10 Nourishing Face Mask Ingredients For Mature Skin
There are many nourishing face masks on the market, but what is the best face mask for dry, mature skin?
At A Glance
Best For Dry Skin: Avocado Oil
Best For Antioxidant Properties: Turmeric
Best For Repairing Free Radical Damage: Green Tea Extract
Best For Soothing Inflamed Skin: Aloe Vera
Best For Natural Healing: Sweet Almond Oil
Below we'll highlight some stellar ingredients that keep aging skin hydrated and happy.
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1. Avocado oil face masks saturate dry skin with moisture
Research has shown that natural oils, like avocado oil, can benefit the skin. Whether you use it by itself or in combination with other botanicals and emollients, this ingredient will support skin health.
That's the ultimate goal of our Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask, which contains avocado oil, java plum, banana, and mango. It's like a tropical smoothie that satisfies the needs of your skin. This creamy mask makes any self-care session more satisfying.
Avocado oil is rich in beta carotene, protein, fatty acids, and vitamins that help heal and strengthen the skin.
Vitamins A and E help moisturize, soften, and protect skin from damaging UV rays. Vitamin D has properties that can soothe inflamed skin, improves cell turnover, and provides protection for the skin, especially when combined with other antioxidant vitamins.
The linoleic acid and oleic acid in avocado oil can speed up wound healing. The shea butter in this Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask brings additional oleic acid as well as stearic acid that further softens the skin. It's the perfect prescription for parched skin.
As we age, our skin loses some of its elasticity. Ongoing sun exposure over the years will also lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
This cream mask can make a difference for mature skin.
Not only does it deeply hydrate and plump skin, but it revitalizes and rejuvenates the complexion by delivering lipids and age-delaying polyphenol. You can use it as a hydrating face mask, a moisturizer, or an overnight mask. Any which way will be beneficial for your skin.
There's some evidence to suggest that avocado oil can help treat conditions like plaque psoriasis, which causes scaly, red patches on the skin. A 2001 study found that mixing avocado oil in a vitamin B-12 cream eased psoriasis symptoms for a longer period than the B-12 cream without avocado oil.
As with most scientific findings, more research is required to support the above claim, but there's also a whole host of benefits (mentioned above) that make avocado oil a welcome addition to any face mask.
2. Fruit enzymes help exfoliate dead skin cells
Our skin goes through a natural renewal cycle in which new skin cells form beneath the surface and replace the mature cells that eventually die and slough off.
In our youth, the cycle takes two to three weeks. When we hit middle age, it takes around four weeks and slows down even more in our later years.
However, there are ways to encourage skin cell turnover and keep our complexions more youthful. Exfoliation is a key part of any skincare ritual. It can feel invigorating and deeply cleansing.
You can use chemical, physical, or enzymatic exfoliants in a scrub to achieve the desired results. Like chemical exfoliants, fruit enzymes can dissolve the bonds between dirt and oils, helping to clear congested skin.
If your skin is sensitive, you'll love how the apple enzymes in our Radiance Enzyme Scrub & Enzyme Mask make your face feel. This multi-faceted product delivers instant results. It will deeply cleanse, smooth, and brighten skin.
The fruit enzymes and physical exfoliant beads (made of jojoba and bamboo) will gently exfoliate dead cells, dirt, and debris from clogged pores and purify your complexion.
The vitamin C and turmeric in this formula address dark spots due to hyperpigmentation and sun damage. They bring about a brightness that gives you that youthful glow, as the antioxidant powers protect your skin. The best candlenut body oil will soften skin with fatty acids and seals in moisture for improved skin texture.
The ingredients in this Radiance Enzyme Scrub & Enzyme Mask work together to leave your skin feeling spectacular.
3. Turmeric protects the skin with its antioxidant action
As stated above and many times before, having antioxidants in your skincare products is a plus. Almost any anti-aging face mask will contain at least one ingredient with antioxidant activity.
Turmeric is one such free-radical-fighting friend to the skin. It helps slow down and sometimes even reverse the damage that ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun can inflict. That means a potential improvement in everything from skin discoloration to fine lines and wrinkles.
Turmeric is a staple in virtually every Indonesian household and is frequently featured in our Jamu-inspired skincare recipes. In addition to its powerful antioxidant activity, it also has active ingredients that are perhaps for reducing redness.
The curcumin in turmeric helps heal wounds by decreasing both inflammation and oxidation. Turmeric may positively affect collagen production as well, which is essential for strong, resilient skin.
If you find turmeric in a face mask, get ready for a glow-up. It can even out skin tone and bring about brighter skin.
Let's highlight one such example from our skincare line. JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask is a non-drying face mask that nourishes mature and stressed skin. It works well for folks of any age or skin type.
The formula features the unifying benefits of a typical clay mask, but without the hardening or stripping effect. It can also be used as an overnight mask.
4. Hyaluronic acid helps attract moisture to the skin
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the most hydrating ingredients you'll find in a face mask.
It's a well-known fact in skin care circles that keeping skin moisturized enables it to function properly. Healthy moisture content keeps skin looking better and helps it protect against irritants and other unwanted environmental aggressors.
Dehydrated skin often suffers from a depleted skin barrier, more pronounced wrinkles, and accelerated aging.
It's why we instinctively reach for moisturizer when our skin doesn't feel quite right.
Our daily skincare ritual should include a combination of humectants, emollients, and occlusives. If you're not familiar with those words, they're all different types of moisturizers.
Humectants - like HA and glycerin - help bind moisture to the skin. When applied to the epidermis (or uppermost layer of the skin), they attract water from the lower layers as well as the surrounding environment.
Emollients soften the skin by filling in the spaces between cells with fats and lipids, while occlusives create a physical barrier and lock in the moisture.
Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient for maintaining skin moisture. It can be absorbed quickly and allows for other types of moisturizing ingredients to get to work.
While hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, its production slows over time, making it harder for our skin to stay supple. A hydrating face mask with hyaluronic acid can be a great help.
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5. Green tea extract is great for the face or any skin concern
Green Tea gives your skin the gift of antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. These benefits are due in large part to EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the major polyphenolic compound found in this tea.
As established above, face masks with antioxidants have anti-aging benefits like minimizing the free radical damage that makes us look older. Whether it's fine lines or dark spots, this antioxidant tea takes critical steps to curtail the premature signs of aging.
Since free radical damage can affect skin cells and lead to the breakdown of collagen, it's imperative to have antioxidants that counteract this process if you want to look as young as you feel.
As many of us are keenly aware, breakouts can be a thing well into our later years. Ingredients like tea are also good for combination skin and treating acne.
Acne occurs when excess oil clogs pores and stimulates bacterial growth. The aforementioned polyphenolic compound EGCG lowers lipid levels, which reduces sebum excretions. This may have the effect of slowing or stopping acne breakouts.
6. Hydroxy acids aid in exfoliation and even out skin tone
We mentioned the importance of exfoliation earlier, so let's focus now on the often utilized hydroxy acids. Both beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) exfoliate the skin.
AHAs are water-soluble acids that help peel away the surface layer of the skin so that newer, fresher cells can take their place. These newly generated cells are more evenly pigmented, so this can even out discoloration, minimize scarring, and make skin smoother.
While AHAs are generally safe for all skin types, you'll want to proceed with caution if you have extremely dry skin.
The most common alpha hydroxy acid is glycolic acid. It's made from sugar cane and can be a great addition to your skincare routine. Lactic acid is another AHA you may see mentioned. Both can address issues like uneven skin tone and improve overall texture.
BHAs are oil-soluble and reach deeper into the pores. They clear pores by removing dead skin cells and excess sebum.
Folks frequently use beta hydroxy acids to treat acne and sun damage.
Salicylic acid, a BHA, is often used to prevent breakouts, but it can also address redness and inflammation stemming from other skin concerns.
As stated above, BHAs go deeper into your pores to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oils. That's one reason BHAs are great for combination, acne-prone, and oily skin. If you have mature skin that still tends to be on the oily side, you may have some success with BHAs.
Some of the best face masks out there contain both types of hydroxy acids. Just be sure to consult with a dermatologist or start off with a lower concentration if you have sensitive skin.
7. Aloe vera naturally soothes skin
At some time or another, a lot of us have used aloe to help soothe a sunburn or deal with dry skin. It's known for its healing and moisturizing properties.
Soothing aloe vera calms several skin conditions. Not only will it address dry skin concerns, but it may improve certain forms of eczema and psoriasis.
Aloe contains antioxidants, vitamins, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. It can be sourced from the leaf itself though you can easily find it as an ingredient in a hydrating mask or topical gel formula for dry skin.
If you have mild acne as opposed to severe or cystic acne, a sheet mask with aloe can calm some of the redness and reduce inflammation.
Hydrating face masks with aloe and other botanical extracts bring the best of nature to your skincare routine.
8. A Kaolin clay mask can absorb excess oil without over-drying skin
Mud masks and clay masks can help clarify the skin in unique ways.
A firming face mask with clay can absorb excess oil. It also clears the surface of dead cells and debris, giving dull skin a fresh start. This makes it ideal for combination skin, which can have both oily zones and dry patches.
Kaolin clay is particularly gentle, making it a great match for mature skin.
Some clay masks can be too drying, which is not the desired outcome of any skincare ritual. However, with kaolin clay being milder, it's a great ingredient for an aging yet acne-prone skin type.
9. Sweet almond oil has natural healing effects
Sweet almond oil contains fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals that make it an ideal ingredient for aging skin. A sheet mask with this stuff will heal, hydrate, and give you glowy skin.
The antioxidants in vitamins A and E, which are both found in sweet almond oil, protect and soothe irritated skin. Antioxidants fight those free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles.
This same oxidative stress damages the skin's collagen. Vitamin E provides the amino acids needed to produce collagen. As you likely know, collagen and elastin provide the strength and elasticity that leads to supple skin, so the fact that sweet almond oil is packed with this skin-protecting vitamin is a good thing.
Since sweet almond oil is anti-inflammatory, it may reduce swelling. It helps soothe those puffy areas and inflamed locations wherever it's applied.
The fatty acids in this oil help the skin retain moisture, and will likely lead to an all-over improvement in your skin's appearance.
Hydrating masks with sweet almond oil are an asset for mature, dry skin.
10. Rosehip seed oil helps hydrate and protect
Rosehip oil or rosehip seed oil, not to be confused with rose oil, is another healing and hydrating natural oil.
Sourced from the seeds and fruit of the rose bush, this oil contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that feed your skin exactly what it needs.
Rich in vitamin C, it addresses all that aforementioned free-radical damage, while also brightening the complexion.
The best face masks deliver deep hydration and don't clog pores. Ingredients like rosehip oil that are high in linoleic acid may be particularly helpful for acne-prone or oily skin types, since it's less comedogenic.
Rosehip oil can be rejuvenating and restorative for the skin.
Now, to squeeze one more wonderful natural ingredient in, we thought we'd share this video of how to make an anti-aging moisturizer that you can apply all over. This DIY recipe with soothing chamomile is ideal for dry and sensitive skin. (Or you can always invest in our own anti aging hand cream - your choice!)
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