Bio-cellulose face masks aren’t just eco-friendly, they also do wonders in hydrating and rejuvenating the skin.
For today’s public service announcement, we would like to bring to light a recommendation that will be a real game changer to your everyday skincare and self-care routine: bio-cellulose masks.
While our usual single-use cotton or synthetic sheet masks are great for marinating our faces in for a quick pick-me-up, they aren’t the most sustainable habit. The latter materials can’t be recycled or composted, and cotton is considered a huge industrial polluter. While we’re not always aware of it, cotton is usually bleached, and its production uses large amounts of pesticides and water. All in all, if you’re looking to reduce waste in your beauty routine, it’s probably time to switch things up by opting for bio-cellulose masks instead.
What are bio-cellulose masks, though?
Bio-cellulose masks are essentially a type of hydrogel mask that’s made from a biodegradable natural fibre that’s obtained from the fermentation of coconut water. These masks are definitely superior not just because they’re friendlier to the environment, but the tiny bio-cellulose fibres also form a fine veil that’s able to fit the contours of your face. This optimises its use, ensuring that every inch of your skin receives the nourishing benefits of its active and hydrating ingredients.
Another reason why bio-cellulose masks are so amazing is because they’re extremely hydrophilic (meaning: they LOVE water). The material can easily hold large amounts of water, unlike paper or cotton sheet masks that can easily dry out. Facial masks that dry out easily can lead to reverse osmosis, which translates to the dry mask reabsorbing moisture out from your skin.
Now that you’re all caught up, here are some of our favourite bio-cellulose masks for you to make the swap and be one step closer to a greener skincare routine:
Laneige Perfect Renew Regenerating Mask
Infused with a high concentration of exclusively developed Skin Rebirth™ technology, this mask rejuvenates the skin with a flavonoid component extracted from the galangal root. This works to increase the skin’s energy and restore youthfulness. It also contains Ceramide Water, a core moisturising factor that imitates the skin’s moisture barrier to provide an intense, hydrating effect. W laneige.com
Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Bio-cellulose Brightening Treatment Mask
Give sallow, lacklustre skin a boost of moisture and radiance with this vitamin-packed mask. It features ascorbic acid a.k.a vitamin C, a well-loved ingredient for its antioxidant content and brightening properties. It also contains niacinamide, a form of vitamin B that helps to support your skin’s moisture barrier by increasing its resiliency, while balancing your oil production. So even if you’ve got an oily skin type, you can still use this mask to give yourself a glowing complexion. W sephora.my
Talika Bio-Enzymes Hydrating Mask
Even the thirstiest of skins will thoroughly enjoy this deliciously hydrating mask from Talika. Their Bio Enzymes series of bio-cellulose masks are made from an ultra-pure nano fibre derived from the enzyme fermentation of coconut water. This allows the infusion of a high concentration of beneficial ingredients into the mask, optimising its distribution to the skin. It contains as much as 20g of mask essence, packed with intense hydrating ingredients and humectants such as hyaluronic acid, hydrophilic sugars, arnica, and gentian to smooth out and deeply nourish the skin. W kensapothecary.com.my
Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask
Living in a city amidst haze and pollution can not only dry out the skin and clog your pores, it can also make your skin look tired and dull. Malaysia is also known for its constantly sunny weather, which increases the chances of overexposure to UV damage such as hyperpigmentation. This mask uses a blend of bilberry, liquorice, and lotus extracts to help fade the appearance of dark spots, while imparting a natural lit-from-within glow to your skin. W sephora.my
Starskin The Gold Mask™ VIP Revitalising Luxury Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask
Give your skin the most luxurious, pampering treat with this pure colloidal gold-infused face mask. Gold is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help even out the skin tone and slow down signs of ageing. The rich and creamy serum that’s carried in this mask also blends powerful anti-ageing and hydrating ingredients such as gingko biloba extract and evening primrose extract to plump up and smoothen the skin. W sephora.my
Hysses Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Mask Rose
If you don’t have the time to visit your favourite spa, you can try squeezing in a 15-minute at-home session with this mask that can easily do the trick. It features Bulgarian Rose Damascena distillate, which is revered for its softening, refreshing, and deeply relaxing properties to hydrate and revive the skin. Combined with antioxidant-rich goji fruit extract, anti-inflammatory chamomile flower extract, and soothing cucumber extract, even the most stressed out, parched complexions will feel truly pampered and revitalised. W my.hysses.com
For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Bio-Cellulose Mask
The squalane, peptides, and ceramide ingredients in this mask are key ingredients to hydrated, firmer, and younger-looking skin. Ceramides are great for repairing your skin’s elasticity which contribute to the suppleness and overall health of your skin. Peptides, on the other hand, are excellent anti-ageing ingredients that can help promote your skin’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid - which are beneficial in plumping up fine lines and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. W sephora.my
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