Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask
Farmacy’s Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask has some positive qualities you’re sure to like if you’re a sheet mask fan, but it’s also not among the best options available.
This single-use, disposable gel mask comes in a foil packet and is saturated in a skin care solution, but not so much that it becomes a drippy mess. It adheres to skin easily to skin during the 10 to 15 minutes you’re instructed to leave it on. Once you remove the cloth mask, you simply let the remaining solution absorb into skin. The result is noticeable softness and hydration, and the solution itself absorbs quickly.
One note: Farmacy says this mask forms more closely to the contours of the face than other sheet masks because of its gel-like texture. While that’s somewhat true (it adheres better than some paper-like sheet masks), it’s not a unique property; there are many other gel sheet masks that fit just as well. Plus, a better fit doesn’t mean that you’ll get better delivery of ingredients, and certainly not anything superior to using a well-formulated serum that you can apply directly to skin.
When it comes to supporting this product’s claims, there are some impressive ingredients here, including skin-brightening niacinamide, antioxidants echinacea and broccoli extracts, skin-soothing allantoin, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate. There’s also collagen, which can replenish skin and hydrate it (though not firm it as claimed). Since the skin care solution the mask is soaked in is left on even after the mask is removed, all of these have time to provide benefits.
Unfortunately, they’re accompanied by some not-so-great additions, too. Among them are citrus oils, ginger oil, and fragrant ylang-ylang oil. Each one of these puts skin at risk from irritation, which can cause some of the skin problems this mask is designed to prevent (see More Info for details).
While Brightening Coconut Gel Sheet Mask has some positives, we can’t recommend it above other masks that are gentler to your skin and still have great ingredients.
- Mask adheres well to skin and isn’t messy or drippy.
- Contains numerous skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Contains fragrant oils that pose a risk of irritating skin.
- Doesn’t “fit” or contour to the face better than lots of other sheet masks.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
These coconut water infused gel masks hug the contours of the face better than conventional sheet masks for intense hydration, exceptional comfort and enhanced delivery of essence. Purple broccoli extract brightens and clarifies by providing antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Vegan-friendly plant-based collagen helps promote firming and lifting benefits for a youthful appearance.
Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.
As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.
Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.
As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.
We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.
Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.
There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.
To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.
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