Olay Masks Clay Stick Shine Control
While we love that Olay Masks Clay Stick Shine Control offers mess-free application, its formulary drawbacks shortchange the end result for skin.
Olay Masks Clay Stick Shine Control is ready to use once you remove its protective covering and twist the base of the container to swivel the stick so it can be swiped over skin. The mint green-colored stick glides over skin, depositing the formula without getting it all over your hands. The stick format is perfect if you “multi-mask” (i.e. targeting one mask in your oil-prone areas and then using a different mask for the drier zones of your face).
You’re instructed to leave the mask on skin for 10 minutes, at which point it can easily be rinsed away (that’s noteworthy considering not all clay masks come off so effortlessly).
The clay portion of the formula comes from kaolin, an absorbent ingredient that can help minimize oily shine, as claimed. The problem is that its absorbency here is hampered by the way it’s combined with the other ingredients that create the smooth-glide texture of this solid stick mask, so the advertised anti-shine effect is very short lived post-use.
As for the namesake tea tree oil in this mask, that isn’t a slam-dunk ingredient for skin. While it can offer some benefits for breakout-prone skin, its volatile fragrance components can also cause inflammation in skin, which triggers more oil production inside the pore.
Lastly, the fragrance in the formula poses a risk of irritating skin. While we’re generally less concerned about fragrance in rinse-off products such as this, the scent is strong enough to waft, which isn’t a good sign for skin (see More Info to learn why).
The bottom line: Olay Masks Shine Control Tea Tree Extract Clay Stick doesn’t stack up to the best face masks out there, some of which are at or even below this one’s price.
- Glide-on formula is mess-free and easy to apply.
- Doesn’t leave skin feeling tight or dry.
- Rinses effortlessly.
- Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- Doesn’t live up to the powerful shine control claim.
- 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
Finally, all the benefits of a clay skin care mask in an easy-to-apply stick to help keep shine in check. Rich clay formula rinses away and visibly transforms your skin. Our skin-nurturing mask with tea tree extract acts as a powerful trap for oil and impurities, reducing shine and leaving skin visibly balanced. Makes multi-masking & masking on-the-go easier than ever for powerful shine control.
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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