Redness Recovery+ Antioxidant Redness Treatment Overnight Mask
Skinfix’s Redness Recovery+ Antioxidant Redness Treatment Overnight Mask has a lot of good things going for it, but they’re unfortunately undone by a poor packaging choice.
This cream has a rich, slightly thick texture that’s best for those with normal to dry skin, yet it isn’t overly heavy, sinking into skin quickly for a softer, more supple feel. While billed as a mask, there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used as a regular nighttime moisturizer, since it has that consistency.
When it comes to ingredients there’s quite a bit to like, including some non-fragrant, antioxidant-laden plant oils (grape and olive among them), a peptide, three skin-replenishing ceramides, and skin soothers, among them green tea, oatmeal, aloe, and cucumber. All of these serve to calm the redness this is designed to treat – though we advise taking Skinfix’s claim about reducing the appearance of spider veins with a grain of salt, since that is an issue that’s only fixed by cosmetic procedures, not topical skin care.
Unfortunately all the news about this overnight mask isn’t good. While it’s not heavily fragranced, it does contain rose flower water, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
The bigger issue is this product’s jar packaging. This type of packaging exposes beneficial ingredients (particularly those antioxidant plant oils) to light and air, causing them to begin breaking down as soon as you open the container. Since this is water-based, hygiene is also a factor (see More Info below for details).
Because of this, we have to advise not going with this one – especially since there are plenty of other worthy face masks that avoid this mistake!
- Creamy texture provides rich moisture for normal to dry skin.
- Includes non-fragrant, antioxidant plant oils.
- Contains a peptide and replenishing ceramides.
- Includes multiple skin-soothing ingredients.
- Cannot treat spider veins as claimed.
- Contains fragrant rose flower water, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
- Packaged in a jar, exposing the beneficial ingredients to light and air.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: 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 is also 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, especially in water-based formulas, 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.
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Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
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
Wake up to calm and restored skin. Antioxidant Redness Treatment is a creamy-gel, overnight face mask with 2 clinically active ingredients that calm, reduce visible redness and replenish dehydrated skin. A potent complex of manuka honey and tetrapeptides targets blotchiness and redness on the face. Super hydrating red seaweed blend is boosted with sodium hyaluronate, which is a salt derivative of hyaluronic acid and it is a smaller molecular weight to easily absorb into skin. It is clinically proven to immediately hydrate skin and recharge moisture over time, as your skin needs it. Concentrated green tea extract delivers strong antioxidant benefits to calm inflammation and protect against environmental stress. Formulated for those who are prone to visible facial redness, blotchiness and even rosacea, this concentrated sleeping mask is a clinically-proven treatment to increase hydration, improve radiance and reduce visible redness and the appearance of spider veins.
Canadian-based Skinfix is part of a growing number of skincare brands targeting a particular niche. Instead of trying to solve every skincare issue out there, it has a very specific target audience; in this case, its people who have chronically dry, sensitive skin thats prone to issues like eczema and contact dermatitis.
The brands site begins, as many do, with an origin story that relates the tale of Thomas Dixon, who crafted his own healing ointment for dry and cracked skin in England back in the 1850s. The formula was passed down for generations, and the Dixon family continued to make it after they moved to Nova Scotia decades later, where they eventually sold it in pharmacies. Skinfix as a brand didnt come into being until 2006, when Dixons great-great-great granddaughter decided to make the concept into a skincare company, with the focus remaining on treating chronic skin issues and very dry skin.
For the most part, Skinfix gets it right. The majority of its products are fragrance-free and contain beneficial plant oils, skin-identical ingredients, and anti-irritants in rich, thick balms that will serve to soothe and treat cracked, dry skin. The line also includes gentle cleansers that are mild enough even for use on babies and children, whose skin is still developing.
In fact, the only misstep is the inclusion in a handful of products of fragrant tree resins (such as balsam tolu and benzoin) that could irritate very sensitive skin. They arent in large amounts in any of those formulas, and those with normal skin should have no issues with them, but for the sensitive skin they are designed for, they are not ideal.
Aside from this, Skinfix is a promising brand, with many products we recommend. The brand is available in the United States at Target, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, and diapers.com.
Strengths: Mostly gentle, effective formulas to treat dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin; packaging keeps ingredients stable; most products are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some products contain tree resins that could potentially irritate sensitive skin.
For more information, visit www.skinfixinc.com or call 1-866-92-PASTE.
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