Ultimately this mask will not lift or correct even one month off your age. What is ultimate is how emollient and rich this plant oil and Vaseline-based mask will feel on dry to very dry skin. It also has an interesting mix of skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants. While not as loaded with beneficial ingredients as many other Lauder products, this isn’t quite a slacker, either. But before you pull out your charge card what is problematic is the amount of sandalwood extract it contains, there is more of this fragrant extract than almost any of the ingredients that really benefit aging skin. Though exceptionally aromatic, sandalwood is a fragrant ingredient that is not the best for skin. See More Info to learn why fragrance is a problem for all skin types.
One more point: This also contains pearl powder. What you’ll find online about pearl powder in cosmetics is a long list of claims from companies using it but there is no research supporting any of those promises. Anecdotes of mystical Chinese preparations or secrets of Cleopatra are as realistic as thinking the world is flat. In the real world, pearls are nothing more than calcium carbonate and like gold they have no benefit for skin.
This would be worthwhile as a mask or leave-on moisturizer for dry skin if it weren’t for the fragrance. Though even ignoring that shortcoming, this much money for a mask with no chance of lifting your skin is something that should give you pause.
Routine use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (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 intensively hydrating, exquisitely rich mask gives skin an immediate moisture boost. Skin looks firmer, more lifted. Deep nourishers and advanced lifting ingredients smooth, soften and revitalize skin.
Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Squalane, PEG-100 Stearate, Petrolatum, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isocetyl Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Whey Protein, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Caffeine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Sodium RNA, Sucrose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ergothioneine, Glucose Oxidase, Pearl Powder, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glucose, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gold, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytosphingosine, Polysorbate 80, Propanediol, Tourmaline, Citric Acid, Arginine, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactoperoxidase, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Yellow 5, Titanium Dioxide
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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