From sheet masks to jelly masks and everything in between, we’ve tried just about every beauty trend out there. But sometimes, it’s good to get back to basics. After all, some things don’t need to be re-invented.
Skincare products that you mix to use, like exfoliators, cleansers and face masks, have been around for quite awhile. And now, these powdered formulations are seeing a resurgence. Unlike a pre-mixed liquid face mask, a powdered version needs to be mixed to activated, typically with water or even milk.
Why go through the trouble? A mix-to-activate formula also means your product is more stable. Active ingredients aren’t exposed to air, light and temperature changes, which is what causes a traditional bottled face mask to start to decay.
A more stable solution also means less preservatives, and the ability to customize your skincare, too. You can mix most with water but also things like coconut oil, milk or apple cider vinegar. Plus, the powder formulations makes it convenient for travel, too.
If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of powder masks and exfoliators, here are a few of our current beauty favorites.
ERNO LASZLO WHITE MARBLE BRIGHT FACE MASK
For an instant glow, we love Erno Laslzo White Marble Bright Face Mask. The two-step mask comes with enough for four applications, but the formula is enough to split with your hubby or a friend. Plant extracts hydrate and nourish the skin and the mask is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Peel off after 15 minutes to reveal instantly brightened skin!
TATCHA INDIGO SOOTHING RICE POWDER
Smooth this creamy foam on to your skin for a soothing and luxurious daily exfoliation. The powder features powerful anti-aging ingredients like Japanese rice bran, green tea and algae and comes in four formulations to suit each skin type. The Classic nourishes with crushed pearl extract; the Deep features Japanese wild rose and leopard lily to clarify skin and refine skin texture; the Gentle features licorice root extract to moisturize; and the Indigo features Japanese indigo to calm the skin.
AMOREPACIFIC TREATMENT ENZYME PEEL
For an indulgent and gentle daily exfoliant, try Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel. It’s a K-beauty favorite, and it’s easy to see why; it helps improve dullness, dryness and uneven skin tone while being gentle enough for easy use. Natural papaya enzymes reveal brightened skin and it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
ORIGINS RITUALITEA MATCHA MADNESS REVITALIZING POWDER FACE MASK
We all know and love the powerful antioxidant benefits of matcha and green tea, and Origins has packaged that in their Origins RitualiTea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Powder Face Mask. The result is smoothed, revitalized skin, improved skin texture and it contains less than one-percent synthetic fragrances.
Love the control over mixing your own skincare? You may want to give LOLI Beauty a go, a blend-it-yourself line of products for your hair, face and body.
The raw all-natural ingredients free of synthetics, preservatives, chemicals and fillers, feature simple, food-grade ingredients.
Start by choosing a base and then customize with a mix-in of your choice, selecting up to three. You can also order recipes to blend at home like the BIY Balancing Scrub which comes with a base of purple corn grains, a tea seed elixir base and a sweet orange water mix-in. It’s like chemistry class for your skincare routine.