There have been a few instances recently of products being reformulated and the ingredients information on the packaging not keeping apace (The WonderBar) or lists on websites. The latest is Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask ($38), which has a different ingredients list on the box and on the jar itself. With no information on the Arcona website, I’m not entirely sure what I have been using, but this mask certainly lives up to its claim to be hydrating.

Also, to be fair, the discrepancies in the ingredient information are relatively slight. The list below is the one on the box and it includes witch hazel, which the list on the jar does not. I rather hope witch hazel is part Wine Hydrating Mask’s formulation as it is an antioxidant and repairer of broken veins. The jar, on the other hand, plays up borage, which is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids. It also plays a similar role to witch hazel in that it stimulates the blood vessels causing them to contract.

Anyhow, there is no disputing that there are plenty of good things in this mask. The clay base is cool and soothing, while hyaluronic acid and shea butter do a good job of hydrating. I have been leaving it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing off to skin that looks much more satiny.

Wine, of course, is an antioxidant and the extract is accompanied by resveratrol, a molecule in red grape skins. Studies have shown that topical applications of resveratrol significantly inhibited UVB-mediated phototoxicity and enhanced skin thickness. I like too that there is omega 7-rich macadamia and black currant oil to promote healthy cell respiration and stimulate microcirculation.

Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Glycerine, Wine Extract, Resveratrol, Volcanic Mineral Clay, Hyaluronic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Silica, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract  Squalene (Olives), D Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Bentonite (CI 77004), Cornflower Extract (Centaurea cyanus), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract