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February 18, 2018

by Alyssa

10 Best Non-Toxic Face Masks

Looking for a non-toxic face mask? Here are the 10 best non-toxic face masks to try! Each has a different benefit, so there's something for everyone!

the 10 best non-toxic face masks

One of my things that I value most, and that I find most rewarding when it comes to self-care has to do with doing something special for my skin. I have a daily skincare routine (morning and night) which I will talk about in a future Self Care Sunday post, but one of my favorite things has to be non-toxic face masks.

What I love about face masks, aside from the fact they're amazing for your skin, is that it's the budget girl's alternative to getting a facial. Facials are expensive, and while I definitely feel like they're worth it, it's not something I can personally afford to do on a monthly basis.

Face masks on the other hand? I can do that 2x a week, at home, on the couch, and I'll feel awesome after.

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In the past few years, I have become somewhat obsessed with non-toxic skincare and makeup products, so it's no surprise that I've tried a bazillion different face masks. And since I know the aisle of a natural beauty store can get a little overwhelming, I thought it would be fun to round up what I think are the 10 best non-toxic face masks!

One thing to keep in mind as we're going through the list is that each mask has a different purpose. Some are cleansing and detoxifying, while others are meant to hydrate, and others still are meant brighten.

That's why I actually have an arsenal of face masks at home that I can choose from based on what I feel like my skin needs at the time. I'll let you know which ones are currently in my bathroom cabinet (marked with a *)!

So let's get started!

10 Best Non-Toxic Face Masks

beautycounter purifying charcoal mask

1. Balancing Facial Mask from Beautycounter*

Skin Types: all types, especially congested & oily

Benefits: absorbs excess oil, draws out impurities, minimizes appearance of pores, makes skin look smooth and refined

Price Point: $$ ($48)

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andalou naturals pumpkin glycolic mask

2. Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Andalou Naturals*

Skin Type: Normal & combination

Benefits: gently dissolves and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous glow

Price Point: $ ($13)

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matcha reserve matcha mud mask

3. Matcha Mud Mask from Matcha Reserve*

Skin Type: all types

Benefits: and energizes skin and exfoliates gently and naturally, giving skin a fresh new glow. Continual use increases radiance, softness, and a renewed appearance.

Price Point: $$ ($45 <– use code “simplyquinoa” for 15% off)
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herbivore botanicals brighten face mask

4. Brighten Facial Mask from Herbivore Botanicals*

Skin Type: all types

Benefits: and energizes skin and exfoliates gently and naturally, giving skin a fresh new glow. Continual use increases radiance, softness, and a renewed appearance.

Price Point: $$ ($48)

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Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask5. Resurfacing Mask from Tata Harper*

Skin Type: all types

Benefits: works as a nearly instant solution for dull skin by helping to minimize pores, improving texture, purifying and removing surface debris, leaving the skin feeling smooth, looking fresh, and absolutely glowing.

Price Point: $$$ ($58)

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Mahalo Rose Petal Hydrating Mask

6. Petal Mask from Mahalo

Skin Type: all types

Benefits: brightens, revitalizes and tones skin while also adding tons of moisture for a plump, glowing appearance. Also gently removes dead skin and stimulates cellular renewal helping to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Price Point: $$$ ($95)

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OSEA Malibu Red Algae Mask7. Red Algae Mask from OSEA Malibu

Skin Type: all types, especially blemish prone

Benefits: the red clay purifies and decongests pores while the algae deeply hydrates and firms skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Price Point: $$ ($48)

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Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Face Mask

8. Blue Tansy Mask from Herbivore

Skin Type: all types, especially blemish prone

Benefits: a natural clarifying and cooling gel that helps smooth the skin. Powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients combine with potent fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate and decongest pores.

Price Point: $$ ($48)

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics Detox Face Mask9. Detox Face Mask from Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Skin Type: oily, breakout prone

Benefits: contains powerful detoxifying properties for breakouts, combined with calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help calm red or congested skin.

Price Point: $$$ ($60)

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Acure Brilliantly Brightening Face Mask

10. Brilliantly Brightening Face Mask from Acure

Skin Type: all

Benefits: stimulates cell rejuvenation, while also drawing out impurities and gently hydrating with light oil moisture.

Price Point: $ ($12)

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Face Mask FAQs

1. How often should you do a face mask?

This depends on the product, but I don't do more than 2 face masks per week. I have somewhat sensitive skin that is on the drier side, so too many masks is just too much for my skin. I would make sure you read the instructions for each product as it will also tell you how long to leave the mask on.

2. What time of day should you do a face mask? 

That's up to you and when you have time/when you'll feel the most relaxed! I love doing them at night during the week as a way to wind down, and often do them mid-morning on a lazy weekend morning before we head out for the day. I don't really think there's a “right” time ♡

3. How do you know when something is “non-toxic”?

Again, kind of a tricky question to ask, but here's what I do. Just as I do with food, I look at the labels Most (if not all) of the ingredients need to be something that I recognize and coming from a plant-source. I also make sure the product is free from animal testing, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, SLS, etc. Any of those harmful toxins you hear about in skincare are NOT in my products!

Now it's YOUR turn!

What's your favorite face mask? Would love to discover some more products if you have one that I didn't' mention in this list. And if you have any face mask questions for me, share in the comments below!


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About Alyssa

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