7 bizarre facial masks that actually work (if they don't weird you out)

What people are slathering on in the name of beauty will shock you.

Skincare masks provide some of the rewards of a spa facial from the comfort of your home.Skincare masks provide some of the rewards of a spa facial from the comfort of your home.Skincare masks provide some of the rewards of a spa facial from the comfort of your home. (Photo: Shutterstock )

Skincare brands are sourcing wild ingredients from the earth and sea to deliver nutrient-rich masks for the face that decongest skin and deliver instant glow. Besides the host of skincare benefits they tout, masks are a perfect way to decompress after a long day and take time for some much-needed self-care without the expense of a spa visit.

We've discovered some of the wildest masks on the market to address every skin concern, whether you have dry skin, hope to minimize pores or you're simply looking for mega hydration.


Lush cup o' coffee face and body maskCoffee is loaded with antioxidants, which can prevent premature skin aging. (Photo: Lush Handmade Cosmetics)

Coffee grinds aren't limited to your morning cup of joe. Lush Handmade Cosmetics Cup O'Coffee mask utilizes grinds in this formula which act as a gentle scrub to to buff away dryness and reveal glowing skin beneath. You'll wake up your skin by smoothing this mask all over your face and body for soft, renewed skin.

Dead Sea Mud

black mineral mud mask from dead seaBlack mineral mud found in the Dead Sea region is rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, essential to maintaining healthy, supple skin. (Photo: Shutterstock )

Your skincare routine is about to get muddy. Israel-based Ahava's skincare products are formulated with purifying and cleansing ingredients sourced from the Dead Sea, a salt- and mineral-rich body of water between Israel and Jordan. Ahava's Purifying Mud Mask is a unique blend of black mineral Dead Sea mud that detoxifies skin without stripping it of moisture. The natural properties of mud are said to restore suppleness and moisture levels in overly dry skin while relieving and soothing symptoms such as soreness, roughness, redness and cracking.


Rose bush - rosewater can hydrate and toneRoses can improve your complexion and enhance the beauty of your skin. (Photo: Shutterstock )

It won't be hard to smell the roses slathered on your face when using Fresh's Rose Face Mask. This mask uses rose petals and rosewater (two and a half roses in every jar to be precise) which hydrate and tone the complexion to restore radiance and suppleness to all skin types. Pure rosewater found in this mask is notable for its soothing and toning properties.

Bee Venom

Bumble bees on a honeycomb famous for their bee venom which acts as nature's botoxBee venom is said to stimulate the skin and relax muscles that cause wrinkles. (Photo: Shutterstock )

Bee venom has been dubbed "nature's Botox" thanks to its ability to tighten and firm skin. Nip + Fab's Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask is an anti-aging powerhouse and is perfect for providing a firming, lifting effect that's ideal for fighting wrinkles. It's been widely reported that Kate Middleton's buzz worthy beauty secret is bee venom, and with skin as glowing and beautiful as Kate's, it's worth a shot. Precaution: Do not use if you have an allergy to bee stings.

Bamboo Charcoal

Charcoal made from bamboo is known to absorb impurities and toxins. Charcoal made from bamboo is known to absorb impurities and toxins. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Believe it or not, applying a little soot to your skin can leave it more purified than ever. May Lindstrom's Correcting Mask is made with a mix of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts and spices to purify and tighten pores, extinguish inflammation, and jump-start circulation. Bamboo charcoal – charcoal that has been pulverized and steamed – is known to draw out pollutants from the skin and absorb a high volume of bacteria, toxins and micro-particles.


Fresh pomegranate - a source of antioxidants and enzymesPomegranate enzymes improve the appearance of the face by eliminating dull and blemished skin cells with active enzymes. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

More recently the pomegranate has been touted as a super food. But did you know it also has the power to encourage radiant skin when applied topically? Vermont-based Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask harnesses its power by using pomegranate enzymes in this mask formulation to provide deep cleansing and pore minimization. Pomegranates also help protect the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and help with skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer), increasing circulation and healing the skin.


Reishi mushrooms growing in mossReishi mushrooms have a long history of enhancing health, boosting resistance to stress, and promoting healthy longevity. (Photo: Shutterstock )

Make some room in your skincare routine for this fabulous fungi. Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Mask includes reishi mushrooms as well as ginger, holy basil and turmeric to instantly reduce visible redness, blotchiness and reactivity. The Ling Zhi 8-protein and Ganodermic acid present in reishi are rich anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic agents. Both these ingredients work in harmony, leaving the skin calm and comforted.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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