This peel-off mask recycles an older Arden mask known as Peel & Reveal Revitalizing Treatment. Although the packaging has changed, the formula remains bad news for all skin types. Alcohol is the second ingredient listed, and this unnecessarily fragrant mask contains irritating plant extracts such as lemon (in a rather high amount) and rosemary as well. In short, about the only thing this mask will reveal is skin that's been dried out and irritated!
There are much better masks to refine the look of pores or improve the appearance of wrinkles, but ultimately what you do once or twice per week by applying a mask pales in comparison to the effects of what you do in your daily skin-care routine. Still, if you're a fan of masks, you'll find vastly superior options on our list of Best Facial Masks.
Note: Although this mask is packaged in a jar and jar packaging presents a problem for light- and air-sensitive ingredients, because this mask has such a poor formulation it doesn't really matter if the other ingredients remain stable.
- Antiquated mask formula does a poor job of refining pores and wrinkles.
- Contains a high amount of skin-damaging, pro-aging alcohol.
- Amount of the irritant lemon extract is cause for concern.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Just smooth on to cleansed skin, relax for 15-20 minutes while mask dries, then peel it off to reveal skin that looks truly revitalized, smooth and glowing. You’ll love how this mask minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Enjoy using it 1-2 times weekly.
Water, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Retinyl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Tridecyl Salicylate, PEG-40 Stearate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sorbitan Stearate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Dimethicone, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Zinc Oxide.
Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.
Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.
Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.
For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.
Elizabeth Arden Makeup
Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.
In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.