Sarah Palin’s home state is a gold mine of natural resources, and while we don’t want to tap into all of them, we’re pretty happy that Alaska Glacial Mud Co. has poached their dirt to use on our faces. Their skin care spa therapy products, including the Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Mask, are made of glacial mineral mud, hand-harvested from the Copper River Delta in Alaska. The mud contains naturally occurring trace elements that the company says help cleanse and moisturize skin, like magnesium, copper, zinc, sulfur, silver, silica, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.
We tried out their mud masks and we were impressed: Unlike a lot of mud masks, it didn’t actually sap our skin of all moisture or make it Go Rogue from overzealous cleansing; it actually left our skin feeling cleaner and more balanced. It’s also natural, paraben-free, and contains certified organic extracts of several antioxidants, including vitamins e and b5, so we felt like we were doing something good for our skin without exposing it to harsh ingredients and chemicals.
We’re also happy to find a beauty product that keeps the environment in mind. The mud is sustainably harvested. (The river deposits millions of tons of mud per year, so it’s not in short supply.) They also pledge 10% of their profits to eco-friendly causes like wilderness preservation and habitat restoration in the Copper River watershed, and their products are all biodegradable and come in recyclable containers.