Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
Milk Makeup’s Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask has a beautifully emollient, smooth yet thick texture that feels protective and prevents moisture loss. Although that’s wonderful and it’s capable of keeping lips soft and smooth overnight, two issues temper our initial enthusiasm.
The more concerning of the issues is the inclusion of fragrant lavender oil. Inhaling this oil has documented aromatherapy benefits; on skin, the story becomes a mixed bag. Lavender has some calming and antioxidant compounds--but some of those, as well as other components in the oil, are irritating to skin.
What’s more, the irritant potential ramps up when lavender oil is exposed to air. Obviously this occurs during wear, but it also happens as soon as you remove the lid from the jar. And that brings us to problem number two…
The plastic jar packaging Milk Makeup chose does this mostly natural formula a disservice since is exposes those delicate ingredients to light and air, triggering their breakdown. See More Info for details on this and the concern around fragrance.
What a shame, as this is easy to apply and leave as soft, glossy finish that doesn’t feel overly sticky or syrupy.
As for the melatonin, this natural hormone is present but there isn’t specific research indicating it helps dry lips. Still, research has shown topical application delivers antioxidant and inflammation-reducing benefits, so it does have value here.
What’s dubious is Milk’s claim that the Persian silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) extract helps balance skin’s melatonin levels. We couldn’t find evidence to support this claim, although the plant is a decent antioxidant and does seem to have sedative effects when taken orally (which has nothing to do with skin’s levels of melatonin).
Bottom line: See our list of best lip balms for picks without this one’s pans.
- Rich, emollient balm texture feels protective.
- Attractive glossy finish without a syrupy or sticky feel.
- Melatonin has some intriguing benefits for skin.
- Fragrant lavender oil can sensitize delicate lips.
- Jar packaging compromises the stability of the natural antioxidants.
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 : Beneficial lip care 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 is also 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, especially in water-based formulas, 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:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
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
Topical melatonin and a berry blend of goji, acai, blueberry, and blackberry work overnight to help provide antioxidant benefits for rejuvenated-looking lips. Persian silk tree extract helps to balance skin’s topical melatonin levels so you wake up with refreshed, fuller-looking lips. Hyaluronic acid hydrates for plumper-looking, smoother-looking lips The ultra-cushiony, balmy texture locks in place all night.
Milk Makeup At-A-Glance
Milk Makeup is one branch of the Milk media company, based in New York and Los Angeles, where creativity and innovation are at the forefront. That vision echoes throughout their skincare and makeup lines, designed to create cool, effortless looks with easy application.
Since many Milk Makeup products can be used several waysa blush is a highlighter is an eyeshadowand since even some skincare products come in solid, swipe-on formulas, their target audience is a savvy girl-on-the-go: one whos not afraid to experiment with a low maintenance, high concept look. Milk makeup was created to travel well and often, since few products come in liquid form, and all can be applied without brushes, puffs, or applicators. Not everyone's ideal makeup can be done in five minutes in the back of a cab--but if you're that girl, you're a "Milk girl."
For the most part were impressed by Milk Makeups performance, design, and vibe, but their ingredient selection isnt exactly worry-free: While Milk Makeup advertises their products as made with the best possible ingredients, many of them, unfortunately, contain irritants such as citrus oils. A multi-tasking, time-saving product isnt worth your time or money if it also exposes your skin to troublesome ingredientsalthough some Milk products fare better in this regard, so do take a peek at our reviews!
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