Self-Care Sunday Nourishing Face Mask
Tula’s Self-Care Sunday Nourishing Face Mask is a good, hydrating face mask that has one factor holding it back from getting our highest rating.
It starts off on the right foot: this mask is packaged in an opaque container with a pump dispenser, meaning its beneficial ingredients are protected from light and air so they last longer. Inside is a creamy, pearlescent mask (that opalescent sheen is thanks to a mineral pigment). You’re instructed to let it sit for 10 minutes, tissue off any excess, then gently massage the rest into skin.
This makes skin feel hydrated and smoother due to the mix of beneficial ingredients, including antioxidant apple and prickly pear extracts, plus vitamin E, probiotics to help reinforce skin’s microbiome (which improves skin function, including hydration), and moisturizing fatty alcohols.
This also includes lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can smooth skin through exfoliation. Tula doesn’t make specific exfoliation claims here (though it does say the lactic acid makes skin smoother), and the lactic acid is at a pH of 6.38, far above the range of 3-4 for optimal exfoliation benefits. Still, it has hydrating properties at any pH, so it has value in that regard.
Unfortunately this mask also includes fragrance, and while it is at the bottom of the ingredient list here, it lingers for a few minutes after application. Fragrance, in any amount, poses a risk of skin irritation. Still, this is overall a good, hydrating face mask--it’s just one you really should rinse rather than leave on to minimize the risk of fragrance harming your skin.
- Creamy, hydrating mask moisturizes normal to dry skin.
- Includes antioxidants, probiotics, and fatty alcohols to restore skin’s hydration.
- Contains hydrating lactic acid.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrance, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
Hit the reset button with this deeply hydrating face mask that gives new life to even the most parched, dull & distressed skin. Formulated with probiotics, lactic acid & ceramides to leave skin looking bright, supple & soft. Can be massaged into skin as a serum or left on as a nourishing overnight treatment.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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