Rapid Transport C Infused Hydrating Gel Mask

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$26.50 - 4.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Masks
Last Updated:
8/24/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Unknown

This is a very standard, poorly formulated gel mask. All you’re getting beyond water and gel-based thickeners is a tiny amount of vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), a skin-repairing ingredient, and fragrant citrus extracts likely included to reinforce the vitamin C theme. Your skin needs far more than what is in here: The vitamin C is nice, but the other elements of this mask make it far more problematic than beneficial.

Overall, this formula is minimally hydrating and ultimately disappointing, especially when you consider the vitamin C won’t remain stable because this mask is packaged in a jar. See More Info to learn why jar packaging is a problem.

Pros:

  • None; this is truly a waste-of-time product.

Cons:

  • Very basic formula is minimally moisturizing.
  • Contains citrus extracts that put skin at risk of irritation.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the touted ingredient (vitamin C) stable during use.

More Info:

The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so 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 which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Drench parched skin with moisture. Adrienne knows that dry skin can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles, and developed this luxurious gel mask to give aging, mature skin a lavish moisture boost. You'll absolutely love the look and feel of your complexion!

Water, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Trisodium EDTA, Polysorbate 20, Nonoxynol 12, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Yellow 6

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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