Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask
Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask is an interesting, though somewhat flawed, gel-cream hybrid mask, with the twist being that it's supposed to provide an instant firming effect. This all-skin-types formula does make skin feel firm, but that sensation comes from a high amount of a hairstyling film-forming agent, not the magical power of any plant or flower.
This mask's clear jar packaging is problematic because jars don't keep the delicate ingredients (which includes all of the plant extracts and oils) protected from light and air exposure. See More Info for details.
Many of the plant-derived ingredients are wonderful for skin, supplying smoothing fatty acids and antioxidants. Sadly, this mask also contains some problematic fragrant plants, including lavender oil, which is a known skin sensitizer despite being a calming aroma to inhale.
After use, you'll find this moisturizing mask leaves skin smoother and hydrated. Worn overnight as recommended, you'll awaken to a more youthful glow. The thing is, you can achieve that glow (and actual progressive firmness vs. just the tactile sensation of it) from many anti-aging serums and other leave-on treatments that deliver a better mix of ingredients, no fragrance, and comes in packaging that keeps the good stuff effective from first to last use.
In the end, the core ingredients in this mask disappoint, and from a story perspective, how the hibiscus flower acts in nature has nothing to do with firming skin or any aspect of skincare. This flower doesn't transfer any special properties to skin. See our list of Best Face Masks for superior options in all price ranges.
- Leaves skin feeling smoother and hydrated.
- Works overnight to restore a more youthful glow.
- Contains some very good plant extracts, butters, and oils.
- Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
- The firming effect is from a strong film-forming agent often used in hairstyling products.
- Lavender oil is a skin-sensitizing ingredient.
- How the hibiscus flower acts at night has nothing to do with skincare.
Feel the instant firming effect of our indulgent velvety cream mask. Formulated with Hibiscus, whose flower is known to close during the night to preserve its nectar, our overnight formula delivers smoother-looking skin instantly. With continued use, our hydrating formula with Ginger Leaf works to soften the look of fine lines for a younger-looking complexion.
Kiehls has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.
Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehls main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.
Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.
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