Each month, model, art director and clean beauty buff Braina Laviena will be sharing her musings on skincare, ingredients, and everything in between. So far, she shared her non-toxic makeup favorites and products she's used to the very last drop. This month, she's sharing the clean, effective face masks she swears by that actually deliver results without irritating her sensitive skin.
Lesse Bioactive Masque
This bioactive mask uses charcoal as its formula base (which took three years to hone) to detoxify, while simultaneously infusing your skin with vitamins. It’s perfect for delicate skin, as it boasts a long list of calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients, like aloe, melaleuca, calendula, chamomile, and maca powder, amongst others. The gel texture is slightly tingly upon application, then feels refreshing. Remove it with a warm washcloth and reveal skin that is instantly brighter and smoother. With repeated use it helps with hyperpigmentation and acne marks. This mask has quickly become a staple in my weekly routine because, simply put, it trulydelivers and is truly unlike any other mask formula I’ve used before.
This is the perfect mask for when you have stress- or hormonal-induced breakouts. The clay-based mask is from zero-waste company LOLI and powered by dragon fruit, which is packed with vitamin C to restore and brighten skin. The food grade powder form helps maintain stability in the vitamin C, which is activated when you mix it with water. Paired with colloidal oat, crushed rose petals and Australian pink clay, it calms and balances redness while reviving dull, flaky or inflamed skin. For me, it became a quick go to for that time of the month and the hormonal breakouts that accompany it, but I regularly also use it as a spot treatment.
African Botanics Resurfacing Mask
The best way I can describe how this mask is a facial in a bottle. The combination of acids and enzymes really get to work instantly to smooth fine lines and minimize pores, while hydrating and brightening skin tone. It’s the perfect reset for tired skin. If your skin is very sensitive, leave it on for only five minutes. This is perfect to reset your skin every couple of weeks to revive dullness if you can’t make it to a facial.
The best way to get that lit-from-within glow? Use this mask before doing your makeup to prep your skin. Powered by lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, and red Moroccan clay, this mask instantly reduces the appearance of pores, detoxifies and leaves your skin with a visible glow—not to mention, the amazing, calming geranium scent lingers pleasantly on your skin.
Golde’s anti-pollution mask speaks for itself. With a surprising only four (!) ingredients, it’s a superfood- and antioxidant-packed food grade green juice for your face; it detoxes while promoting cell repair and renewal without drying out your skin. It’s truly the perfect mask to avoid those pesky post-travel breakouts, or for city dwellers who deal with acne caused by environmental stressors, like pollution. When mixed with water, this becomes a thick gel that dries to an almost tissue paper texture; wash off with warm water and your skin will feel instantly softer.
This mask is the quickest pick-me-up for your skin. Is your skin so sensitive that you can’t use most common acids? Enter: fruit enzymes! The papaya fruit extract (a natural exfoliator) and lucuma fruit powder (an anti-inflammatory and more) in this mask create the perfect amount of gentle-yet-effective exfoliation for even the most sensitive skin types. If your skin is very sensitive, wash it off after no more than five minutes and it will be noticeably brighter and smoother. With continued use, it not only help prevent breakouts from clogged pores, but will also help fade acne spots, scars and sun damage.
If your skin is looking dull and tired, slap this one on and wake up with brighter, softer, more moisturized skin. It’s science powered and full of antioxidants to fight aging, alpha-glucan yeast to reinforce your skin’s natural detoxing processes, and gluconolactone, a poly-hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates and improves cell turnover. It has a wonderfully thick, creamy texture you can apply over your nightly regimen or use alone as a heavy moisturizer to wake up to a more radiant complexion.