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Hydrating Facial Masks

The Taste for Life Staff
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If you’re in the market for a new facial mask or want to try a potent rejuvenating cream, look for natural products containing the following key ingredients.

Antioxidants for Your Face

Both masks and repair creams should contain antioxidants for antiaging benefits.

  • Green Tea

    Green tea helps prevent oxidative stress and eliminates free radicals.

  • Vitamins

    Look for products containing vitamins A, C, and E, all of which protect collagen (the protein in connective tissue that keeps skin firm and youthful). Topical vitamin C not only helps boost collagen production, it also regenerates oxidized vitamin E, so look for these vitamins in combination.

  • Pycnogenol

    Pycnogenol, taken from the bark of the French Maritime pine tree, contains more antioxidant power than vitamins E and C.

  • Astaxanthin

    Astaxanthin, a marine-based ingredient harvested from micro algae is “500 times more powerful than vitamin E,” says Linda Miles, LAc, DOM.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Alpha lipoic acid, another powerful antioxidant that protects collagen from free radicals, also appears to make other antioxidants work more effectively, says Miles.

  • Fruit Extracts

    Certain antioxidant fruit extracts—including acai berry, mangosteen, and pomegranate—work to prevent fine lines and firm skin.

Natural Skin Soothers

Nature’s restorative plants can work overnight to leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed by morning.

  • Herbal Extracts

    Both primrose and borage oils diminish the dryness common to aging skin.

  • Fruit Extracts

    Cranberry and grape seed oils offer moisturizing effects along with antioxidant protection.

  • Calendula Extract

    Calendula flower extract works as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant and is good for problem skin.

  • Soy Extracts

    Products containing soy help keep skin firm and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which naturally decline with age.

    Research involving soy extracts indicates that this ingredient decreases skin roughness and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Click to See Our Sources

"Oral evening primrose oil and borage oil for eczema" by J. Bamford et al., Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews 

"The roles of vitamin C in skin health" by by J.M. Pullar et al., Nutrients, 8/17

"Topical delivery of geranium/calendula essential oil . . . to combat skin aging" by A. Lohani et al., BioMed Research International, 9/11/21