Olay Masks Clay Stick Fresh Reset
Olay’s Clay Stick Fresh Reset has competitive advantages of being less messy to apply and remove compared to your typical face mask. Unfortunately, the formula has some drawbacks that compromise its overall benefit.
Clay Stick Fresh Reset is ready to use once you remove its protective covering and twist the solid stick form to the top. The pink-colored stick glides over skin and is a cinch to use without getting any product on your hands. This format makes it easy to target specific areas if you’re in to “multi-masking” (i.e. using this mask in your oily areas and applying a more hydrating mask in the drier zones of your face).
You’re instructed to leave the mask on skin for 10 minutes, which allows the kaolin (an absorbent clay that is part of Olay’s so-called “pink mineral complex”) to go to work. Kaolin cannot “micro-exfoliate skin,” as Olay claims, but it can squelch oily shine and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, which is beneficial for oily to combination skin.
The absorbent kaolin is balanced out by a blend of moisture-attracting, skin-conditioning ingredients so skin isn’t left feeling tight or dry. It’s also incredibly easy to rinse, which is noteworthy considering not all clay masks are so effortless to remove.
We must point out the potentially irritating fragrance in the formula. While we’re generally less concerned in rinse-off formulas such as this, the scent is strong enough to waft, which isn’t a good sign for skin (see More Info to learn why).
When it boils down to it, Olay Masks Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Stick isn’t on par with the top-rated face masks we reviewed.
- Glide-on formula is mess-free.
- Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry.
- Rinses effortlessly.
- Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- Cannot micro-exfoliate skin as claimed.
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
Hit the reset button on stressed skin, without the mess! Our Fresh Reset mask with pink mineral complex micro-polishes away clogging surface cells, instantly resetting tired skin for the ultimate fresh look and feel. And since pink mineral complex is known for antioxidant properties, this Fresh Reset Clay Stick is perfect for a targeted refresh on areas that need some extra love or an allover skin reset. This easy-to-apply mask lets you precisely target certain areas on your face, so you can multi-mask for whatever your skin needs. Its convenient stick form lets you take masking anywhere—and without the mess!
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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