R + R Mask
Summer Fridays’ R + R Mask treats skin to antioxidant-rich oils and nourishing fatty acids, but a couple of major snafus trip up the formula overall.
You’re instructed to gently massage R + R Mask into skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. The brand claims that the “delicately ground wild rose powder whisks away dead skin cells,” but that’s where things go awry.
The exfoliating particles (sucrose, aka sugar, and rose powder) immersed in the emollient-jelly mask are not just slightly abrasive… they’re downright scratchy on skin (more so than your average scrub), which presents a substantial risk of irritation (see More Info).
Still tempted? Think twice, because as much as we love the beneficial ingredients, such as safflower and argan oil + vitamin C, this mask is also strongly fragrant, which adds to its skin-sensitizing factor.
Without the irritating scrub particles and fragrance, this emollient-rich mask in squeeze-tube packaging would have been a win for dry skin. As is however, you’re better off finding a truly “spa-worthy” option on our best face masks page.
- Contains antioxidant-rich oils and nourishing fatty acids that replenish skin.
- Emollient jelly texture delivers a plush feel.
- Uneven, abrasive scrub particles pose a substantial risk to skin.
- Fragrance ingredients compound the irritation.
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
For petal-soft skin, smooth out rough days with this spa-worthy replenishing mask. Delicately ground wild rose powder whisks away dead skin cells, while a dream team of antioxidant-rich oils steep skin in luxe moisture, nurturing fatty acids and soothing healing.
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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