Using a facial mask can be fun, relaxing, nourishing, smoothing, and sometimes even a ‘skin saver’. But did you know that most face masks you can buy at the drugstore are packed with irritating and oftentimes harmful ingredients?
Considering the time you are supposed to let a mask sink into your skin and let possibly harmful ingredients do their damage, we think it’s well worth taking the time to carefully scan your favourite mask for the following ingredient: Benzalkonium Chloride. A biocide, preservative and surfactant, the chemical finds a use in many household disinfectants and cleaning supplies. (Wait, what?) In fact, the ‘cleaning agent’s’ use in beauty products, such as face masks, is a known toxin and allergen, and is further strongly associated with severe skin reactions as well as eye and respiratory irritation.
For a facial mask that definitely won’t irritate your skin and damage your health, we suggest you treat yourself to an Aura Manuka Honey Mask from ANTIPODES. Containing a selection of great and soothing ingredients, such as luxurious Manuka honey, this mask will make your skin soft and look refreshed – without irritating it! Intrigued? Hop over to our review!
Read more about other face masks we’ve been treating our skin with below: