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Fourth Ray Beauty

Matcha Face Milk

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Fourth Ray Beauty’s Matcha Face Milk starts out on a high note with some beneficial ingredients, but fragrant extracts join the party and end up compromising the formula, rendering this an iffy choice for skin.

That’s unfortunate considering Matcha Face Milk otherwise offers a hydrating milky fluid compatible with all skin types + replenishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, glycerin, and squalane. Antioxidant-rich green tea extract (or as they’re referring to it “matcha”) is present to help defend skin from environmental stressors. Fourth Ray Beauty also touts the formula’s “rice milk” (rice bran oil), which is a beneficial emollient.

But alas, the formula’s scent indicates trouble brewing inside with a blend of several irritating extracts, including lavender. Their combined concentration is enough to give us cause for concern in terms of detrimental effects for skin (see More Info).

We also must point out that Matcha Face Milk is packaged in a clear bottle, which means you’ll need to store it somewhere dark (i.e. in a closed drawer) to limit exposure for the light-sensitive antioxidants in the formula.

Overall, this just isn’t worth the gamble considering there are plenty of other brilliantly formulated serums out there that don’t put skin at risk of irritation.

Pros:
  • Replenishes and hydrates skin with glycerin, jojoba oil, and squalane.
  • Contains antioxidants (including green tea) to defend skin from daily environmental aggressors.
Cons:
  • Numerous fragrant extracts pose a risk of irritation to skin.
  • Clear packaging allows antioxidants to deteriorate prematurely if not stored away from light.

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:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”

Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.

When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.

Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.

You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.

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