BRIGHTEN MASK: Phyto Defense + Repair
The Brighten Mask: Phyto Defense + Repair is bursting with vitamin C and all of its vital cofactors, along with delicate raw fruit acids, to lighten discoloration. Its phytonutrient density works to repair discoloration damage on a deeper level, while it strengthens and firms connective tissue. The concentrated vibrancy of this mask is truly unmatched and benefits are seen after as little as one use.
This mask is one where whole plant science gets to shine beyond any doubt. While there is no question that ascorbic acid is of benefit to skin health, there is more research emerging that it is even more powerful when in the presence of polyphenols, bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and other antioxidants. All of these antioxidants are never found in nature without one another; therefore, they are all found in perfect harmony in the Brighten Mask. In addition to this beautiful activity from the vitamin C-dense fruits in this mask, many of the herbs also standout for sun damage and repair. Gotu kola (for connective tissue strength), calendula (for barrier support and carotenoid activity), and comfrey (for cell proliferation and regeneration), are all present and mindfully sourced from Laurel’s local artisan farms.
Containing 13 beneficial active ingredients and 100% whole plant organic, this mask is a beautiful choice for sun damaged / mature / scarred skin.
Camu Camu – Laurel’s raw, organically cultivated camu camu is one of the highest plant sources of vitamin C in the world. Even better, since it’s in whole plant form, it contains all its beneficial cofactors and bioflavonoids. It has shown to support natural collagen production, brighten skin, and repair the cellular damage which leads to discoloration and loss of elasticity.
Rosehip Fruit – Rosehip fruit has a unique chemical make-up that includes high vitamin C content as well as vitamin E and vitamin A, making the fruit an excellent brightener. It has been used for centuries and studied at length for its ability to reduce the appearance of scars, repair deep cellular damage, and minimize the appearance of fine lines by supporting collagen and connective tissue.
Frankincense – Laurel’s certified organic frankincense is distilled in Vermont by a family who travels to Somalia each year for harvesting. This ingredient has been used for centuries to revitalize the skin by reducing the appearance of scars and fine lines.
Carrot Seed – This oil contains carotenoids and specific nutrients that have proven to help prevent sun damage from occurring as well as repair UV damage related symptoms such as discoloration and loss of elasticity.
Gotu Kola – Gotu kola is a plant that supports connective tissue and collagen by protecting it and encouraging new growth. Laurel’s gotu kola is the most vibrant in the world and grown exclusively for them by a nearby farm. It is a plant that Laurel truly cannot do without in any vibrant-aging formula.
Camu Camu˚, Rosehip Fruit˚, Acerola Berry˚, Gotu Kola˚, Calendula˚, Comfrey˚, Orange Peel˚; Essential Oils of Frankincense˚, Carrot Seed˚, Lemon˚, Cistus˚, Sweet Orange˚
˚signifies certified organic ingredient
Apply 1 teaspoon or less of Brighten Mask to mask bowl and trickle a bit of water in with your fingertips to preferred consistency. Mix with a brush into a slightly runny paste and allow to steep like tea for a few minutes. Allowing the mask to steep will cause it to thicken and will further activate ingredients. Once ready to apply, moisten face and hands. Apply gently to face and neck with fingertips or a mask brush. Leave on for 10-30 minutes, then rinse. Keep mask hydrated to keep mask active and to prevent drying on the skin. The longer the mask is left on the more frequently it will need to be rehydrated to stay active. Re-hydrate it with a brush, fingertips, or a mister bottle of water.
Use within 12 months of opening and within 24 months of manufacture date on the bottom of the jar. Keep jar dry to prevent spoilage.
“I believe love is the most powerful healing tool available.” -Laurel Shaffer, Laurel Skin founder + skin-specific herbalist
Founded by skin-specific herbalist + plant communicator + engine of love Laurel Shaffer and located in a beautiful renovated barn in Petaluma, California, Laurel Skin is the culmination of Laurel’s winding journey filled with education, research, and extensive study that led to her path as a sommelier, and eventually skin-specific herbalist. Those formal training paths, as well as her experience in farm, spa, and mindful wellness, have made it possible for her to live the life of a slow beauty advocate and creator of farm-based and hyper-localized spa rituals and formulas. She walks a balance beam with one side in wonderment and appreciation of phytochemistry and the other a world of intuitive trust and respect for whole plant wisdom and ancient traditions. That balance allows her to create formulas of long-standing efficacy.
The Laurel Skin line is a ritualistic range of flower and herb-based skincare, 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. Her exclusive partnerships with local artisan farmers ensure the highest quality and most stringent transparency. Their mutual commitment to only 100% organic, raw, unrefined plant materials guarantees unparalleled freshness and efficacy. Laurel Skin believes beauty should be a loving self-care practice that begins and ends with mindfulness.
Leading the way with unparalleled sourcing, a commitment to farmers, and a mission built on transparency, the Laurel Skin line captures California’s hearty terrain and natural abundance in each and every bottle, and relies on their own manufacturing and production capabilities to ensure the freshest, most efficacious products are produced.
Every single whole plant they work with is certified organic or certified Biodynamic®, and they make no exceptions. Laurel Skin partners with artisan farms within 100 miles of their Lab to source all of the flowers and herbs that can grow in their California climate. They begin working with their partnering farms in the Winter during seeding and continue through to harvesting season when each plant is picked at their peak of vitality. Once the plants are harvested, they make their way to the Laurel Skin Lab where they are turned into plant medicine for the skin. Of course, each plant is processed as little as possible to maintain the freshness, purity, and vitality of each plant. Laurel extracts are made in-house, without the use of chemicals, to preserve the integrity and efficacy of the whole plant. All oils used in Laurel Skin creations are certified organic or Biodynamic®, raw, cold pressed, unrefined, and pressed fresh for Laurel by the farms that grow them or by artisan pressers. Their oils are richly hued and have an unmistakably fresh smell: indicators that they are pure and unrefined. Laurel uses only certified organic and Biodynamic® essential oils; many of which are distilled in incredibly small batches just for the Laurel line. Every hydrosol they use is certified organic or Biodynamic® and made exclusively for Laurel Skin by their artisan partnering farmers along the west coast.
Laurel Skin is committed to your health, well-being and, as a result, your beauty. Their commitment begins with the quality of the soil that nourishes and optimizes the ingredients they select. This is the foundation of slow beauty. The Laurel team then follows each ingredient from seed to harvest. Through the season it takes to grow their plants, to the months their handmade blends sit steeping, to the hours they spend bottling each batch, the Laurel Skin team practices slow beauty with patience and intention. Their greatest reward is knowing you feel this when you use their products.