Over 40? Get These Masks On Your Face STAT!

Welcome to the #CleanOver40 Series! After MANY conversations about the unique challenges women over 40 experience in terms of beauty and wellness, my good friend Lisa from This Organic Girl and I are teaming up to bring you the most effective clean skincare, makeup, and lifestyle products for those of us fortysomethings. This series will publish the second Monday of every month so be sure to stop by for the latest. You can also search #CleanOver40 on our blogs to access the entire series. Be sure to tag #CleanOver40 on social with your favorite picks as well…we ladies of a certain age need to stick together!

All three of these masks will be given away to two winners! See below on how to enter!

Alright, ladies. It’s time to talk about my favorite overall skin treatment, masking. Are you masking on a regular basis? If not, what in the sam hell are you waiting for? I mask around 3-5 times a week and it is truly the gamechanger of all gamechangers. Why? Well, because you can specifically treat your current issue. Woke up with a red face? Mask. Have a killer zit? Mask. Face looks like a desert scape? By all means, MASK.

Though, for the record, masking shouldn’t be an only 40+ thing. Even though Lisa (are you following her blog and Instagram?!) and I are forty-somethings, masks benefit peeps of ALL ages.

However! Since this is a #CleanOver40 post, I am going to share my most-used masks since turning 40. And you know these three must be good because Lisa picked the same ones! The cool thing, though, is that Lisa and I have different skin types, so they really must be all-around stars.

Since turning 40, my skin has become quite reactive when it comes to treatments. Some masks that I used repeatedly with ease in the past now make my face so incredibly hot and angry. In fact, there have a couple of times that I thought something slightly terrible was about to go down and couldn’t leave my house for the rest of the day after removing it. What gives, temperamental skin? Geez.

I want all my sensitive ladies out there to know that you are in excellent, gentle (yet so effective) hands with these three masks. Never fear, my picks are austere. #seewhatididthere #poet

First up! The creme de la creme, the bomb dot com, the solver of all problems…

The Problem Solver by May Lindstrom

Oh my, where do I even start? This mask fixes EVERYTHING.

A jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, salts, exotic spices, and activated bamboo charcoal brightens, heals inflammation and irritation, fades hyperpigmentation, stimulates collagen production, and treats and prevents breakouts.

The Problem Solver is a real miracle worker, as you will see a definitive difference in your skin from the first go-round. The formula is intense, though! You might feel the warming ingredients going to work while it’s on, but it never upsets my skin. (Not gonna lie, the first time I tried it, I was afraid the slight tingling was a bad thing, but no no no. My skin isn’t even slightly red when I remove it.) One of the great skin beautifiers in this mask is cayenne pepper. Yep! Cayenne stimulates circulation, enabling fresh blood, oxygen, and vital nutrients to reach the cells.

However, despite being warming and intense, it completely restores balance to even the most delicate complexions. It is especially beneficial for those of you that struggle with severe acne, rosacea, psoriasis and all types of inflammatory disorders. It really does it all and it’s a must-have for all complexions.

This mask comes in a powdered form, so you just mix with water before applying. Also, it lasts forever (mine usually lasts a year or more) so the price tag is totally justified.

Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask

First things first, I want to eat this mask. Seriously, I want to spread it on gluten-free toast and eat it every morning for breakfast. It is absolutely delectable, and you actually could eat it because everything Laurel produces is formulated with impeccably sourced, highly vibrant whole plants picked at their peak for unmatched transparency, purity, and results. Firmly rooted in the principles and practices of Slow Beauty, Laurel’s first and most critical relationship is with the land. Really, what this company is doing in terms of quality and farming practices is unmatched.

The Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is 100% Whole Plant Organic with 5 beneficial active ingredients and is perfect for all skin types. Just opening the jar is such a lovely experience – the scent of raw honey and berries (strawberry and blueberry) is so gorgeous, but it’s the way this mask nourishes my skin that wins me over. This mask hydrates like no other – I love that it acts as a gentle enzymatic exfoliator to slough off yesterday’s news, but when I wash it off, my skin is visibly plumper than before I applied it. I’m obsessed.

Also, I use this once in a while as a morning cleanser. I just lightly massage some of this wonder on my face and wash off for super glowing skin.

Leahlani Mermaid Mask

Just look at the deep emerald green. Could there be a more beautiful color? Gahhhhhh I love it so much.

The Mermaid Mask is a superfood treat for all skin types – a nutrient dense blend of superfood ingredients that will strengthen the skin cells, boost circulation, fight breakouts and moisturize. It’s a little powerhouse, but gentle enough that I feel comfortable letting my daughter join in on the fun.

The deep, emerald color comes from two superfood ingredients, organic chlorella and organic spirulina. The spirulina comes from a farm on the pristine coast of Hawaii, and is grown in a biosecure zone. Also, Leahlani uses the cleanest and most pure source of organic chlorella on the planet, which is grown in outdoor pools under the sunlight and contains cell walls that are “opened” or “cracked” using a specific process that preserves nutrients and increases absorption.

This is the mask I turn to when I’m less about specific treatment goals and more about glow glow glow. My daughter loves it too – she is always wanting to get in on the mermaid action.

Pro tip: be sure to add a little bit of water to emulsify the mixture before applying. The product itself is very dense and so super-packed with ingredients that I scoop a little bit into my fingers and drop a teensy bit of water into it which makes it easier to spread.


Want to win all three of these gorgeous masks? Here’s the deal:

1. Sign up for Whoorl’s weekly newsletter here.
2. Sign up for This Organic Girl’s weekly newsletter here.

(If you already followed both our newsletters before today, you can leave a comment on this post as your entry.)

Winners will be announced in each of our newsletters next weekend. Good luck to you all!

  • Payal

    September 10, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Signed up! Thanks for the rec’s.

  • Annette Lutton

    September 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Masking is pretty awesome though I try to mask when my husband is busy so that I don’t scare him. The only mask I haven’t tried of the three is Laurel’s. Sounds like I need to. Thanks for the tip for the mermaid mask.

  • Vinnie

    September 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    What if I am already subscribed to both newsletters?

    • whoorl

      September 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Well, first off, you are awesome. ;) We are posting about the giveaway on Instagram this evening and you will be able to comment (tag a friend) as an entry.

  • Kim

    September 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Are these masks better for the over 40 set compared to the Josh Rosebrook’s masks that you also posted about? Just trying to decide which masks to get. Thanks!

    • whoorl

      September 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Those are also fantastic. Can’t go wrong with any of those – just depending on what you are looking for – read my descriptions on what they do/how they work and maybe that will help you decide.

  • Angie Beddor

    September 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I already receive your weekly newsletter but I signed up to receive This Organic Girl’s newsletter. As always, thank you for all the info!

  • Linda

    September 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Woo! These are on my birthday list but would love to get them sooner!

  • Katie Burbick

    September 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Yay ? masks!! Im feeling lucky!!! ?

  • Tana Gee

    September 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Subscribe to both! Thanks! ??

  • Betsy K

    September 10, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I am Wondering, you have at one point also recommended another Laurel mask… I think, the brightening mask. I am Curious, it is also powdered and yet when I blend it it isn’t smooth at all? Am I doing something wrong? It seems kind of clumpy . Thank you!

    • whoorl

      September 10, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Love the Brighten mask for lightening sunspots! Yes, it shouldn’t be completely smooth because of the plant matter in the formulations.

      The Honey Berry mask is not powdered.

      • Betsy K

        September 11, 2018 at 12:26 am

        Thanks. I would love to win these and try it out. I subscribed to both newsletters.

  • Amy Hawk

    September 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Done and done! ? ??. Also, it’s my birthday tomorrow and guess what I want more than ANYTHING? A new mask!! ??

  • Amy Hawk

    September 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Done and done! ? ??. Also, it’s my birthday tomorrow and guess what I want more than ANYTHING? A new mask!! ??

  • Sheila

    September 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    More masks!! I need another shelf.

  • Evelyn Gow

    September 10, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Hey I’m over 50 , so I would better try start right now with all these 3 amazing products . Thanks for the recommendation ?????????

  • Holly Heilman

    September 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Masking is my fav weekly activity! These three, yes please! ???????????????

  • Liz Hood

    September 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Hooray! I already love your recommendations— the Josh Rosenblock mask is unreal, so I can’t wait to try these!

  • Holly Forseth

    September 10, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Already getting your newsletter (yay!) and added Lisa’s just now. Masking is one of my most favorite things you’ve taught me!

  • Sarah

    September 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    For thick honey masks that I need help spreading (like the leahlani mask, and I also have success using the Lilfox honey mask this way too!) I love to mist my face with a hydrating toner first, then spread the mask on my damp skin. It makes application so much easier, and I think it probably helps trap more hydration in my skin than using regular water.

  • Fernanda Iglesias

    September 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Masking is my fav self love ritual. Love you both!!

  • Sarah

    September 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Love your recommendations!!

  • Elizabeth Hicks

    September 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Love a good mask!! Signed up!

  • Lori

    September 10, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Already subscribed. :-)

  • Jessica McPherron

    September 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    I already subscribed to your newsletter but am now also signed up for This Organic Girl’s newsletter – so much information coming my way! Woo hoo!

  • Maria

    September 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    All signed up! Great giveaway!

  • Katie S.

    September 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    All signed up! I haven’t established a masking routine, but I’d love to start. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Margerie Correa

    September 10, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Wow!!! What an exciting giveaway….signed up for both newsletters, fingers crossed I wish I win. All 3 mask sound amazing ?

  • Jenna t

    September 10, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Already subscribed to both!?

  • Elaine

    September 11, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Signed up just now!

  • katie

    September 11, 2018 at 1:38 am


  • Francie

    September 11, 2018 at 3:13 am

    You got me hooked on masks, and the Problem Solver is the one I use most. One of its most magical effects is that my pores are basically invisible after I use it. I also love the great combos that are possible by mixing May’s products together.

  • Stephanie Cole

    September 11, 2018 at 6:07 am

    I already subscribe to your but I signed up for he other one!

    I’m not over 40 YET but I’m getting SO CLOSE so I’m really digging this swries

  • Dior G

    September 11, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I’ve always been super interested in May Lindstrom since I watched an interview with her. I haven’t tried her mask yet. Thank for all the info. Subscribed to both.

  • Stephanie Williams

    September 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am of course subscribed to both of you because, well you ladies rock!!

    Love to follow both of you on social media. You always have great content and suggestions. Thank you.

  • Angelica Colantuoni

    September 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

    All signed up! I also subscribe to yours but now am signed up for the other one!

  • Sheila McLaughlin

    September 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Im signed up for both, actually have been for a while. I love you guys!

  • Kier

    September 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Done! ??

  • Tanvi Berry

    September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Absolutely love the problem solver xxxxx so psyched to have discovered it ! Fingers crossed for the giveaway- honey based products are such a blessing,

  • Sarah Greising

    September 14, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Happy to be reading both newsletters!

  • Jen in TX

    September 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I belong to both newsletters. Love them!

  • Michelle Vetter

    September 14, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing these great finds, love your recommendations!

  • Laura Grabow

    September 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I love Masks and I am thinking of trying the Laurel Mask. Informative post, Thank you ?

  • Robin Brody

    September 15, 2018 at 10:33 am

    At 65 I consider myself an over 40 something! You can NEVER have enough marks at any age!