I don’t have “sensitive skin.” (That term is another rant for another blog post.) Fact is, anybody can react to any single ingredient or combination of ingredients. Even water doesn’t agree with many skins. But typically, the skin on my face doesn’t react very often.
So you can imagine my alarm when I first applied this “relief” mask and felt more than a tingle. It really stung. I was hesitant to wipe the stuff off, since it’s not cheap. The intensity did die down a bit, but I was happy when 10 minutes had elapsed and it was time to rinse.
What did I do during that 10 minutes? Google reviews of this product. I was amazed to read so many from people claiming this actually CALMED their skin when it was irritated. Check out this ingredients list!
Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Squalane, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hypsizygus Ulmarius Mycelium Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis (Mushroom) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Phyllostachys Nigra (Bamboo) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Olibanum) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Sucrose, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Kaolin, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sorbitol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Sterols, Charcoal Powder, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Carbomer, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
If your skin tends to react or be “sensitive,” you probably already know that products with as few ingredients as possible are the least risky. It boggles my mind that Dr. Andrew Weil, a clever man to be sure, can stuff a “relief” mask with this many fragrant irritants and charge ~$40 for it. And it makes me question just how authentic all those online reviews are. (I also think the mushroom thing is kinda dorky and not really authenticated by existing studies. It’s a bit woo-woo for me until there’s some scientific evidence that these fungi are special.)
That said, what sets my face on fire might feel like a soothing balm to you. You can buy deluxe blister pack samples of this from Sephora to try it out – they provide a generous amount, and you can get at least three applications out of one. Try it for yourself if you’re curious. I decided to trial this mask when my skin wasn’t acting up, just so I could compare and contrast when the time came that I needed some actual relief and could put it to the test. Needless to say, I won’t be using it again even on the calmest skin, let alone on a flare-up.
There is one product I can rely upon to calm my skin when I do something stupid like sunbathe after using copious amounts of alpha-hydroxy acds and retinols. True story: I did that in Israel last year, which is how I discovered this solution. I’ve written a post that’s scheduled to go live this weekend with all the details. Stay tuned.
Note: I paid for this product myself. This is obviously not an ad or a sponsored post.