An Estheticians Guide: 3 Masks to Combat Oily Skin

I am a total masking advocate, who personally masks at least 3x a week. Masking your skin is like supplementing your skin. Whatever it may be going through you can help to fix and heal with the right mask. I like to think of masks like a nutrient dense smoothie or yummy green juice- we know they are good for us so we drink them. They nourish our bodies and give us nutrients we might otherwise miss in our regular diets. Masks work very similarly, they are highly concentrated, nutrient dense treatments that literally feed your skin with ingredients that promote balance- and when skin is IN balance all seems right in the world.

All skin types can benefit from a masking regimen, as long as the right mask is being used. Oily skin types are a result of an imbalance in the skin where the skin is producing too much oil on its own. Oily skin types often come with a plethora of other skin issues as well which include:

  • uneven, rough texture
  • breakouts
  • blackheads and or whiteheads
  • large pores

The correct mask, when used regularly can help to eliminate these skin issues and bring balance back to the skin, which allows your skin to function at its most optimal level. Here are the top 3 non-toxic masks I recommend to clients, use in the treatment room, as well as regularly use on myself for oily skin and all of the skin ailments that come along with it. Happy Masking!

Resurfacing Mask by Tata Harper $58 

This BHA based mask is my holy grail you guys. It is 100% natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan and most importantly IT WORKS. The jelly like texture of this mask glides onto skin and dries comfortably clear. It smells clinical and fruity at the same time and can be used in a variety of different ways (which I LOVE). This mask delivers an instant glow to this skin that you will notice immediately after the first use and gives the skin “peel” like results without any of the downtime.

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe 
  • Willow Bark Extract
  • Pomegranate Enzymes 
  • French Pink Clay 

The french pink clay in this mask aids in drawing out impurities and the pomegranate enzymes gently chomp away and digest dead surface skin. The aloe helps to soothe the skin throughout this process and keeps it nice and hydrated. The reason this mask works so well for oily skin types though is because of the high concentration of Beta Hydroxy Acid in the formula which is derived from willow bark. Beta Hydroxy Acid = Salicylic Acid and salicylic acid is the ONLY acid that can actually penetrate oil which makes it “lipophilic”, all other acids like glycolic or lactic for example only work on the surface layers of the skin. The bha gets deep into the pores clearing them out which helps to regulate oil production and gets rid of congestion & breakouts leaving you with smooth, glowing, radiant skin. To use this mask begin with clean skin and leave on anywhere from 10-30 minutes and rinse. You can also sleep in this mask overnight, I do this for 2-3 days in a row whenever my skin is out of balance and I swear by this technique. It promotes a total skin reset, heals acne, regulates oil production, and leaves behind baby soft skin. You can also use it to spot treat specific areas or on a deep blemish to promote rapid healing. Learn more here.

Love + Charcoal Mask by One Love Organics $49

One Love Organics is at the top of my most loved brands list and their newest launch does not disappoint. This activated charcoal based mask deeply detoxifies and purifies while leaving skin feeling surprisingly moisturized after use. Most charcoal based masks are very harsh on the skin and can worsen many skin conditions by drying out the skin. However, One Love Organics has found a way to incorporate the purifying properties of activated charcoal into a treatment that not only balances oil production but helps to repair the skin barrier, hydrate, and fight aging.

Key Ingredients:

  • Activated Charcoal  
  • Cupuacu Butter 
  • Alpine Rose 
  • Rose Clay 

The gorgeous grey shade of this gel textured mask is super cooling on the skin and unlike other charcoal based masks does not tighten and dry up on the skin. The cupuacu butter is rich in essential fatty acids to help plump and hydrate the skin- preventing premature aging. The alpine rose softens the skin while boosting collagen production and strengthening the skins barrier. Skin barrier function is an important thing to address when trying to balance the skin. When the barrier is compromised that is when we start to see and experience issues like over production of oil and acne. Addressing this is a key component in treating and maintaining the health of your skin. Rose clay will absorb excess oil and the activated charcoal will deeply purge the pores leaving your with super smooth skin. Since oily skin types usually experience larger pore sizes, especially in the t-zone, this mask is amazing to combat and minimize their appearance. Keeping them clean and clear will help to keep them from getting larger and makes them a LOT less noticeable.  This mask is 98.6% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and EcoCert certified. To use apply a thick even layer on clean skin and leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse clean. You can also use this to spot treat certain areas that are especially congested or blemished. Learn more here.

Eternal Reign Detoxyfing Mask by Ranavat Botanics $65

This superfood based mask has a nutrient rich and complex ingredient deck so good I almost want to blend it into my daily smoothies. Eternal Reign is a powdered mask, say what? Yes, powder. This is extra special because this allows for the mask to stay fresh and potent activated only when you choose to mix up a fresh batch. You can use any type of liquid to activate this mask like coconut water, rose water, your favorite hydrating mist, or just normal water- the possibilities are truly endless with this mask. You can customize it according to what your skin needs which will vary from week to week. This mask is 100% natural, non-toxic, cruelty-free, MadeSafe certified.

Key Ingredients:

  • French Green Clay 
  • Manuka Honey
  • Moringa
  • Spirulina
  • Vitamin C 

The french green clay in this mask draws out and absorbs excess oil  from the skin while the manuka honey moisturizes and rids the skin of bacteria which will help heal any existing blemishes. Moringa is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich which will bring life back to skin as well as soothe any inflamed areas. Spirulina is currently my favorite superfood to use in my daily smoothies so that fact that it is part of this formula makes me so freakin HAPPY! Spirulina is an amazing detoxifier for the body and when topically applied the list of benefits is long. Spirulina helps the skin speed up cellular turnover which keeps pores clean and skin clear. Spirulina is packed with antioxidants too that fight free radical damage. The topical vitamin C powder in this blend evens out skin tone & texture while brightening the overall complexion, yes please! To use mix one scoop of the powder (spoon is included with the mask) into a bowl and add in your liquid of choice. Mix until you get a velvety mousse like texture and apply to face. Let mask set for 10-20 minutes and rinse clean. Learn more here.

I hope this guide helps you in navigating the millions of mask options on the market today and enables you to make the best choice to help keep oil production in check, pores invisible, and skin complelty glowing.


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