Ingredient Spotlight: Wicked Good Facial Masks

Oh, masks how we love you. During this spooky season, you keep our face looking more Dorothy and less Wicked Witch of the West. Here’s a list of magic ingredients to keep your skin feeling and looking less scary.

Hyaluronic Acid

If you are looking for a moisture boost– hyaluronic acid is the magic ingredient. It’s an amazing hydrator that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. Our bodies produce hyaluronic acid since it is essential for maintaining moisture in skin tissue, but as we age we produce less. HA works for all skin types since it absorbs directly into the skin. Here at Dr. Gross we love our Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask. Use this mask once a week to transform your skin from dull and dehydrated to dewy and radiant.


This seagoing plant is loaded with free radical fighting antioxidants, detoxifying minerals and omegas.  This miracle ingredient not only nourishes but it also combats inflammation, purifies and hydrates. But don’t slather any old algae you find on your walk along the beach. There are over 20,000 species of algae, you will find blue, red and brown in your skincare.


This ingredient is a favorite used in many skincare formulas. It’s a humectant, so it draws water molecules from the air into the skin. Glycerin is also an emollient, so it stops moisture loss while keeping skin smooth and soft! And it’s suitable for all skin types due to its gentle nature. Its hydrating properties make is perfect for a hydrating mask.


Sulfur is one of the best active ingredients to clear acne breakouts due to its natural anti-bacterial properties. It controls the oil that feeds bacteria, reducing spots altogether.  Sulfur also calms through osmosis to relieve swelling by pulling out the infection. The fastest way to defeat an existing blemish is by using a sulfur-based medication, such as our Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask, which dries out the spot.

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