Calming & Toning Mask

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$24 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:
4/7/2010
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No
Meant to be an escape from the stresses of daily life, this mask ends up being a stressful experience for your skin. It contains fragrant oils known to irritate skin plus several fragrance chemicals that have the same effect. This mask makes skin feel softer and smoother, but so do numerous others that don’t present the risk of irritation Calming & Toning Mask does. Several of the fragrant oils in this mask can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Relax and revive from the stress of everyday life with this luxurious escape for your complexion. Mint Extract soothes and calms skin, while Allantoin, Aloe Vera and Chamomile provide nourishing moisture for even the most delicate skin. Use any time for just 20 minutes or apply at bedtime for a nightly rescue and wake up refreshed and radiant. Show your beauty, not your stress!
Water, Yeast Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Squalane, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Orange Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Algae Extract, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Peppermint Extract, Spearmint Extract, Rosewood Oil, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Vanilla Plantifolia Fruit, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetareth-20, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool

Is there something about acting talent or being beautiful that is equal to knowledge? We guess there must be, because having celebrities endorse products is big business the world over. It is simply amazing to me that Victoria Principal can convince women that they can have great skin like she does by using her skin-care routine. In fact, Victoria Principal's infomercial is one of the most successful ever.

Victoria Principal's skin-care products were originally formulated and manufactured by Aida Thibiant, a Beverly Hills aesthetician who ran a successful skin-care boutique and cosmetics manufacturing business there for years. Because the Guthy Renker Corporation that markets and distributes the line felt they no longer needed Thibiant to establish Principal's credentials, they severed ties with her in 1995. That isn't good or bad, it just means it isn't Principal's own skin-care genius behind these products.

This is a line with deals, or at least that's what they appear to be on the surface. Look a little deeper and these are just expensive products, and the deals are smoke and mirrors. You can buy groups of products for what appears to be a much-reduced price, but if you really don't need all those products, or if some of them are poorly formulated (like many of the sunscreens, products for blemish-prone skin, and moisturizers) you would be wasting your money, and that's no bargain.

The big deal with this brand today is the Reclaim line. Almost all of the Principal Secret Reclaim products contain the ingredient acetyl hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), an ingredient in many of the products that claim to work like Botox. Indirectly, the same claim is used for these products, which promise to soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles that result from repeated facial expressions, which is what Botox injections accomplish brilliantly. As a brief review of what we have previously written about Argireline, this peptide is synthetically derived, and supposedly has the ability to relax muscles that would normally contract to form the facial expressions that lead to wrinkles. According to the ingredient manufacturer, it does this by modifying the release of catecholamines, which are compounds that occur naturally in the body and serve as neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine, adrenaline, and dopamine. However, you would not want a cosmetic to affect any of those substances, because if it did, it could lead to a host of new problems.

Despite Principal Secret's enthusiasm for this ingredient, there is still no substantiated proof that it works as claimed. Further, we don't know the long-term adverse effects of applying acetyl hexapeptide-3 to skin. If it really worked to relax facial muscles, it would work all over the face (assuming you're using the products, and this line contains dozens of them, as directed) (Source: Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2005, pages 521–524). If all the muscles in your face were relaxed from topical application of acetyl hexapeptide-3, you'd have sagging, not youthful, skin. But then no cosmetics company would ever put such a claim on their products!

The makeup from Principal Secret isn't anything special. There are some good products, but nothing that cannot be found for less money at the drugstore. A strong point for color: it is well edited and designed to be simple, which many women will appreciate.

For more information on the products, feel free to visit their website www.principalsecret.com.

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