Mellow Milk Mist
Fourth Ray’s Mellow Milk Mist claims to be exactly what you need for a “comforted complexion”, but as it turns out, the formula is more likely to make your skin freak out.
Housed in a clear plastic bottle, the milky liquid sprays out as an ultra-fine mist that lightly settles on skin leaving a dewy finish. Thanks to its blend of oils, skin is left feeling soft, just as claimed.
The problem is that one of the oils is lavender oil. While lavender delivers a calming scent, research shows it wreaks havoc on skin by damaging cells and acting as a pro-oxidant. Even if you don’t instantly see or feel those effects, the cumulative destruction is taking place below surface (see More Info for the full scoop).
The formula is otherwise loaded with soothing, non-fragrant extracts and oils that offer a host of beneficial properties for skin. However, those ingredients are compromised by the see-through packaging which allows light exposure to break down them down prematurely. Storing the bottle in a dark place (i.e. a closed drawer) can help minimize this issue.
The bottom line: There are better facial mists out there. Find those among our best face mist reviews.
- Formulated with several soothing extracts and oils that offer beneficial properties.
- Ultra-fine mist provides a skin-softening finish.
- Lavender oil wreaks havoc on skin and damages cells below the surface.
- Must be stored out of direct light to preserve 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 it 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:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
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
For when you need to just chillax. This milky mist is made with a blend of White Tea, Chamomlie, and Marshmallow Root for a soft and comforted complexion.
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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