Best Anti-Aging Face Mask Ingredients

Face Mask Ingredients With Anti-Aging Benefits

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Face masks have long been having their moment from sheet masks, to liquid, to peel off. I was always kind of on the fence about them and actual facials as they felt very superficial and I never felt the benefits. But times and ingredients brands use have changed and companies are stepping up their game in a competitive market. After a long break from injectables, I couldn’t find anything that rivaled the results so my vanity had me going back, I’ve got the face mask bug too.

So how do you know which ones are right for your skin type? Specifically aging skin? Let me start by saying there’s no miracle mask that’s going to turn back time but heck yes, there are masks out there that will help reduce fine lines, pores, dehydrated skin, and dullness. Unavoidable aging (unless you’re Elizabeth Hurley who always looks perfect), the drying effect of weather or air con, damaging sun and pollution, lack of sleep and stress all work against us and create dull, blotchy, wrinkled skin-thanks mother nature! However, mother nature is also our best friend and natures medicine cabinet is incredible. 

The first thing you’re going to want to look into, after you’ve ensured it’s cruelty-free (because that’s what I’m all about) are the ingredients to help you determine which one is right for your skin. There are so many different kinds of ingredients and quality of ingredients but in good anti-aging masks you’ll find a lot of the same ones.

So after you’ve hydrated from the inside, you’re going to want to hydrate on the outside too, otherwise it doesn’t matter what you cover your face in, actual dehydration is going to cause those fine lines, so drink up. 

Facials and injectables aren’t possible for everyone, whether it’s time or finances. This is where facial masks are a quick answer as well as great for in between regular facials. But don’t think you’re one and done, the results are temporary and you need to do them as frequently as the directions on the mask suggest. I do mine twice a week, based on what my skin’s craving as it’s an easy nutrient delivery system. 

How is a face mask better than our regular moisturizer?

Face masks work better than our daily moisturizer for many reasons. The extended application time along with the inner warmth generated by your skin opens the pores and makes the penetration of nutrients into the skin more efficient as normally our skin has a natural protective barrier of fats that creates a nice smooth waterproof layer to keep the moisture in and foreign substances out. 

Some facials are also meant to exfoliate, clarify and unclog pores (my fave is Image Skincare I Mask purifying probiotic mask for the occasional pimple as it works fast as I’m super paranoid about spots when I get them), some facial masks contain antioxidants to protect against free radicals, others hydrate dry skin by holding water in the skin, making it softer and more flexible.

What anti-aging ingredients should you look for?

Common Ingredients to Look For:

1. Antioxidants: you know these work and to look for them but how do they work? These help nourish & strengthen your skin, reduce signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, correct uneven skin tones and revitalize your skin’s overall appearance. Antioxidants to look for include: Vit C, retinol/Vit A (be careful using these in the sun and always use SPF, preferably SPF 50), Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, resveratrol, Niacinamide, flavanoids, Poly-fee-nals (Polyphenals), Glutathione and Pepper Berry extract. All of these are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and skin conditioning properties, that support Vitamin C and collagen production.

2. Sensitive skin/gentler exfoliation: If you’re skins more sensitive you might want to look for gentler exfoliation methods such as jojoba beads which gently polish away dullness for improved texture, tightness and tone. They’re made from a liquid wax which is bio-degradable and sustainable. Worried it won’t be enough? Jojoba beads are still tough enough to remove dead skin cells but gentle enough not to harm the skin. Exfoliation prepares your skin to be able to better absorb all the benefits of your skincare products.

3. Hyaluronic Acid: everyone’s heard of this one. It works by helping your skin retain water as it retains less moisture as you age as well as helping to protect your skin, attract and hold moisture. 

4. Toners: I’m not talking about the product toners but astringent ingredients like rosewater, chamomile, and witch hazel which can help tighten pores and make your skin feel soft and smooth.

5. Green Tea: drink it, apply it, this wonder leaf helps reduce redness, fight free radicals & environmental stressors that contribute to aging.

6. Omega-3s: Fatty acids provide nourishment to your stressed, weather-beaten skin and help retain a plump and youthful appearance. Bring it on!

7. AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are great for dull skin as they help exfoliate dead skin cells which mean a brighter complexion. Some common AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and malic acid. Regular exfoliation can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve the clarity, tone and radiance of your complexion. 

8. Plant Stem Cells: This medical growth component helps repair skin; specifically collagen and elastin as well as proteins. As we age our collagen production decreases so this ingredient is in the spotlight right now. Some face masks that contain plant stem cells include:

The Eden Instant Lift Face Mask Is the Ultimate Wrinkle Reducer and Stem Cell Therapy Sheet Mask- Created By Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas – USA Made, cruelty-free, botanical based ingredients.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

9. Honey: A great natural anti-aging skin care product.Throughout centuries, legendary beauties like Cleopatra have used raw honey as part of their beauty regimes to keep them looking youthful. A natural healing agent that also contains antioxidants and flavonoids. Honey is also a great natural moisturizer for dry and parched skin; who knew? It’s not just yummy on toast!

How To Use Anti-Aging Masks

A lot of masks have similar instructions for use, but not all of them will be the same. Make sure to refer to the packaging that came with your mask for specific instructions.

Current Fave

The one I’m hooked on right now is Image Skincare I MASK firming transformation mask which comes with specific applicators that keep dirty fingers out of your product and stops product from getting under your nails. I’m all for keeping it clean. It claims to support the skin's ability to resist stress that causes visible signs of aging, energizes and invigorates dull skin, softens the look of lines, diminishes dullness and improves the look of texture, tightness and tone. What I like about this mask is that besides noticing it tightening and hydrating from the first use it’s also mess free which I wasn’t expecting considering the blue color! I haven’t found a peel off mask I like as I find them drying and I don’t like how they tug on my skin when I remove them, but hey, if you have a peel off mask that you feel doesn’t do this let me know. I love learning and trying new things in this fast changing space.

This mask also contains the key ingredients we talked about:

  • Anti-oxidant: Pepper Berry Extract

  • Gentle Exfoliator: Jojoba beads

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Plus: Purifying Volcanic clays, Kaolin and an Oxygenating complex

What’s your favorite anti-aging mask and why?

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary Image face masks but was not asked to do anything in return. All opinions are my own through my own testing.

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