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Face-masks and fragrances
Skin Talk

Face-masks and fragrances

Wednesday, 02 September

“What we need to realise is the benefits of a watermelon sleep mask infused with banana may hydrate, brighten and decongest with some of its ingredients but the synthetic fragrance is very toxic.”

I am sure I am not alone when I say face-masks are my absolute favourite. They are not only beneficial for our skin, but they are also so psychologically rewarding. Most would agree the zen-like feeling of going through a facial transformation is truly invigorating. My only bone to pick would be the mistake that most people make when they purchase face masks with perfume or fragrance in them.

In this day and age consumers are overwhelmed with choice and variety of skincare products. In particular, I find the excitement of buying a face mask can turn daunting, overwhelming and just outright confusing.

“Hydrating”, “cooling”, “Anti-Ageing”, “detoxifying”, “gold”, “diamonds”, “charcoal” and “snake venom”. I think the categorisation of face masks is about as far as most people look.

We grab the pretty sachet, flip it around and look at the ingredients. To many, they mostly read in a foreign language but we recognise a couple of words like “aqua” or “oil” and “extract”.

Do we stand in the crowded shop and google every ingredient and its pros and cons in between hundreds of “Excuse me’s”? No. We just head to the counter with a shrug. We just want to get this ball rolling.

Fragrances reel us in because they smell so darn good! They smell a lot yummier than the scents that are extracted from nature, but they are also irritating to our skin. What we need to realise is the benefits of a watermelon sleep mask infused with banana may hydrate, brighten and decongest with some of its ingredients but the synthetic fragrance is very toxic. It’s the same concept as popping deep fried potato scallops on a kale, quinoa and lentil salad … pointless right?

Don’t feel overwhelmed and ditch the facemask thinking it’s bad for you because it’s certainly not! Facemasks are heavenly and there are some beautiful trending ingredients in natural facemasks that will make your skin healthy and worthwhile. Sea minerals, bukuchiol (naturally derived retinol), vitamin c and grapeseed oil are fantastic for face masks and contain no hidden nasties and are highly recommended!

Kris xx

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