The 13 Best Natural Face Masks of 2020 - The Skincare Edit

Editor’s Picks: 13 of the Best Natural Face Masks to Brighten, Nourish and Clarify Your Skin

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If you're into natural skincare, then you've probably noticed that many face masks contain ingredients you'd rather avoid. 

Think: synthetic fragrances, silicones, petroleum derivatives and even dyes and glitter. (WTF, right?) I don't know about you, but when I'm treating myself to a mask, I'm not so keen on substances that could congest or irritate my skin.

But you don't have to whip up a DIY concoction in your kitchen to get the benefits of a natural face mask. Brands like Herbivore, Indie Lee and Tata Harper have already done the hard work for us, with an array of ready-to-use treatments made with clean ingredients.

Whether you're looking for a brightening boost, a quick acne-fighting fix, or need intensive moisture, there's a natural face mask for you. 

Read on for the best products on the market—including my all-time favourite masks that I've been using for years now!

The Best Natural Face Masks

Best natural face mask

The best natural face masks from Tata Harper, Goop Beauty, Herbivore and Indie Lee.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

  • Details: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is a brightening and exfoliating mask for all skin types. This one's a cult-favourite for a reason—it softens, helps to clear pores, and gives you an instant glow. It has a non-abrasive jelly texture, and a fresh herbal scent.
  • Best for: Dullness, clogged pores and rough texture.
  • Key ingredients: It's 100 percent natural, and contains willow bark extract, a natural source of BHAs. There's also pomegranate enzymes and kaolin clay, all in an aloe base.
  • How to use: Apply a thick layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use it up to three times per week.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

  • Details: Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a clarifying and exfoliating mask for oily and acne-prone skin. It gets its name and deep blue colour from the blue tansy oil, which is naturally high in anti-inflammatory azulene. This mask has a gel texture and feels cooling on the skin.
  • Best for: Breakouts, clogged pores, redness and dullness.
  • Key ingredients: Willow bark extract (a natural BHA) plus papaya and pineapple enzymes work in tandem to exfoliate and unclog pores. The blue tansy oil soothes and reduces redness.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes (or five minutes if you have sensitive skin) before rinsing off. Use it every other day for the first week, and then two to three times per week thereafter.

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

Indie Lee Clearing Mask

  • Details: Indie Lee Clearing Mask is a clarifying mask for acne-prone skin. But unlike most clay-based masks, it hydrates and calms as it deep-cleans your pores. It also has a creamy consistency, and doesn't dry out. I love to use this one during PMS times, or whenever I feel a pimple coming on.
  • Best for: Breakouts, dryness and redness.
  • Key ingredients: It contains bentonite clay and colloidal sulfur to draw out debris, and glycolic and salicylic acids to gently exfoliate. Zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid and chamomile make it soothing and moisturizing.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use it once per week.

Odacité Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque

Odacite Synergie 4 Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque

Odacité Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque

  • Details: Odacité Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque is a deep-cleansing, exfoliating, brightening and firming mask that any skin type can use. Since it's loaded with natural actives, it allows you to treat multiple skin concerns with a single product. What's also unique is the texture, which is a dry powder. To activate it, you just need to mix it with water.
  • Best for: Clogged pores, breakouts, dullness and pigmentation.
  • Key ingredients: You won't find any fillers in here—just two types of clay (kaolin and bentonite), two fruit acids (tartaric and malic), plus probiotics, vitamin C and activated charcoal. 
  • How to use: Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons with 1/2 teaspoon of water, and then apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off. Use it once per week.

Éminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Masque

Eminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Masque

Éminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Masque

  • Details: Éminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Masque is a lightweight hydrating mask for all skin types. It's named for the stone crop plant, which was traditionally used by herbalists to heal and brighten the skin. This mask has a jelly texture, and like all the brand's products, smells good enough to eat. 
  • Best for: Dryness, dullness and redness.
  • Key ingredients: Stone crop extract and honey are the key moisturizing agents, in a base of phytonutrients including aloe, calendula and green tea. It's also spiked with naturally-derived antioxidants, alpha-lipoic acid and CoQ10.
  • How to use: Emulsify a small amount in your hand with a few drops of water, and then apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for five to 10 minutes, and then use a warm, wet face cloth to massage in circular motions before rinsing off. Use it three to five times per week.

Goop Beauty GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

Goop Beauty GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

Goop Beauty GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

  • Details: Goop Beauty GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is a both a scrub and a mask in one, and is suitable for all skin types. It uses physical as well as chemical exfoliants to brighten and smooth, mimicking the results of a professional microdermabrasion treatment. But don't worry, it's not aggressive—it has a lightweight, whipped texture with ultra-fine exfoliating particles.
  • Best for: Dullness and rough texture.
  • Key ingredients: Four types of minerals (quartz, garnet, alumina and silica) manually buff off dead skin, while glycolic acid helps to dissolve it. There's also moisturizing glycerin, fatty alcohol, meadowfoam seed oil and squalane.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean, damp skin, and then massage in circular motions. Leave it on for up to three minutes before rinsing off. Use it two to three times per week.

Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial

Herbivore Prism 20 AHA 5 BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial

Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial

  • Details: Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial is an exfoliating and brightening mask for all skin types (although sensitive skin should patch-test it first). Since it's powered by a high concentration of naturally-derived acids, a slight tingle upon application is normal. It has a gel texture and a light rose scent.
  • Best for: Dullness, dark spots, rough texture and enlarged pores.
  • Key ingredients: It contains 20 percent AHAs and five percent BHAs, each derived from natural ingredients such as sugarcane, bilberry and willow bark. Aloe and rose water impart soothing moisture.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes (or five minutes if you have sensitive skin) before rinsing off. Use it once or twice per week.

Odacité Deep Hydration Masque

Odacite Deep Hydration Masque

Odacité Deep Hydration Masque

  • Details: Odacité Deep Hydration Masque is an intensive moisturizing mask for normal to dry and sensitive skin. It has a buttery but lightweight texture that sinks in without leaving you greasy—which is why many people also use it as a face cream. If you live in a cold climate, this mask is a must-have for wintertime.
  • Best for: Dryness, redness and fine lines.
  • Key ingredients: It contains jojoba and olive oils to lock in moisture, and stearic acid (a fatty acid) to help repair the skin barrier. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin from within, and lavender extract takes down inflammation. As part of the brand's Fresh Collection, it's made in small batches and stored in a fridge to preserve the potency of the ingredients until you take it home.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use it up to three times per week.

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask

  • Details: Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask is a two-in-one scrub and mask for all skin types. It works its brightening, resurfacing magic with both physical and chemical exfoliants, while also drawing out impurities. The texture is super creamy, and not too gritty or abrasive.
  • Best for: Dullness and rough texture.
  • Key ingredients: It contains galactorabinan, a polysaccharide that boosts the performance of the AHA-rich fruit enzymes. Meanwhile, volcanic rock does the buffing, and kaolin clay cleans pores.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean, damp skin, and then massage in circular motions for one minute. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Use it twice per week.

MV Skintherapy Signature Mineral Mask

MV Skintherapy Signature Mineral Mask

MV Skintherapy Signature Mineral Mask

  • Details: MV Skintherapy Signature Mineral Mask is a calming clay mask for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. If you're used to clay masks feeling tight and drying out your skin, you need to try this one because it's both gentle and nourishing. The texture is a dry powder, which becomes creamy when you mix it with water.
  • Best for: Redness, irritation and rough texture.
  • Key ingredients: There's just one ingredient in here—the purest, most refined white kaolin clay in the world.
  • How to use: Mix two teaspoons with water until creamy, and then apply a thick layer to clean skin. Leave it on for seven minutes, taking care not to let the mask dry completely, before rinsing off. Use it twice per week.

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant

Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant

  • Details: Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant is a triple-action exfoliating mask for all skin types. The secret weapon in Tracie's sought-after facials (and the next best thing at home), it dissolves dead skin cells and buffs them away. Meanwhile, it also infuses your skin with hydrating and brightening ingredients. It has a creamy yet gritty texture and a spa-like scent.
  • Best for: Dullness, rough texture, enlarged pores and fine lines.
  • Key ingredients: Volanic minerals perform the physical exfoliation, while pineapple enzymes and hydroxy-acids take care of the chemical exfoliation. It also contains detoxifying kaolin clay, moisturizing squalane and spot-fading kojic acid.
  • How to use: Apply a thin layer to clean, damp skin. Leave it on for up to 15 minutes, until dry, and then massage in circular motions before rinsing off. (Sensitive skin types can skip the scrub.) Use it one to three times per week.

NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask

NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask

NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask

  • Details: NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask is a hydrating and soothing mask for dry and dehydrated skin. Although the texture is lightweight and fast-absorbing, it's comprised of a hard-working blend of humectants and occlusives to restore needed moisture. You can even leave it on overnight.
  • Best for: Dryness, dehydration, redness and irritation.
  • Key ingredients: Grape and rose waters, glycerin and hyaluronic acid bring moisture to your skin, and then squalane and shea butter seal it in. It also contains niacinamide, one of the best ingredients for repairing the skin barrier and taking down redness. As with all the products from this brand, it is made in small batches, every 10 to 12 weeks, to ensure that you're getting the ingredients at peak freshness.
  • How to use: Apply a thick layer to clean skin. Leave it on for at least 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off or wiping gently with a damp cloth. Use it two to three times per week.

Golde Clean Greens Anti-Pollution Superfood Face Mask

Golde Clean Greens Anti-Pollution Superfood Face Mask

Golde Clean Greens Anti-Pollution Superfood Face Mask

  • Details: Golde Clean Greens Anti-Pollution Superfood Face Mask is a brightening and soothing mask for all skin types. Dubbed a "green smoothie for your skin," it contains only edible superfoods, and nothing to irritate. It comes as a dry powder, which transforms into a gel when you add water.
  • Best for: Dullness, redness, irritation and breakouts.
  • Key ingredients: There are just four ingredients in here: powdered mango juice, marshmallow root extract, spirulina and chlorella. The latter two are high in chlorophyll, a natural antioxidant, and also work to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.
  • How to use: Mix one teaspoon with a few drops of water until you get a creamy-gel consistency, and then apply a thin layer to clean skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off. Use it up to three times per week. 

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