Green Tea & Walnut Exfoliating Face Mask
We’re going to make this decision easy for you: Revolution Skincare’s Green Tea & Walnut Exfoliating Face Mask isn’t worth your time or money. From walnut shells to witch hazel, this formula leaves skin the worse for wear.
Housed in a clear glass jar, this mint-green mask is formulated with absorbent clays kaolin and bentonite plus talc and magnesium aluminum silicate, all of which reduce skin’s surface oil. Leading with these absorbent ingredients is odd considering Revolution’s website markets this mask for dry skin, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the issues here.
The real problem is the combination of skin-sensitizing ingredients, starting with the abrasive walnut shell powder, which can cause tiny micro-tears that chip away at skin’s barrier.
Compounding that, the formula contains witch hazel water, a skin-impairing menthol derivative, and a handful of volatile fragrance ingredients that put skin at further risk of irritation.
Revolution even seems to be aware of the issues by cautioning, “if your skin is sensitive we suggest using less frequently or trying one of our other masks.” The thing is, these kind of irritants are bad for all skin types… not just sensitive skin. You can’t always see or feel inflammation and skin damage taking place below the surface, as we explain via More Info below.
As for the jar packaging, it’s not the best choice from a hygiene perspective because dipping your fingers into the formula can introduce bacteria that stresses the preservative system. Normally we’d be more concerned about the jar allowing the light- and air-sensitive ingredients (i.e. antioxidants) to break down prematurely, but other than the namesake green tea (listed as Camellia sinensis leaf extract) there’s not much to worry about here. Even at that, the green tea is in such a low concentration it’s hardly worth mentioning.
The bottom line: Green Tea & Walnut Exfoliating Face Mask is more likely to hurt skin than it is to help it. Skip the skin trauma and check out our top-rated face masks.
- Uhhh… none.
- Contains abrasive walnut shell powder that impairs skin’s barrier.
- Witch hazel water and volatile fragrance ingredients put skin at further risk of irritation.
- Jar packaging isn’t the most hygienic choice for a water-based formula.
- Absorbent formula is not well suited for dry skin as claimed.
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
Dry skin? Unmask your best skin with our Green Tea & Walnut Face Mask. Exfoliating clay mask containing Green Tea Extract, a natural antioxidant with skin smoothing properties, and Witch Hazel to soothe. Formulated with walnut shell powder, designed to remove dirt and impurities to reveal healthier looking skin and Glyercin to keep skin hydrated.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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