08.12.2015
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Skin Hydrating Masque
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2.5 fl. oz. for $41
Last Updated:08.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Masque used to be more irritating than beneficial, but thankfully, the formula has been revamped for the better. This mask now treats skin to an anti-aging mix of antioxidant-rich plant extracts and moisturizing ingredients galore to leave dry skin softer, smoother, and more hydrated. It isn't a complete homerun (for reasons we detail below), but it still has merit for normal to dry skin.

Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, Skin Hydrating Masque has a silky-cream lotion-like texture that smooths across skin without feeling heavy or greasy. You're instructed to allow the fragrance-free formula to absorb into skin for up to ten minutes and then rinse with tepid water. If you have very dry skin, there's absolutely no reason you couldn't just leave it on rather than rinsing. Doing so will give the beneficial ingredients more time to go to work on skin.

Speaking of the beneficial ingredients, there are several to note including the highly touted hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate on the ingredient list) which Dermalogica claims "traps moisture to deliver time-released hydration for lasting suppleness." That's actually true in terms of sodium hyaluronate's ability to absorb moisture from the environment, and this benefit adds to the overall moisturizing benefits of this mask.

On the other side, this also contains wild carrot extract (Daucus carota), which has a potential to provoke reaction for those who are allergic to the plant (Contact Dermatitis, 2014). We're not overly concerned about it in this formula, but given that it has little documented benefit for skin applied topically, we wish Dermalogica would have just left it out.

As far their claim that, "lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help restore skin's protective barrier, enhancing moisture levels for healthier, smoother skin," that's a stretch, but combined with the other emollients and skin-repairing ingredients in the formula that's possible, so we'll cut them some slack.

In the end, Skin Hydrating Masque earns a good rating for its beneficial mix of ingredients. It's a bit on the pricey side for something you're instructed to rinse off skin within ten minutes, but it's a respectable option for its intended skin type nonetheless.

Pros:
  • Treats skin to an anti-aging mix of antioxidant-rich plant extracts.
  • Moisturizing formula leaves dry skin softer, smoother, and more hydrated.
  • Hyaluronic acid helps improve skin's suppleness as claimed.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • On the pricey side for something you're instructed to rinse off of skin within ten minutes.
Claims
A refreshing, moisturizing masque to remedy dry, stressed skin. Use after cleansing to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Unique cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture to deliver time-released hydration for lasting suppleness. Help stimulate skin's Natural Moisturizing Factor while lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help restore skin's protective barrier, enhancing moisture levels for healthier, smoother skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.
Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Dimethicone, Leuconostoc/ Sorbus Aucuparia Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Codium Tomentosum Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus, (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Triethylhexanoin, Carrageenan, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Behenyl Alcohol, Cocamide MIPA, Glyceryl Oleate, Calcium Citrate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Sea Salt, Sodium, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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11.06.2014
MISTAKE REVIEW BASED ON INGREDIENTS WRONG

PAULAS CHOICE YOU HAVE THE WRONG INGREDIENTS LISTED!!!! I HAVE THIS MASK AND YOUR LIST AND REVIEW IS WRONG!!!! IT DOED NOT HAVE CLAY REWRITE YOUR REVIEW BASED ON THE CORRECT ACTUAL INGREDIENTS. THANK YOU!!!!

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Hi there! You may have an older version of this mask. The ingredient list on our site exactly matches what Dermalogica lists on their site.

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10.23.2014
Very refreshing soothing mask!

Anyway I love this mask! It is very spot bun and hydrating without being greasy! I use it if I feel dehydrated or had too much sun, I leave it on longer than recommended while I have a hydrating mask in my hair as well. After relaxing in a robe for about an hour I rinse off and my skin feels brand new!

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