Tested on animals:Yes
Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask has the look and smell of scrumptious berry yogurt, but what does that have to do with skincare? As it turns out, not much, which is why this mask is more a "why bother?" than a must-have! What makes your nose happy isn't always going to do the same for your skin.
This falls short of being a reparative facial mask partially due to its powerfully fragranced scent. The added fragrance, especially to such a degree and as lovely as it may smell to some, can potentially irritate skin, both on the surface where you can see it as well as below the surface where you can't (see More Info for the full scoop). Another issue is the jar packaging, which allows the numerous berry-related antioxidants to break down more rapidly (see More Info), meaning your skin won't reap their benefits for long.
As for the rest of the formula, there isn't evidence or research that yogurt stimulates collagen production as Laneige claims, but dry skin will benefit from the moisturizing emollients shea and cocoa butter, as well as from the skin-repairing ingredients glycerin and squalane.
By the way, if you're wondering if Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask gets its light pink tint from the "multiberry" complex, the answer is no—it's from the coloring agent red 33. That's not a bad thing, but it serves no purpose other than to create a specific visual perception of the product.
In the end, without the added fragrance and in more stable packaging, we'd give Laneige credit for creating a moisturizing, antioxidant-rich mask, but as is, there's really no reason to settle, considering there are plenty of other top-rated facial masks that surpass this.
- Contains moisturizing emollients and skin-repairing ingredients ideal for replenishing dry skin.
- High amounts of added fragrance pose a potential risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging allows the "multiberry" complex of antioxidants to deteriorate.
Irritation from High Amounts of Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, 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 that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012; and The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)