During summer, our skin is generally in a bigger need of some TLC. Hot and humid outdoor air is not really gentle on our skin. On the other hand, air-conditioned and dry indoor air doesn’t do it much good either.
That is why many of us resort to boosting our skincare game and implementing some additional solutions in our regular routines that help us restore our skin’s natural beauty and shine. One of the most common products we reach for our face masks. But with so many different alternatives on the market, choosing the best one for our skin specifically may prove to be a bit challenging. That is why we’ve put together a list of pros and cons of using both natural and chemical face masks, that will hopefully help you make the right choice.
Reasons to Use Natural and Herbal Face Masks
As a general rule of thumb, you should always navigate more towards organic and natural products when your skincare is concerned. The fact that the majority of these products come from nature itself can encourage a sense of relief knowing that you probably won’t experience any intense and adverse reactions. That is why many people are more likely to reach for herbal facial masks, for instance, particularly if they are looking for light and soothing solutions. The majority of natural face masks are also usually either vegan or vegetarian, and almost all of them are cruelty-free.
Cons of Natural and Herbal Face Masks
On the other hand, while there are not many negative things we can say about all-natural products, there are some that are worth mentioning. First of all, natural and especially herbal face masks may sometimes cause various allergic reactions. This usually happens if a person is – unawarely – allergic to a particular component. On top of that, natural, vegan, and vegetarian formulas tend to have a shorter shelf life, as they are free of any chemical stabilizers or preservatives, so that is another thing to keep in mind.
Pros of Synthetic and Chemical Face Masks
Synthetic and chemical face masks have their own set of advantages. For starters, both of these features various beneficial solutions that help our skin reach its natural glow. Additionally, since the majority of these chemicals are carefully selected, they can be of significant help even when more stubborn issues, such as blemishes, skin redness, and acne are concerned. Finally, synthetic and chemical products can be made to be hypoallergenic and generally have a longer shelf life.
Cons of Synthetic and Chemical Face Masks
In the end, it’s also important to discuss the cons of synthetic and chemical face masks and similar products. The fact that they’re jam-packed with various non-natural solutions may be extremely beneficial for our skin, but it may also cause component dependency. This may lead to the problem getting progressively worse if you stop using them until your skin naturally detoxifies. On top of that, some of the ingredients found in chemical face masks and similar products have been linked to – in extremely rare cases – causing skin cancer, which is certainly another thing you need to keep in mind.
Overall, both natural and herbal-based products, as well as synthetic and chemical-based ones have both advantages and disadvantages. So, the most important thing you can do is get familiar with all of them. That way you can easily assess the pros and cons of using either of these two alternatives, which will make it significantly easier to choose products that will work for you, in particular.
You can also check out how to make DIY homemade facemasks at this post for dry and oily skin.
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