Rich Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Trader Joe’s Rich Hydrating Face Sheet Mask gets a lot right, but its use of fragrance keeps it from being among our top recommendations.
This cloth sheet is saturated in a skin care solution, though it’s not messy or drippy like some sheet masks are. You’re instructed to wear it for 20 minutes, then remove it and pat the remaining solution in to skin.
There’s a lot to love about the formula; among the beneficial ingredients are honey, vitamin C, rose hip oil, camellia oil, chamomile, turmeric, green tea, pomegranate, algae, and hyaluronic acid (though not nearly as much as you might expect given this product’s lofty claims.). This is a good combination of antioxidant-rich, soothing, and hydrating ingredients – and if that were all that was included, this would easily make it onto our list of best face masks.
What’s concerning is the amount of fragrance this contains. It’s listed on the ingredient list as “natural cucumber fragrance,” which is confusing (and not INCI compliant, meaning it’s not the correct way to indicate this ingredient). Rather than being a naturally-derived fragrance that comes from cucumbers, the name of the fragrance itself is “natural cucumber.” Fragrance, of any type, puts skin at risk for irritation, especially in this amount – there’s more here than the vast majority of the beneficial ingredients.
It’s a shame, because otherwise this is a mask with a lot of positives! Still, because of the potential for irritation, it’s better to select a superior alternative (including the options you’ll find on our list of best serums, which include many with the same benefits this mask claims to have!).
- Mask is non-messy and easy to use.
- Includes a good mix of antioxidant, soothing, and hydrating ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of fragrance, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
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
Soothes and revitalizes dull and tired skin with hyaluronic acid, honey, chamomile extract, turmeric extract, green tea extract, pomegranate extract, rose hip oil, blue algae extract, camellia oil, and propolis extract.
Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocery chain best known for its eclectic mix of gourmet, organic, vegetarian, and staple food products, most sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Its stores are generally no-frills and utilitarian, with a focus on lower-priced products that are still of high quality.
That same low price, high quality philosophy informs the store’s house brand of personal hygiene products, including its skin care line. There isn’t a lot that’s flashy or innovative; rather the focus is on staples, with some skin-boosting products in the mix as well.
For the most part, Trader Joe’s gets it right, with basic but reliable ingredients. There are a few items that include fragrance ingredients (including a face wash and rose face mist that absolutely should be avoided), but overall, if you’re looking to pick up a does-what-it-says, stripped-down moisturizer while you’re out shopping for groceries, the options here are better than you might expect given their prices.
You can find out more about Trader Joe’s as a store at https://www.traderjoes.com/. Its skin care products are sold in-store only.
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