This moisturizing mask has a lush texture that could bring immediate relief to dry, parched skin, but the longer you leave it on, the more your skin could be at risk of irritation (and collagen breakdown) from the many fragrant oils this contains. Peppermint, rosemary, sage, and thyme work much better for cooking than they do when applied to skin because each contains volatile fragrance ingredients that serve as a source of irritation (see More Info for details).
Adding to this product’s ultra-bad formulation is its jar packaging, which will diminish the effectiveness and stability of the good ingredients in this mask (refer to More Info to find out why). So, in the end, this is a mask you can leave at the spa. (And make sure the spa technician doesn’t apply it to you when you’re getting a facial!)
- Contains some good emollients to help restore and replenish dry skin.
- A mix of potent fragrant oils serves as a source of skin irritation, not benefits.
- Jar packaging won’t keep key ingredients stable during use.
Irritation, including from fragrant oils, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The fact that this mask is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).