Green Tea Wonder Mask Clarifying Overnight Gel Mask with Azelaic Acid
Bliss’ Green Tea Wonder Mask Clarifying Overnight Gel Mask with Azelaic Acid begins as a great concept focused around a beneficial ingredient – but fumbles in execution by formulating with some iffy ingredients and less-than-ideal packaging.
Packaged in a jar, this gel has an interesting appearance – it’s iridescent green and quite glittery. Thankfully that doesn’t translate onto skin when you apply it. Bliss instructs you to put on a thin layer before bed, let it dry, wear overnight, and then wash off the mask the next morning. It takes a bit for the dry-down process to occur, and even after it has, it retains a somewhat tacky texture (it might stick to your pillow a little), so that’s something to consider.
As advertised, this contains azelaic acid, which has research showing that amounts of 5% or more has multiple benefits for skin, including diminishing blemishes, fading post-acne marks, brightening skin tone, and refining skin’s surface. Unfortunately, the amount of azelaic acid in this mask is likely less than 5%, so you’re most likely not able to take full advantage of what this ingredient can do.
Acting as support are antioxidants aloe, green tea, and rosehip extracts, along with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
Unfortunately, these good ingredients aren’t alone. Bliss also included fragrant rosemary and eucalyptus oils, which put skin at risk for irritation (and their scent is apparent as soon as you open the packaging). The fragrance ingredient limonene is also present, which creates additional risk (see More Info below for details on the problems irritation can cause for skin).
Even if those troublesome ingredients weren’t included, the wide-mouthed jar packaging exposes its beneficial antioxidants to light and air, which can cause them to become less effective over time, not to mention the potential of hygiene issues from bacteria that can be introduced by dipping your fingers (or even a spatula) into a jar (see More Info for the scoop on that as well).
Because of these missteps, it’s best to give this one as pass, and instead select one of the superior options you’ll find on our list of best face masks.
- Includes antioxidant ingredients and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate.
- Remains sticky after it’s dried down.
- Azelaic acid is a great ingredient, but unlikely to help skin in the amount this mask contains.
- Contains fragrant rosemary and eucalyptus oils + a fragrance ingredient, which put skin at risk for irritation.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
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
Jar Packaging & Beneficial 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
This clarifying overnight gel mask, with azelaic acid and green tea extract, creates a deep cleansing veil to help reset skin’s natural balance and visibly tighten pores.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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