Botanical Effects Mask 1

by Mary Kay  
Price:
$14 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:
7/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

The only thing really botanical about this product is the name! The plant extracts are few and far between, and there are plenty of synthetic ingredients. This is a good, though unexciting, moisturizing mask for normal to dry skin, but that’s about it. The formula isn’t ideal for sensitive skin because it contains one potentially troublesome plant extract (discussed below) and lacks a good range of proven soothing ingredients.

One possible problem to consider is that it contains milk thistle, which can cause allergic or sensitizing reactions for someone with hay fever (Source: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, www.naturaldatabase.com), making it questionable for those with sensitive skin as claimed.

Pros:
  • Contains some effective moisturizing ingredients for dry skin.
  • Creamy texture feels elegant.
  • Relatively inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Not as “botanical” as the name and claims state.
  • Lacks a good range of soothing ingredients for sensitive skin.

This mask gently exfoliates as it improves skin texture. Replenishes hydration, and skin looks smooth and feels renewed. Contains a special antioxidant-rich botanical complex, is hypoallergenic, and formulated without synthetic dyes or added fragrance. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol DimethacrylateCrosspolymer, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Betaine, SilybumMarianum Fruit Extract, LinumUsitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, MomordicaGrosvenorii Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Carbomer, Palmitic Acid, C12-16 Alcohols, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com

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