Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask
Let's state up front that the fountain of youth anti-aging claims accompanying this mask are farfetched. Mineral-rich water from any part of the world can have various benefits for skin and health, but it's not going to reverse multiple signs of aging.
The reason to consider this mask is if you have normal to dry skin and want a warming mask that treats skin to a bounty of rich, replenishing ingredients. The main ingredient is magnesium sulfate, which contributes to the mask's paste-like texture. When mixed with water (as you're directed to do when ready to rinse) you'll feel a pleasant "flash" of warmth and the addition of water makes this easier to rinse (but even then, be prepared to work a bit harder).
The numerous non-fragrant plant oils leave skin feeing soft and revitalized, which is great because magnesium sulfate can be drying in some formulas when used as a main ingredient.
Despite the inclusion of several very good natural ingredients, this mask's jar packaging is a letdown. Why? As we explain in the More Info section, it isn't a great way to keep such delicate ingredients stable and effective.
Ultimately, we really liked this mask's results and the warming sensation, while not essential, was fun and somehow made the effort seem worth it. If only this mask wasn't packaged in a jar—which makes the price feel like more of a burn—we'd be more enthusiastic about it.
- Contains a bounty of richly replenishing ingredients.
- The warming sensation feels nice (although does not convey special benefits).
- Leaves skin feeling soft and revitalized.
- Fragrance free.
- Overstated "fountain of youth" claims.
- Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Takes longer than usual to rinse.
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 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
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin brighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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