Summer Fridays’ Overtime Mask is touted as a skin-brightening “glow-getter,” but its sensitizing mix of ingredients may actually leave skin the worse for wear.
According to the instructions, you’re supposed to massage Overtime Mask in circular motions for 60 seconds (avoiding the eye area); then rinse it off after 10 minutes. Right off the bat you’ll notice the “skin-polishing” sensation that comes from the abrasive apricot powder. That gritty feel is indication of the irritation taking place both on the surface of skin and down below (see More Info for the full scoop).
The next red flag is the strong, pumpkin pie aroma, which stems from several fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin, including forms of cinnamon and clove. That’s disappointing considering these types of ingredients completely contradict the skin-calming effect of the soothing ingredients in the formula (and we say this fully admitting we love the smell of pumpkin pie).
The best thing that Overtime Mask has going for itself is that it contains “free radical-fighting antioxidants” and comes in opaque squeeze tube packaging to keep them stable. Without the abrasive particles, the sweet almond oil and safflower seed oil could have a beneficial effect on hydrating dry skin.
As is, there are just too many compromising issues with this mask. We recommend treating yourself to one of our top-rated masks that deliver exactly what skin needs—no irritation attached.
(And if it’s a brightening formula that you seek, see our top-rated skin lighteners for the most effective results.)
- Contains antioxidants and some beneficial plant oils.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Rough, gritty, exfoliant particles put skin at risk of micro-tears.
- Contains fragrance ingredients known to provoke inflammation.
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 your skin 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:
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
Soothing oat kernel proteins and free radical-fighting antioxidants make this brightening mask the ultimate glow-getter. Perfect for dull or congested skin, this formula uses mild exfoliants that won't damage your skin's surface (unlike some synthetic abrasives).
Summer Fridays is the creation of two beauty bloggers who joined forces to bring consumers the types of skin care products they enjoyed using. Los Angeles-based Marianna Hewitt, who writes the “Life With Me” blog, and Lauren Gores Ireland, the creative force behind “You & Lu,” say they were on the hunt for a “complexion game changer” that they hadn’t encountered in their time being sent and reviewing beauty products – so they set out to make their own.
Summer Fridays launched in 2018 with much fanfare around what has become their flagship product: Jet Lag Mask. The goal was to create a product that gave tired, stressed skin a day off. The release of the Jet Lag Mask was followed up by additional masks. Though the line is still small it has a loyal following, and a coveted spot inside Sephora stores.
Unfortunately, the formulas aren’t nearly as soothing as they would seem. While the packaging for each is top-notch (opaque tubes that protect their ingredients from light and air), and there are some beneficial ingredients to be found, the good stuff is flanked by problematic fragrant essential oils, fragrance ingredients, and harsh scrub particles in the mix, making the line overall disappointing and not worthy of the hype.
For more information on Summer Fridays, visit https://summerfridays.com.
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