Cica Repair Sleep Paste
YourGoodSkin’s Cica Repair Sleep Paste is a good, moisturizing overnight mask for normal to dry skin – but a few formulary changes would’ve made it truly great.
The first thing this mask gets right is the packaging: it comes in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its beneficial-but-vulnerable ingredients from breaking down in the presence of light and air. The texture isn’t quite that of a paste, as described. Though it certainly appears that way at first glance, once spread it quickly warms up to become more syrupy (still somewhat thick, but not impossible to work with).
Speaking of application, YourGoodSkin includes a silicone paddle with a handle. It’s not necessary (using clean fingers to apply works fine), but it works very well to spread the paste, and the flexible silicone bends well around facial curves.
YourGoodSkin says to let this sit on skin for 5 to 10 minutes, then rub what hasn’t absorbed into skin with your fingers. We found this worked well, though we should note that even after absorption skin still felt a bit slick (this is definitely a nighttime product!). But it’s definitely moisturizing, and leaves skin looking plumper and rehydrated.
Turning to the ingredients, this includes cocoa butter, skin-conditioning panthenol, plus skin-soothing bisabolol and antioxidant vitamin C. While there is some antioxidant-rich Centella asiatica leaf extract here as claimed, it’s near the very end of the ingredient list, meaning you’re not getting much of it, likely too little to gain most of its benefit.
In fact, that is the only real quibble we have with this product: we’d just like to see a more robust lineup of skin-beneficial ingredients. For a product that’s supposed to strengthen skin’s barrier, more antioxidants and strengthening ingredients such as ceramides (there’s one in the mix) would be welcome.
Still, it’s not a bad product by any means, and one that does a good job bringing moisture to dry skin.
- Includes skin-conditioning, skin-soothing, and antioxidant ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional barrier repairing ingredients.
YourGoodSkin's Cica Sleep Paste Mask containing Centella Asiatica strengthens and helps repair the skin's barrier overnight.
Launched in 2017, YourGoodSkin is the result of an alliance between UK pharmacy mega-brand Boots and American drugstore giant Walgreens. According to company lore, YourGoodSkin is the result of years of development and research involving scientists, dermatologists, and thousands of members of its target audience—women looking for skin care products to address their specific concerns.
In fact, the brand says it surveyed thousands of women and had them test the products before they went to market. This resulted in over 20 products claiming to address a wide range of skin concerns, from dryness to acne.
Consumer testing before finalizing products for launch can deliver some helpful insights and valuable feedback, but a brand’s scientific understanding of what skin needs to improve—and what it doesn’t need—carries even more weight than anecdotal evidence.
YourGoodSkin gets more right than wrong, and it’s certainly a value-priced collection. While there aren’t any true anti-aging powerhouse formulas in the mix, there are some decent moisturizers for those on tighter budgets.
The brand excels at cleansers and makeup removers, with even a couple of top-notch scrubs included; this category is where we recommend directing your time and attention.
The biggest misstep YourGoodSkin makes is in its approach to treating acne and oily skin. Nearly every product designed for these concerns relies heavily on an old-school, irritating approach that includes drying alcohol, fragrance, and even sulfur, all of which can serve to make oily skin and acne worse.
For more information on YourGoodSkin, visit https://www.yourgoodskin.com/.
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