Warming Gel Moisturising Mask
Revolution Skincare’s Warming Gel Moisturising Mask promises to boost hydration and “encourage blood flow,” but ultimately, the sensitizing formula leaves your skin in a worse state.
The first thing you’ll notice about Warming Gel Moisturising Mask is its ocean-blue hue (which comes from synthetic dye added to the gel base). As serene as it may look, the formula turns out to be anything but soothing for skin. In fact, its irritating effects can be felt instantly, as this gel mask produces a warming sensation upon contact with skin (likely from the combination of concentrated glycerin interacting with the sodium hydroxide). The fragrance adds to the irritancy factor with a potent perfume-like scent that hits your nose the moment you open the jar and delivers a volatile reaction on skin that leads to a host of problems (see More Info below to learn how fragrance impairs skin).
As far as the claims go, Revolution Skincare promises this mask can “open pores to help absorb skin-boosting ingredients,” but there’s nothing about this formula that can open pores, nor is it beneficial for blood flow as claimed. It’s lacking beneficial ingredients in general—you essentially get glycerin, fragrance, preservatives and a few other ingredients that contribute to the sticky/gooey gel texture.
The clear glass jar packaging isn’t the best choice from a hygiene perspective because dipping your fingers in to the water-based formula introduces bacteria that stresses the preservative system. Normally we’d be more concerned about the jar allowing the light- and air-sensitive ingredients (such as antioxidants) to break down prematurely, but this mask is completely lacking in that department, so it’s a moot point.
On the plus side, Warming Gel Moisturising Mask is a cinch to apply and rinses easily but that’s not reason enough to use it. Check out our best face masks page for superior options.
- Gel mask texture is easy to apply and remove.
- Highly fragrant, sensitizing formula puts skin at risk of irritation.
- Formula lacks beneficial ingredients.
- Jar packaging hinders the stability of the formula.
- Cannot live up to its claims to open pores, etc.
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
This hydrating mask is formulated with glycerin to help boost hydration levels and keep skin moisturised. The gel like texture gently heats to encourage blood flow and open pores to help absorb skin-boosting ingredients.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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