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Just What Exactly IS Mastic Gum?

27 Jun 2019
Just What Exactly IS Mastic Gum?

Mastic Gum is a plant resin that is known for its astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Sourced from a Greek island, it is an ancient ingredient that has found its way into modern day cosmetics as an active ingredient. So let’s look into how mastic gum has been included in cosmetics and how it can actually benefit your skin.

 Mastic gum is known for its powerful ability to improve the health of your skin. It does this by controlling the excretion of sebum in the skin to reduce oiliness and its associated acne and breakouts. It clears and refines skin and also soothes irritated skin, resulting in a reduction of redness and thereby promoting a more even and balanced skin tone. It also eliminates microcysts and comedones which are the small bumps that occur particularly on the chin and forehead like blackheads and whiteheads. Overall the result is less shiny skin with a smoother look and feel.

Mastic gum also boosts collagen production the skin, making it more elastic and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves the clarity and radiance of skin. It is also particularly powerful in its use as an astringent. It tightens and tones the skin, visibly improving the appearance and reducing the size of pores. With its ability to reduce blackheads and whiteheads while toning and tightening skin, regular use of mastic gum topically results in a wonderfully youthful appearance to your skin with a matte finish.  

 These properties of mastic gum are evident in the products that we carry with it as an active ingredient. Most notable of these is the Mastic Must Pore Refining Facial Mask by Niod, a transparent masque for efficient, yet innocuous, cleaning and visible refinement of pores and impurities, resulting in immediate and maintainable visible reduction in both the number and the size of pores. In this formula, mastic gum binds to congestion like gum but it doesn't bind to oil or water. It purifies and shrinks the look of pores without drying.

We also carry a range of makeup by Ilia Beauty that use mastic gum including the Liquid Light Serum Highlighter, the True Skin Radiant Priming Serum, the True Skin Serum Concealer, and the True Skin Serum Foundation.



Liquid Light Serum Highlighter

Liquid Light is a unique gel based formula that illuminates, and gives a natural dewy finish to the skin

Cleanly formulated with a blend of organic and natural botanicals the serum-like consistency melts into skin and provides a boost of freshness on contact with a soft wash of metallic glow. Marine actives help protect against UV light and pollution.

  • Atomic - Simmering Pink Pearl
  • Astrid - Shimmering Rose Gold
  • Nova - Shimmering Soft Gold

Cruelty Free | Vegan | No silicone, gluten, soy, nanoparticles, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes.


True Skin Radiant Priming Serum

A clean, silicone-free priming serum with skincare benefits and a radiant finish that preps skin for long-lasting makeup wear.

Hibiscus Extract: Helps to protect against free radical damage.
Mastic: Helps to mattify the look of skin throughout the day.
Beta-Glucan: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Cruelty Free, Face, Fragrance Free, Gluten Free, Primer, Silicone Free, Skincare, True Skin, Vegan.

True Skin Serum Concealer

Enriched with stabilized vitamin C and albizia julibrissin bark extract, True Skin Serum Concealer protects the skin from free radicals and environmental damage while helping to firm, soothe and nourish the skin’s surface. Mastic, a resin from a tree that grows on the Greek island of Chios, works to mattify and refine skin throughout the day. Featherweight on application, it immediately reduces the appearance of dark circles and discolorations, leaving skin slightly brightened and flawless.

  • Stabilized Vitamin C: Supports skin’s natural defenses, as well as natural collagen.
  • Mastic: Helps to mattify and refine the look of skin throughout the day.
  • Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness.


True Skin Serum Foundation.

True Skin Serum Foundation is a complexion-perfecting, serum-infused foundation that’s equal parts skincare and color correction.

Weightlessly delivers buildable medium coverage with a silky finish while nourishing with a powerful blend of botanical actives that leaves skin looking like skin. Aloe leaf, rose hip, jojoba and marula oils soothe irritations tame redness, plump fine lines, and ensure the formula effortlessly melts into skin for a more even, luminous appearance. Blurs imperfections and minimizes pores for a complexion that looks refined and refreshed.

  • Aloe Leaf Extract: Helps to soothe and nourish, while binding moisture to the skin.
  • Mastic: Refines the look of pores and naturally mattifies; works over time to reduce the appearance of future breakouts.
  • Jojoba Oil: Rich in vitamins and minerals, reduces dryness and provides a healthy glow.
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