The healing powers of algae.
Dark circles and eye bags. Though they’ve become a beauty trend in some countries, they can be incredibly challenging to get rid of or hide. While most of us reach for the coverup and concealer, it might be time to get to the source: oxygenated blood pooled beneath the under-eyes and/or hyperpigmentation. Besides being rested, applying sunscreen every day, and avoiding foods that cause inflammation in your body, there are a few beauty products that are less expensive and arguably more therapeutic in minimizing dark/baggy circles.
Juice Beauty, a skincare company that uses organic botanical juice base instead of harmful chemical derivatives, has made a Stem Cellular TM algae mask that works for all skin types in minimizing fine lines and wrinkles (and in my opinion, the I-just-completed-a-marathon-work-week-with-an-IV-drip-of-caffeine-look). This eye mask uses pressed algae as its “active” ingredient, which produces a delicate and softer material than the classic cotton weave that most masks use. Unfortunately, the cotton material in most skincare products apparently can contain pesticides and is usually processed with harsh chemicals such as dichloropropene, tribufos, and acephate. Juice Beauty produced these without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances and animal testing. Best of all, it’s created with mostly organic ingredients. Overall, this product is pretty hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin.
Utilizing the healing power of cucumber, white tea, arnica extracts, organic aloe, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid, and algae, this gentle mask seems like a steal at only $10.
The package comes with the sealed algae eye masks and “activator fluid”, which “activates” the antioxidants and nutrients from the algae biomatrix mask when combined.
This mask is especially hydrating without the strange “tightening” that some masks leave your skin with. It was easy to use, although the mask slightly tore during application. One of my favorite qualities of this mask is its fibrous translucent feel and look. It was satisfying to feel as if the natural oils and juices were infusing into the skin. The mask didn’t have any strange chemical odors, and had a relatively neutral smell. Most users of face masks (whether they’re cream, clay, or sheet masks) do it as a ritual that both physiologically and physically relaxes them. This mask is great if you don’t want to commit to a whole face mask and want to only brighten up your under eye area. While you won’t look quite as crazy as some celebrities who use the masks that are petroleum derived, it could become a pre-event ritual that’s good for your body and soul. Check out the ingredients below.
Here are some of the more eye-catching ingredients:
Sodium alginate – A natural polysaccharide product extracted from brown seaweed
Cellulose gum – A thickening agent
Activator: Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark. aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, vegetable glycerin, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, malus sylvestris (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds) & citrus limonum (lemon bark), xanthan gum, sodium alginate, vitis vinifera (grapeseed extract), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), organic botanical extracts of cucumis sativus (organic cucumber extract)*, camellia sinensis (organic white tea leaf extract)*, chamomilla recutita (organic chamomile extract)*, lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender extract)*, calendula officinalis (organic marigold flower extract)*, arnica montana (organic arnica flower extract)*
Mask: algin, cellulose gum, vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, citric acid, sorbitol
*= certified organic