From a sensory standpoint, Brightening Bubbling Mask is intriguing, but unfortunately, the formula falls flat when it comes to providing benefit for skin. What's so unique about this mask in the first place, you ask? Its blue-hued gel morphs into bubbling foam that feels cool and tingly as it's rubbed into skin. You're then supposed to bask in its "oxygenating action" for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off. While that sounds soothing, the cooling/tingling sensation is actually skin's response to the irritating ingredients, which causes inflammation that can break down collagen and is pro-aging for skin.
That's a pity considering Brightening Bubbling Mask offers an impressive mix of antioxidants and promising skin lightening ingredients that otherwise could have benefit—but all of that is for naught when combined with irritants that offset the good they can do.
So what are the irritating ingredients? There are several including the highly extolled Gigawhite™ complex—composed of irritants such as mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, melissa officinalis (balm mint) leaf extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract and menthyl lactate, all of which contribute to this products cooling sensation. The result? Skin can be impaired in a number of ways, accelerating the signs of aging (see More Info).
As for the "oxygenating" effect via this mask's bubbling action, that stems from the mix of solvents and perfluorocarbons in the formula. Ironically, however, supplying oxygen to otherwise healthy skin isn't necessarily a good thing—after all, oxygen is a prime source of free-radical damage. More to the point, Brightening Bubbling Mask's antioxidants work to reduce oxidative effects on skin so the alleged benefits would be cancelled out due to the antioxidants anti-oxidative effects!
We also need to address the detoxifying claim that Peter Thomas Roth makes for this product. You can see More Info for the full explanation, but the short of it is you can't detoxify skin!
If you were counting on Brightening Bubbling Mask to soothe skin and brighten your complexion, you'll be disappointed with its mix of irritants, fragrance and pro-oxidative formula. Check out our Best Facial Masks list for superior options without the "double bubble toil and trouble" of this one!
Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)
Why Beauty Products Can't Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many a cosmetics company, you cannot "detox" your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify which substances their product supposedly banishes—which makes sense, as your skin isn't capable of storing any sort of toxin. An actual toxin is a poison, and we're talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals, insects, ¬or reptiles (think snake venom or bee stings) or other organisms.
So-called toxins cannot leave your body through the pores or through your skin, whether via sweat or other means—they're filtered, broken down, and removed by the kidneys and liver. Heavy metal toxicity, for example, can't be "sweated" or otherwise drawn out of skin; this requires medical treatment to remove them from the body.
Regardless of the skin concern you're battling, "toxins" aren't to blame—and if you're serious about wanting results, stick to what the research says really works (and ignore fantasy claims about "detoxifying" cosmetic products).
Unique bubbling and cooling mask helps brighten and even skin tone. Within 30 seconds, the treatment transforms from a light blue gel to a white oxygenating foam, indicating that oxygen is being released into skin depleted due to the natural aging process. As the oxygenating action progresses, an effective skin brightening cocktail of Symwhite®*, Gigawhite*, Bearberry Extract, Mulberry and Licorice helps to even skin tone and reduce UV induced skin pigmentation. As we age, complexion can appear lifeless, sallow and dull. Fiflow®* helps carry oxygen into the skin, brightening and helping to reduce t h e appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more luminous, healthy looking complexion. Effective brightening boosters, hydrators and anti-oxidants help deliver an instant pick-me-up. Longterm benefits help clarify and detoxify skin. Imparts a translucent, flawless appearance and a polished rosy glow.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Perfluorohexane, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol , Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Pca, BHT, Allantoin, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glucose, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Perfluorodecalin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Phenyltrimethicone, Disodium Edta, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Hydrated Silica, Lauryl Laurate, Ceteareth-20, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Menthyl Lactate , Methyldiisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Tin Oxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1.
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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