If you are at the same critical stage in life as I am, where you value coziness and unlimited free snacks rather than paying $12 per drink on top of a cover charge, then it sounds like you’re kickin’ it at home this year. To help you get in the Halloween spirit, I rounded up a few face masks with some not-so-ordinary ingredients for you to sit in while you consume copious amounts of mini-sized candy bars you bought for trick-or-treaters.
Snail Jelly Mask – Snail secretion has been used for centuries, especially in countries like South Korea, where culture views youthfulness as extremely important. While this ingredient may not sound as an appealing ingredient to slather on your face, it is said to drastically help with anti-aging, tissue repair, acne, rosacea and scarring. Using the power of snail secretion to repair skin and lock in moisture, it also contains powerful ingredients including hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, collagen, elastin and other vitamins and nutrient such as vitamin A, C and E which are great for balancing skin tone and texture.
Rodial Dragon’s Hyaluronic Mask – You might be asking yourself, what the hell is Dragon’s blood because I am too. No, it’s not the blood of a mythical creature slayed by knights in shining armor, it’s actually sap taken from an Amazonian tree that helps regenerate and alleviate redness while boosting blood circulation. Packed with hyaluronic acid, this mask brightens and firms for a younger looking complexion providing a plumping effect to fill in deep wrinkles, creases and lines. This mask is recommended for more mature skin however, Kim Kardashian-West swears by this ingredient to help plump her lips.
Miss Spa Bee Venom Face Mask – Bee venom is actually known as a natural alternative to botox. The venom stimulates facial muscles for a natural anti-aging effect by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with powerful ingredients straight from the hive, this natural silk mask targets loss of skin firmness using royal jelly protein and bee venom to improve skin texture and bring liveliness back to a dull complexion.
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum Mask – While this mask does not contain actual snake venom, it does have dipeptides that were inspired by the potent effects of the venom from a Temple Viper, a venomous species native to South East Asia. This innovative black “peel-off” formula also includes amino acids and licorice to brighten skin tone, deep cleanse and purify pores of excess dirt and oil.
Imselene Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask – It seems like in today’s age everyone is lactose intolerant or against animal milks. I personally have switched to Almond milk for the health benefits and my boyfriend happens to be lactose intolerant but who would think to include donkey milk in skincare? The brand, Imselene sure has. It seems like this mask is no longer sold in the US, only through certain subscription boxes like Memebox but I thought this mask was so unique, I had to include it! The historical use of donkey milk is to use it fermented because the fermentation process produces lactic acid which is a proven exfoliant with skin renewing properties. I have seen some negative reviews about the texture and consistency of this mask being stringy and more gel-like than a mask should be but if I could get my hands on a container, I would definitely try this one out.
Seoul Mamas Revitalizing Mask – When caviar comes to mind, most think of a luxurious meal served in 5 star restaurants most of us couldn’t even dream of being able to afford. While we may not have the money or desire to eat fish eggs, putting it in our skincare is a whole other story. Seoul Mamas has created a mask containing caviar extract, high in vitamins and minerals proven to prevent dullness without drying out the skin. Apple and wild cherry extracts help this super star ingredient to reduce dark spots and retain moisture.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Face Mask – Mushrooms are considered super foods for their richness in nutrients. They have been used in skincare for centuries originating from traditional Chinese medicine. This mask combines the nutrients of a red kidney-shaped fungi known as the Reishi mushroom with Sea Buckthorn and fermented Chaga to restore the skin’s resilience and alleviate redness. It’s creamy consistency helps calm and soothe irritated skin for a healthy-looking glow.
Let me know in the comments what your Halloween plans are and if you’re staying in, which mask would you want to try and which one sounds a bit too out there to put on your face.