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Arcona Tea Tree Mask- reviewed and recommended

Arcona Tea Tree Mask 2.0 oz
January 31, 2013 Reviewed by admin 1 Comment

Arcona Tea Tree Mask ($30) is formulated to decongest and detoxify skin cells, as well as refine skin texture via gentle exfoliation. It is one of the most “active” feeling masks I’ve used; the tingling sensation is a bit deceptive as it’s a very pleasant experience. Moreover, the mask contains several ingredients to calm inflamed skin. While the tea tree mask may be meant for oily skin, it can actually be used by all skin types. Lately, my skin has been leaning towards combination but after 15 minutes of using this mask, my skin felt soft, hydrated and exceptionally energized.

This is my first sulfur product and the mask contains 10% sulfur. While many may think of sulfur as quite odoriferous, it’s actually odorless. Despite having once been referred to by its now-obsolete name, brimstone (aka damnation to hell), sulfur has quite the opposite reputation. Many actually travel to natural hot springs for its healing properties. TIA has previously noted sulfur as a cure for acne due to its anti-fungal, antibacterial and keratolytic properties. Keratolytic agents encourage the shedding of dead skin cells that could block pores, cause pimples (and other blemishes) and excess sebum production. Sulfur also has detoxifying properties as it is a component in amino acids like methionine (purifies cells) and carnitine (prevents accumulations of lipoproteins).

The first ingredient is witch hazel, which has some controversy attached to it, but Marta cleared that up in making the distinction between the extract and witch hazel as a toner. The extract is distilled from the bark of hamamelis virginiana trees and is high in tannins. While I really don’t care for tannins in my wine, it makes for an excellent anti-inflammatory in astringent form. Witch hazel extract is such an effective skin soother, it was used by Native Americans to treat skin ulcers, sores and insect bites. And I’m always excited to find another antioxidant! Japanese researchers discovered that the extract protects skin cells from reactive oxygen species (ROS).

The mask also contains several ingredients to fight acne and keep skin healthy. Mainly, tea tree oil, an antiseptic and anti-microbial that gently keeps skin free of offending acne-causing bacteria. Allantoin is a well-known gentle exfoliant. There are also the excellent clays, kaolin and bentonite, which absorb excess oil, dirt and impurities that are particularly effective at keeping blackheads at bay. Titanium dioxide, known largely as a UV protectant, also has antibacterial agents and is a skin softener.

The mask has a creamy consistency and initially feels cool when first applied, then swiftly develops into hybrid warm – with a cool sensation. The first time I used it, I couldn’t help but think I had just put Icy Hot on my face (Shaquille O’Neal would like this mask). The tingling sensation is strong but not overwhelming. In fact, I’m looking forward to using it on certain mornings when I need to “wake up” my skin. The mask dries but does not harden, so I easily tissue it off (something I hear Japanese women do but avoid the lotioned variety) first and then rinse with warm water.

This is a rare mask in that it combats acne with sulfur and clay, yet doesn’t leave skin feeling dried out. Indeed my skin is left feeling soft and ultra-hydrated without any residue or greasiness. I’ve also found sulfur to be my newfound friend in the battle against blemishes. Hence, Arcona’s tea tree mask is not only effective at clearing acne, but it can also clear up your sinuses!

Further, Arcona’s products do not contain petrochemicals, binders or fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, perfumes, dyes, or any other caustic, toxic ingredients. Thus, I like that the mask is packaged in a tube, which preserves the natural ingredients and prevents the mask from drying out. Due to the natural preservatives, Arcona products have a preservation shelf life of up to two years. It is also recommended to use the mask within six months of opening.

Ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sulfur, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Oils), Kaolin, Bentonite, Titanium Dioxide, Melaleuca Altenafolin (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Lavender Extract, Geranium Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract

  • September 17, 2015

    by Sandra

    Sounds like a decent mask, somewhat similar to one I make :-)

    Just wanted to point out that 'binders & fillers' aren't necessarily a bad thing. Some binders & fillers serve more than just those purposes, which is a bonus. When I formulate products, I often try to use multipurpose ingredients to drastically cut down the amount of chemicals or other ingredients that are completely unnecessary, harmful to the health and/or skin, or cost prohibitive. And in some cases, binders & fillers are absolutely necessary if you don't want your high quality mask to continuously drop off your face in chunks, which I often hear people complain about in regards to other brand's products. I formulate products that I'd want to use, that I can get excited about, that I would love to see available to me in stores but can never find, and which actually *work* in practise > because they're usually products that other people will love too.

    For example, I may use some finely ground oatmeal to improve the texture, spreadablility AND the effectiveness of a particular mask. Yes, it's a 'filler & binder' in this case, but it's also a great skin care ingredient for more than one skin type, so it's very suitable for this application.

    Another example, with the same mask: if after doing a test run, I'm still not happy with the adherence of the mask to the skin for the period of time it should be on the face, I may add a tiny bit of xanthan gum or bentonite (depending on the skin type I'm formulating for & the other ingredients already in the mask).

    The amount of these ingredients necessary to round out/improve/perfect a product is very much minimal, and in no way harms the skin, in no way rips off consumers, and in no way lessens the quality of the final product. The additions of these ingredients can greatly improve the customer's experience with the product, as well as improve the product itself, which is always a great thing. My goal is to ensure as many customers as possible are going to be happy with the results they get with my products, which means that they will purchase my products again not because of packaging/price/status/ brand name etc, but because they truly do work & are user friendly.

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