Basically, what you’re getting in this formula is a clay mask with gritty particles of lime peel powder, magnesium aluminum silicate, and apricot seed powder, along with a couple of problematic plant extracts.
The clay definitely will absorb oil, but depending on how oily your skin is, the result can be short-lived. The scrub particles can be too abrasive, and leaving them on the skin until the mask dries presents a risk of irritation that isn’t good for anyone’s skin.
The formula also includes a potentially irritating amount of a cleansing agent, TEA-lauryl sulfate, as well as two plant extracts—Plumeria alba and giant water lily—known to be irritating. None of that is helpful for any skin type.
The milk thistle this contains has some interesting antioxidant properties, but it also can be a potent allergen or sensitizer for those prone to hay fever (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
- Scrub agents feel gritty and can be needlessly abrasive on skin.
- Leaving the scrub particles on your skin (which is what happens when you use this as a mask) can cause further irritation.
- Contains fragrant plants that can be sensitizing.
Irritation, 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).
This mask deep cleans as it gently exfoliates. Restores radiance and adapts to your skin’s needs, leaving it looking healthier and feeling nourished. Contains a special antioxidant-rich botanical complex, is hypoallergenic, and formulated without synthetic dyes or added fragrance. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Water, Kaolin, Isocetyl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Paraffin, Triethanolamine, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Powder, Bentonite, PrunusArmeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Cetyl Alcohol , RubusIdaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Wax, Propylene Glycol, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, NymphaeaGigantea Flower Extract, SilybumMarianum Fruit Extract, MomordicaGrosvenorii Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Titanium Dioxide
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.