Detox Face Mask
Kylie Skin’s Detox Face Mask is a viable option for anyone with congested pores and oily skin thanks to its mix of charcoal and clays that draw debris out while soaking up excess sebum. It isn’t going to “detox” your skin per se, but the formula still has merit. In fact, with a mere packaging update this mask would have the potential to rank among our top-rated products.
The mask itself has a gray hue and dense, creamy-smooth texture that’s easy to apply. You’re instructed to leave it on for 10 to 30 minutes, then rinse. In our experience, the mask never completely dried down to the uncomfortable “cracked” stage that some clay masks reach. Skin is left refreshed—not tight or dry.
It can be surprisingly difficult to find clay masks that don’t contain irritants like fragrance or menthol, but Kylie did well here by omitting such ingredients. Hydrating glycerin and sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) help balance out the absorbent formula. Skin is also treated to beneficial plant oils including kiwi and sunflower that provide antioxidants and soothing properties.
The major downside is that we wish this mask didn’t come in jar packaging. For water-based formulas such as this, scooping the mask out with your fingers from the jar risks contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to deterioration of the beneficial ingredients. See More Info for additional reasons jar packaging isn’t ideal.
Also, we explain why skin “detox” claims are baloney via the More Info section.
The bottom line: This is a decent option for someone with oily/combination skin… but if you don’t want to settle for less-than-the-best, peruse our top-rated masks instead.
- Absorbent charcoal-clay mix has the ability to draw debris out of congested pores.
- Soaks up skin’s excess oil.
- Contains beneficial hydrators and replenishing ingredients to balance out the formula.
- Leaves skin refreshed—not tight or dry.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging isn’t ideal for the stability of the formula.
- Cannot detoxify skin as claimed.
Jar Packaging: 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 is also 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, especially in water-based formulas, 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:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
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
Why Beauty Products Cannot Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many cosmetics companies, you cannot “detox” your skin. Brands that make this claim never really specify exactly what substances or toxins their products are supposed to eliminate, which makes sense, because your skin does not store toxins.
Toxins are classified according to whether they are produced by the body or are introduced into the body, usually through eating or inhaling. Toxins are produced by plants, animals, insects, reptiles (think snake venom and bee stings), and so on. Toxins also can be inorganic, such as heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and others.
When it comes to your skin, toxins cannot leave your body through your skin or sebaceous (oil) glands—it’s physiologically impossible. Other parts of your body, mainly your kidneys and liver, handle the process of “detoxifying” just fine, as long as you have a healthy diet.
There are a handful of studies indicating that sweat acts as a carrier in “detoxifying” by removing trace heavy metals from the body; however, the methodology of those studies is considered questionable when reviewed by third-party experts.
Nonetheless, if you choose to sauna, steam, or exercise to increase sweating, that’s a lifestyle option to discuss with your physician, but it does absolutely nothing as a purifying skincare activity.
Skincare products are not going to “detox” your body or skin. As we always say: Stick to what the research says really works, and ignore the fantasy claims because they aren’t going to help your skin or your budget.
References for this information:
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2015, pages 675–686
Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, pages 1–10
Treat your skin to a detox with this cleansing facial mask. Formulated with Kaolin Clay, Bentonite Clay and Charcoal to remove impurities and excess oil. Infused with mineral-rich sea silt and fruit extracts that deliver vital conditioning while Hyaluronic Acid provides added hydration. Skin is left feeling fresh, clean and renewed.
As the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family of media moguls, social media darling Kylie Jenner had a monumental impact on the makeup scene with the launch of her Kylie Cosmetics brand in 2015. Featuring matte liquid lipsticks and liners initially, these “lip kits” became best sellers, quickly establishing Jenner as a name to watch in the beauty industry. It seemed inevitable, then, that she would follow up on that success with the creation of a skin care brand, Kylie Skin, which launched in 2019.
Kylie Skin doesn’t have a backstory in the traditional sense that there was a specific instance that sparked its creation; rather Jenner says she’s always had an interest in skin care, thanks to her mother and older sisters, and wanted to offer her fans the types of products she uses.
To that end, the brand has a small but mostly well-curated selection of skin care that avoids jar packaging and is instead comes in opaque containers that shield their beneficial ingredients from exposure to light and air to preserve their effectiveness— we just wish the formulas were more effective, as most of them make at least one misstep. The reason we say it's mostly well-curated is because at the time of its launch, Kylie Skin offers no SPF option, so the line is currently not a complete skin care routine (although Kylie's hinted one will be coming soon).
Generally speaking, the formulas contain a good mix of research-backed antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients, and the textures are pleasant (no overly sticky or drying products to be found). There are a couple of fragranced products, but thankfully the fragrance is mild for the most part, doesn’t linger, and is low on the ingredient lists.
The biggest ill-informed decision with this skin care line is one single product: a walnut scrub that harkens back to the old days when harsh, abrasive physical scrubs were the rule at the drugstore. Now though there are plenty of gentler options available, including both physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, so it’s strange to see this product included in the line. We weren’t surprised by the strong negative response this product got on various social media platforms, although its initial launch did sell out, so it seems curiosity won out.
Overall, Kylie Skin has some unexpectedly worthwhile products to consider and is an overall decent debut. Although we were pleasantly surprised, it also must be said that nothing from Kylie Skin is groundbreaking or innovative enough to rank among the best skin care products available today. For more information on Kylie Skin, visit https://kylieskin.com/.
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