The curiosity over this product has been nothing short of startling, especially when you consider the formula. Many of you have asked us about this roll-on mask that claims to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and enlarged pores, and basically improve anything you don't like about your complexion. For what this costs, it better do all that and file our tax returns, too!
Before we get to the ingredients, it's worth mentioning that no single product can do it all. No question there are products out there that can tackle multiple skin concerns, but the gamut of claims for Skincerity Nightly Breathable Mask is over the top. This product is far from a transformative treatment for skin; in fact, regular use can be a big problem for all skin types, and many skin concerns!
The main ingredient in this "breathable" mask is acetone. You read that correctly, acetone, as in nail polish remover. This ingredient is, by nature, drying, not hydrating. It immediately damages substances (such as fatty acids) in skin that keep it smooth and healthy (Sources: Journal of Applied Toxicology, August 2012, pages 537–563; Skin Research and Technology, November 2007, pages 425–435; British Journal of Dermatology, April 1999, pages 739–748; and Microscopy Research and Technique, May 1997, pages 193–199). In short, this is not an ingredient you'd want to put all over your face nightly, or even once weekly.
Interestingly, the NuCerity website refers to the acetone in Skincerity as "medical-grade acetone". Although some companies do sell different grades of acetone, that doesn't make it a must for skin! Classifications of medical or pharmaceutical for acetone still come with rather dire warnings, such as "Vapors may cause flash fire or explosion" and, for skin contact, "Prolonged or repeated contact may result in defatting and drying of the skin, causing skin irritation and dermatits (rash." So much for medical-grade acetone being better! Simply put, acetone is acetone and it's a problem for skin.
The rest of the formula includes a polymer chemical often used in Teflon-coated cookware, vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), a film-forming agent typically seen in hairsprays, water, grape oil, and fragrance. That's it!
Between the acetone and the film-forming agent you're getting the "breathable barrier" that is supposed to function like a second skin, but for the most part the formula deprives your skin of what it needs to look and act younger. A water- or silicone-based antioxidant serum loaded with skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients can do so much more, all without the problems acetone presents—and bear in mind that removing Skincerity requires effort; it won't just wash off with your cleanser.
We cannot express emphatically enough what a waste of time and money this product is, but even if you have all the time and money in the world, please don't bother with this product. The toning and tightening you'll feel is from the acetone, and that's due its damaging, dehydrating properties. The good ingredients this contains (including vitamin E and grape seed oil) are found in numerous other products that don't put your skin at risk for irritation and, in all likelihood, more problems.
- Contains a known skin irritant (acetone) as its main ingredient.
- Cannot deliver on its claims, other than the tight feeling acetone leaves (but that's not helpful for anyone's skin).
- Sort of like rolling hairspray on skin.
- Contains only a limited amount of proven beneficial ingredients.