Moisturizing Moon Mask
Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask feels soothing, hydrating, and nourishing… but its jar packaging knocks it out of contention for joining our list of best face masks.
This creamy mask contains numerous hydrating and emollient ingredients (including glycerin, sweet almond oil, shea butter, urea, and squalene) that will help improve the look and feel of dry skin. Glossier recommends rinsing this off after 20 minutes, though you can also leave it on overnight (where it acts as a rich moisturizer).
Along with the good ingredients, there’s also some lemon fruit extract in the formula (and lemon can irritate skin), but there’s not enough of it here to be of much concern.
What is concerning is this mask’s jar packaging. While this isn’t billed as a powerhouse anti-aging formula, it still makes anti-aging claims around fine lines, elasticity, and brightening. Plus, as a water-based formula, it’s susceptible to bacterial contamination with each use. It’s just not the most hygienic packaging (even if you use a spatula to dispense this mask; see More Info for details).
Otherwise, this is an excellent moisturizing mask. With air-restrictive packaging, it would’ve earned a higher rating, but until the packaging changes to something more stable, it’s not one we can strongly recommend.
- Mask feels soothing, hydrating, and nourishing.
- Contains beneficial ingredients including almond oil, urea, shea butter, and squalane.
- Can be used as an overnight moisturizer in addition to a mask.
- Packaged in a jar, which can create unsanitary conditions.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Masks: 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
The most intensely hydrating treatment we could make: behold, the brightening, creamy dreamy Moisturizing Moon Mask. Sweet almond oil, plant-based squalane, and hyaluronic acid do a deep dive beneath the surface to visibly plump skin up with hydration, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and restore elasticity. Licorice root and lemon fruit extract work quietly behind the scenes to gently brighten and even out your complexion, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents. It’s perfect as a chaser to the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, or whenever you need an extra dose of comforting moisture. Good for all skin types, this is a must-have mask that your face will thank you for.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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