ABCs of Masking and Skincare

  Previously I discussed my reaction to the FRESH Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask. Spoiler Alert: I loved it. I had clearer skin after just one use. I got compliments on my complexion, which is sort of addictive. Who doesn’t love compliments? But I digress … I decided not to purchase this yet because I have other face masks I own and want to try. This is part of my low-buy year and using-up-what-I-own- before-buying-more philosophy. (Whew! That’s a long title.) But the researcher part of me wanted to know exactly what caused such a wonderful reaction on my face.

Note: I am not a medical doctor and I am not giving medical advice to anyone. Ever. I am just writing about my interests and benefits that I noticed for my skin after using certain products.

One of the main vitamins in this mask is Vitamin C (alpha hydroxy acid). There is a lot of information about what Vitamin C can do for a person when it is ingested, including promoting healing and acting as an antioxidant. It is harder to find information about topically applied vitamins that is not promoted by a company or brand. However, I did manage to discover the US FDA website on ingredients in cosmetics and skin care. On the site it discusses the benefits and drawbacks of Vitamin C AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) in skin care:

Products containing AHAs are marketed for a variety of purposes, such as smoothing fine lines and surface wrinkles, improving skin texture and tone, unblocking and cleansing pores, and improving skin condition in general. Sometimes AHAs are used in cosmetics for other purposes, such as to adjust the pH (the degree of acidity or alkalinity).

It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Smoother skin, less wrinkles, and improved skin condition. However, AHA can also increase sensitivity to the sun. The FDA recommends that the labeling of a cosmetic product that contains an AHA as an ingredient and that is topically applied to thrPe skin or mucous membrane, such as the lips, bear a statement that conveys the following information:

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

The most common AHAs in cosmetic products are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Among others are citric acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, and hydroxycapric acid. According to the US FDA web site, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel — the industry’s self-regulatory body for reviewing the safety of cosmetic ingredients — concluded that products containing the AHAs glycolic and lactic acid are safe for use by consumers if:

  • The AHA concentration is 10 percent or less.
  • The final product has a pH of 3.5 or greater.
  • The final product is formulated in such a way that it protects the skin from increased sun sensitivity or its package directions tell consumers to use daily protection from the sun.

So after research about products containing AHA, I am still interested in purchasing this mask from FRESH when I run out of other skin masks. If I do purchase it, I will use it during the winter months when I spend almost no time outside. (It was -31 degrees below zero this winter for an actual temperature. I don’t know how people manage to pry themselves out from under their electric blankets much less go outside!) And I will use it with sunscreen.  

I am also interesting in trying out other products with Vitamin C. I discovered another sample product in my stash that I am planning to try: Olehenricksen C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer: I will report back when I have panned the sample. One note–the moisturizer smells like a creamsicle. Love that!

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored. I bought everything or I am using a free sample that came with an order I purchased.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or thoughts on minimalism, low buys, or conscious consumerism. Let me know if you enjoy posts of this kind. Please help to continue the conversation. Thank you so much for reading. I appreciate your time and attention.




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