineralize and alkalize your skin.
Shea Butter. Richly hydrating and emollient, this old school and high hippie ingredient takes on even the most severely dry skin. When you’re really parched, this is the ingredient to add. Straight from the jar, Shea Butter is almost solid and difficult to incorporate. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, and, using clean hands, warm until soft. Add this into your bowl and continue to blend. Then, reap the riches.
Matcha. Any chance we have to use matcha, we use it. Even on the skin. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, this Japanese delicacy translates perfectly to the face by encouraging a reduction in inflammation and evening out skin tone. Teatime for your skin.
Prefer to skip the DIY and go for a ready made mask? Our top picks for deep cleansing and intense moisture below.
Cacao cleanse. This antioxidant packed mask deeply detoxifies the skin while feeding it with plant nutrition and boosting collagen production for the ultimate glow. Cacao stimulates circulation and assists in the delivery of nutrients from this treatment’s team of healing botanicals, supporting the skin’s natural ability to heal itself.
Supple clear skin is on the horizon. A calming treatment for skin out of balance, this perfecting mask clears skin of congestion with gently exfoliating enzymes. Redness and sebum are reduced so overall clarity may rise to its highest power.
This mask is truly a multi-tasking wonder. Kaolin clay deep cleans to remove impurities gently without stripping the skin. Copaiba, which hails from the depths of the Amazonian rainforest, is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories. It also helps to detox the skin and calm down any irritations. As a finishing touch, Pink Pomelo renews and refines the complexion, helping skin bring new cells to the surface, resulting in dazzling radiance. Sit back and relax and let this mask do all the dirty work for you.
The Glow Philtre treatment mask blends refining pomegranate pith enzymes, softening thalassic extracts of sea fennel stem cells & sea algae, with ultra hydrating silver ear mushroom to revitalize skin’s surface. Use as a hydrating exfoliation pre-makeup or as a weekly indulgence to maintain clear pores, smooth texture, and a vibrant luminosity.
Deliver nutrients and hydration on high. With its focus on barrier function, environmental protection and DNA methylation, this mask blends a force of micronutrients to support vital processes and awaken health at skin’s surface. A total skin reset born from the intersection of nature and science.
An overnight miracle. Greet the day with touchable soft, supple, and hydrated skin courtesy of the skin oracle that is Tata Harper. The proprietary Moisture Molecule Complex found in this delectably rich mask deeply replenishes skin with moisture while your body rests and repairs during sleep. Biocompatible Hyaluronic Acid, derived from fermented root vegetables, is a powerful water binding ingredient capable of holding up to 1000x its weight in water, ensuring that dehydration and dry skin are a thing of the past. Smoothe over skin as an overnight treatment or during the day for ten minutes to see skin come alive and glow with restored luminosity.
This deep green mask with its sticky sweet texture, delicate scent and earth-born powerful actives is exactly the kind of product that makes us so madly in love with natural beauty. French green clay is renowned for its unique mineral composition and detoxifying properties. Add to that the gifts of the hive (in this case, raw Pupukea honey, royal jelly and propolis), and this gorgeous mask becomes a major anti-aging force, enhancing collagen production and hydrating and softening the skin. Blue green algae used topically helps to renew and supply the building blocks of cells; the amino acids that make up proteins. Honey Girl’s Rejuvenating Mask supports the healthy lifecycle of skin cells and is good for all skin types. This mask is a heavenly cocktail straight from Mother Earth. Mahalo, Honey Girl.