Jet Lag Mask
Jet Lag Mask from Summer Fridays promises to soothe stressed-out skin, but irritating ingredients lurking in its fragrance-laden formula actually do the exact opposite.
According to the instructions, you’re supposed to apply a thin layer of Jet Lag Mask to clean, dry skin and leave on for 10 minutes before blotting it off with a warm cloth—"no need to rinse.”
What concerns us are the highly-fragrant irritants, including cornmint oil, peppermint oil and orange peel oil, all of which can trigger damage both on and below skin’s surface. (See More Info for an in-depth, research-backed explanation of how these types of irritating ingredients affect skin.)
That’s a shame considering we love the luxe, cream texture and the otherwise beneficial mix of ingredients including emollient-rich shea butter, skin-restoring niacinamide, and ceramides. We also appreciate that the opaque squeeze tube packaging helps keep the delicate ingredients (including antioxidants) stable.
Without the irritants, we’d recommend this moisturizing mask for dry skin, but as is, you’re better off curing your jet lag with one of our top-rated face masks.
- Plush, cream texture hydrates dry skin.
- Contains beneficial ceramides, antioxidants, and skin-restoring ingredients.
- Contains highly-fragrant oils that can compromise skin’s health.
- More likely to cause irritation than soothe “stressed out” skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This uber-dewy, hydrating mask soothes thirsty, stressed-out skin by steeping cells in a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gently exfoliating extracts. Skin looks instantly renewed, radiant, and ready for anything.
Summer Fridays is the creation of two beauty bloggers who joined forces to bring consumers the types of skin care products they enjoyed using. Los Angeles-based Marianna Hewitt, who writes the “Life With Me” blog, and Lauren Gores Ireland, the creative force behind “You & Lu,” say they were on the hunt for a “complexion game changer” that they hadn’t encountered in their time being sent and reviewing beauty products – so they set out to make their own.
Summer Fridays launched in 2018 with much fanfare around what has become their flagship product: Jet Lag Mask. The goal was to create a product that gave tired, stressed skin a day off. The release of the Jet Lag Mask was followed up by additional masks. Though the line is still small it has a loyal following, and a coveted spot inside Sephora stores.
Unfortunately, the formulas aren’t nearly as soothing as they would seem. While the packaging for each is top-notch (opaque tubes that protect their ingredients from light and air), and there are some beneficial ingredients to be found, the good stuff is flanked by problematic fragrant essential oils, fragrance ingredients, and harsh scrub particles in the mix, making the line overall disappointing and not worthy of the hype.
For more information on Summer Fridays, visit https://summerfridays.com.
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