03.19.2014
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Hydra-Masque
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1.9 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Facial Masks > Moisturizing/Firming Masks
Last Updated:03.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We nearly fell asleep after reading the ingredient list for this yawn-inducing, essentially do-nothing, perfume-enhanced mask. It's merely an average option for normal to dry skin that smells nice, but fragrance isn't skin care.

This moisturizing mask contains a few intriguing ingredients, but nothing special or unique that makes it worth buying if you're already using an emollient facial moisturizer. If you're already using one, slather the moisturizer on your skin and add a few drops of non-fragrant oil for an overnight hydration boost that will have your skin looking plumped and smooth the next morning. Such a combination beats products like Hydra-Masque any day of the week!

Pros:
  • Contains some good moisturizing ingredients for dry skin.
Cons:
  • Boring formula that contains nothing unique to make it worth a splurge.
  • Claims of regenerating skin's barrier aren't supported by the ingredients, as there are several superior barrier-repair ingredients missing.
  • Contains perfume, which can cause skin irritation.
Claims

This formulation combines the hydrating effect of a mask with the gentleness and effectiveness of a skin care cream to restore skin hydration levels in just a few minutes. It will hydrate, stimulate and restructure the skin as it reinforces and regenerates the cutaneous barrier.

Ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sesamum Indicum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenyl Trimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Oleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cera Alba, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, 1-2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, BHT, Parfum, Citric Acid, BHT, Parfum, Citric Acid.

Brand Overview

Embryolisse At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.

This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.

The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!

Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrance—something sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimed—at least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.

For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.

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