The Beauty of the Belly Mask

There’s just something nostalgic about a good old fashioned face mask. You can almost picture it, hair wrapped in a towel after a nice hot shower, spreading the cool clay mask over your skin and going about your evening routine before rinsing it off again to reveal perfectly refreshed rejuvenated skin. You see it in movies, on tv, and in every self-care blog post or news piece. Masking has been around for what seems like ages. With the rise of Korean skincare we have been introduced to a variety of different methods of cleansing, moisturizing, and treating our skin. Everything from double cleansing to sorting out serums and essences, and yes the ever popular sheet mask.


There’s no shortage of varying steps and products offered to create your perfect skincare routine. One step that seems to be in most if not all Korean skincare routines, however, is the sheet mask. Much like their clay predecessors, these masks are supposed to deliver a concentrated amount of hydration and nutrients to address all sorts of skin problems like dryness, oiliness, fine lines, uneven skin tone, skin elasticity, the list goes on and on. So in theory sheet masks produce all of the benefits of a clay or mud mask, just with a little less mess! And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a little less mess in their lives? Sheet masks have become somewhat of a symbol, not only for skincare but for self care as well! So what’s so great about sheet masks and why would you want to use one not on your face, but on your belly?


As with anything in skincare there is a bit of science behind the sheet mask and it’s benefits for your skin. That science is actually pretty simple to understand. The key proponent to these masks is that you’re taking all of these good nutrients and hydration and holding them to the skin, essentially letting them marinate so to speak, so that they are more deeply absorbed into it. The deeper the absorption the more effective these ingredients are. Sheet masks aren’t intended as a replacement for other skincare steps like cleansing or moisturizing, but they ARE an incredibly effective and satisfying addition to an effective skincare routine!  By choosing a mask that targets your own specific skin concerns you can give your skin that extra bit of love and care it needs while also giving yourself a little love to boot.


Pregnancy is an incredible, life changing journey...but it certainly brings a whole lot of stress to your body and mind! Especially in today’s world, there’s a million things a mom-to-be might be concerning herself with. A little self-care might be the last thing on her mind but also one of the most important things she could possibly do to give herself a little break and a little love! Skincare can be pretty tricky during pregnancy, keeping good safe ingredients in mind, but a pregnant woman’s skin is definitely in need of a little TLC. There are many creams and lotions, but something that hasn’t been as readily available is a sheet mask that is targeted for the belly specifically. With Element Mom’s Mega-Moisturizing Belly Mask you have a yummy cocktail of skin loving ingredients that combined can help reduce itchiness, decrease the appearance of stretch marks, and give a powerful boost of hydration to your rapidly changing belly.


In terms of ingredients, like many other things in life a bigger (or more exotic) ingredient list doesn’t always mean better! And pregnancy skin care definitely lives by these rules. The more straightforward an ingredient list the easier it is to identify any troublesome ingredients and really make sure you’re doing what’s best for your skin. So what are some ingredients that you might want to be keeping an eye out for? 


In particular when it comes to mama’s belly, the main area of concern during pregnancy due to the rapid and dramatic changes it goes through, you want to focus on ingredients that are going to offer a good amount of hydration and relief for that rapidly changing and stretching skin. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and beta - glucan, which both maximize and lock in that all-important moisture, are great in this instance because that hydration helps support your skin and all of it’s changes. Element Mom’s Mega Moisturizing Belly Mask in particular also has the added bonus of not one but 5 different types of hydrating hyaluronic acid and Centella Asiatica, among other ingredients, which really helps to support and promote good skin repair and a healthy happy skin barrier. Not to mention these ingredients come to you in an incredible 70ml’s of serum, making Element Mom’s Mega-Moisturizing Belly Mask one of the most saturated masks on the market. That’s a whole lotta good in one little package!


We can’t say that using a belly mask will prevent stretch marks from occurring or make them disappear altogether, though that would be incredible! Your body is going through something extraordinary and the result of that can sometimes be seen on your skin. But using a belly mask as an added step in your routine can help give your skin the extra hydration it needs to boost elasticity and help fend off some of those stretch marks. While stretch mark creams and lotions are and should be an important and vital part of your skincare routine, a belly mask can give you a little extra oomph, some pep in your step that really gives credence to the phrase “glow from within”. It’s a nice way to end a long day, do something good for your body, and have some much needed “me” time.