Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
Glow Recipe’s Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask feels so good that we hate to dock its rating, but between its jar packaging and the inclusion of a couple of irritating ingredients, it fails to rank among the very best.
This comes in a faceted glass jar (more on that in a moment) that bears a rough resemblance to an avocado. Inside is a thick, rich cream that spreads easily across skin and sinks in quickly. Skin immediately feels hydrated and soothed and looks plumped in the morning.
As advertised, this contains four forms of avocado, three of them front and center as the first three ingredients. Avocado is a rich source of fatty acids that replenish skin, as well as antioxidants. There’s also antioxidant apple extract, as well as soothing skullcap and licorice root.
Unfortunately, there are additions here that aren’t so welcome, including lavender and geranium flower waters. These aren’t as problematic as the oil forms of each, but fragrance ingredients like these still pose a rose of irritating skin (see More Info for details).
Another issue is that the jar packaging exposes the antioxidants and natural fatty acids in the formula to light and air, both of which can cause those ingredients to break down (see More Info for the scoop on that as well).
While this product has a lot of appealing aspects, the drawbacks keep it from ranking among our best face masks.
- Spreads easily and absorbs quickly, leaving skin hydrated and plumped.
- Contains four forms of avocado, which is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Including soothing skullcap and licorice extracts.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Packaged in a jar, meaning its beneficial ingredients are at risk of losing their potency.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask is a creamy yet breathable sleeping mask that nourishes and softens dry, tired skin overnight. It’s a quick fix to eliminating dry flakes and dull skin. Try it once and you’ll want to #avocuddle all the time, trust us.
Glow Recipe got its start as a website, created by co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang. Lee and Chang leveraged a combined 20 years in the beauty business in both the U.S. and Korea (they worked for L’Oreal in both countries), to get Korean-based beauty brands to sell their products on an American-based platform. The goal: to create a one-stop-shopping destination for American consumers curious about the trends and products of the Korean beauty industry (K-Beauty).
In time, as the site’s popularity grew, Lee and Chang decided to branch out and create their own line of products under the Glow Recipe name. To that end, the brand focuses on a small but curated group of trend-driven skin care products, with bright, eye-catching packaging and fruity fragrances.
Though most Glow Recipe products are in clear packaging (which doesn’t protect delicate ingredients from light exposure), and some products come in jars that don’t protect them from light or air, the formulary concepts are all intriguing.
Each product contains a good complement of antioxidants, plus moisturizing and skin-soothing ingredients. A few even include alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, too. Though the products contain fragrance, it’s not overwhelming; however, because even small amounts of fragrance still have the potential to irritate skin, their ratings were held back.
To learn more about Glow Recipe, visit www.glowrecipe.com.
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