Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask
Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask from Skinfix gets more right than it does wrong, and even with its packaging concern (detailed below) can still be worth considering if you have normal to dry skin prone to redness.
This overnight mask—which can easily replace your nighttime moisturizer—is loaded with hydrating and soothing ingredients. The mix of glycerin, olus (vegetable) oil, and propanediol builds a formidable shield against moisture loss, helping to keep skin soft and supple. In a word, the silky cream texture of this mask feels wonderful.
Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask makes good its claims of soothing reddened, sensitive skin because it contains several proven anti-irritants, although these ingredients are facing an uphill battle because of how this mask is packaged.
Jar packaging is this mask’s biggest downside. It’s nice that this mask is generously sized, which also makes the price easier to accept; however, the formula’s natural ingredients and vitamins are prone to deteriorate with repeated exposure to light and air, exactly what happens each time you open a jar, not to mention the hygiene issue of dipping fingers in to a water-based formula. See More Info for details.
A lesser issue that’s still worth mentioning is the inclusion of some fragrant plant extracts. This mask doesn’t have a strong scent, but ingredient like jasmine, sandalwood, ylang ylang (Canaga odorata) and orange peel extracts all pose a risk of irritating skin. Thankfully there are soothing ingredients to help reduce this risk, but we prefer that such ingredients put all their efforts to improving your skin rather than protecting it from troublesome ingredients that really don’t need to be there.
This mask comes close to being a great option, but isn’t the wisest choice if your main concern is sensitive, redness-prone skin.
- Loaded with hydrating and soothing ingredients.
- Excellent for replenishing and rehydrating skin overnight.
- Silky cream texture feels wonderful.
- Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
- Contains some fragrant extracts that pose a risk of irritating skin.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Ingredients: 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
A super concentrated rich cream gel that helps to break the cycle of chronic redness, while providing intense, lasting hydration. This nightly treatment is formulated with our natural redness reducing complex of peptides, soothing oatmeal, concentrated green tea and manuka honey extracts that help to calm reactive skin. Our restorative blend of ceramides 1, 3 and 6, plant based cholesterol and fatty acids reinforce the skin barrier for healthier skin. Mini particle sized hyaluronic acid penetrate quicker and go deeper into skin to replenish and optimize skin's natural moisture levels.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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