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Five Best Facial Masks 2009

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Sagging Skin
September 28, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments

At Truth In Aging, we have been collecting some great masks and were almost spoiled for choice when it came to selecting the Five Best. They all serve a slightly different function: serious anti-aging (Jan Marini), environmental face saving (Glotherapeutics), hydration (Abrione), softening and plumping (Amala) and tackling breakouts and problem skin (Astara Blue). I even threw in a bonus DIY mask that has  become a regular staple for tightening the skin (Ildi's parsley mask how to gallery). Notably, Astara and Abrione are still with us from the last Five Best facial masks.

Click on the names below for product reviews:

Ingredients in Jan Marini

Water, kaolin, glycolic acid, sodium glycolate, pichia/resveratrol ferment extract, algae extract, glycerin, butylene glycol, carbomer, polysorbate 20, palmitoyl-pentapeptide-4, sodium hyaluronate, capric/caprylic triglyceride, green tea leaf extract, myristoyl pentapeptide-8, myristoyl tetrapeptide-12, stearic acid, safflower seed oil, glyceryl stearate, polysorbate-60, shea butter, stearyl alcohol, white tea leaf extract, pomegranate extract, roobois tea, linoleic acid, linoleric acid, tocopherol, sunflower seed oil, phenoxyethanol, methyparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylpareben, magnesium aluminum silicate, xanthan gum, myristoyl pentapeptide-11, ubiquinone, PEG-40, hydrogenated castor oil, ceramides-2, sweet almond oil, aloe vera leaf extract, cucumber, arnica, anacylus pyrethrum root extract, tocopheryl acetate, rose hip seed oil.

Ingredients in GloTherapeutics:

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Dextran, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Xanthan Gum, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Extract, Menthly Lactate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Alcohol Denat., Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lecithin, Soy Isoflavones, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract, Linum Usitassimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Laurifolia (Passionflower) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Fragrance/Parfum.

Ingredients in Abrione Hydrodynamic Facial Masque

Aqueous extracts of aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), passionflower (passiflora incarnata) fruit, lemon (citrus medica limonum), grape (vitis vinifera), pineapple (ananas sativus) and sea kelp (macrocystis pirifera), glycerin, montmorillonite, cetyl alcohol, dead sea mud, sodium laureth sulfate, tocopheryl acetate, tocophersolan, carrageenan, sclerotium gum, locust bean (ceratonia siliqua) gum, royal jelly, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, sodium citrate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) extract, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycol stearate, PEG-46M, grapefruit (citrus grandis) oil, eucalyptus (eucalyptus radiate) oil, geranium (geranium maculatum) oil, lavender (lavandula angustifolia) oil, cedarwood (cedrus atlantica) oil, orange (citrus aurantium dulcis) flower oil, jasmine (jasminum officinale) oil, imidazolidinium urea, phenoxyethanol and hydroxybenzoate esters.

Ingredients in Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Steareth-21, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange/Petitgrain) Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Echinacea Angustifolia (Cone Flower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Stearate, Disodium EDTA.

Ingredients in Amala

Water, sweet almond oil*, glycerin, shea butter*, jojoba seed oil, stearic acid, cocoa extract*, olive extract, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, bertholetia excelsa seed extract, acai*, carapa guaianensis seed oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, cera alba, fragrance, vanilla extract*, lemon peel oil, rosa damascena, canaga odorata*, bergamot, mauritia flexuosa, hydrolized lola implexa, licorice root*, coffee seed oil, acai pulp powder, alcohol*, xanthan gum, tocopherol, silver sulfate. *Certified organic

  • July 6, 2011

    by Mantis

    My gosh. Such a menu of irritants, toxins and potential carcinogens, not the least of which are the many ethoxylated compounds on these ingredient lists (e.g. the polysorbates 20, 60 and 80, plus cocamide DEA and a few members of the PEG family). Far too many bad and questionable ingredients for me to list in a short paragraph. If these are the best facial masks, I'd hate to see the worst! I often consult your site when researching various cosmetics and ingredients, and was frankly taken aback when I happened onto this page this morning. For those seeking wholesome, healthful, non-toxic alternatives to these chemical cocktails, you can spend perhaps an extra $10 and buy enough raw materials to keep you and your friends knee-deep in a year's worth of masks, only these would be made with natural integrity ingredients that would take a nanosecond to blend: clays (French green clay is good), fresh aloe vera gel, quality oils and butters (e.g. jojoba, avocado, shea, almond)plus some skin-firming essential oils (e.g. cypress, lavender, cabreuva, frankincense, galbanum, palmarosa, lime and sweet orange).

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  • November 5, 2009

    by Merna Pickett

    I am new to this site. Have always been interested in skincare and would love to try the Amala face mask and give a review to TruthIn Aging readers. Thank you for your consideration.


  • November 5, 2009

    by Val♥TruthInAging

    OMG! I just turned 30 this year, and I wasn't even paranoid about that, but I really do see the changes in my skin already! How did this happen overnight??? This is so not good. Amala's range of products sound like the answer to my skin's cry for help. What would I do without yall's info keeping me informed with the honest truth? =) Thank you!!!

  • November 5, 2009

    by Mary White

    I would love to try Amala cleansing milk. I have sensitive skin. I also suffer from occasional adult acne. I'm always looking to try something different.

  • November 5, 2009

    by michlny

    Thank you guys so much for keeping me on top of the latest and greatest in natural ingredients! I love and devour this information! Wish I could try all of it....

  • November 4, 2009

    by Lauren

    The Amala cleansing milk sounds like it might have just what I need for my dry flaky skin. No matter what I try, nothing seems to help and with winter coming I need something!

  • November 4, 2009

    by Kitri

    I've never spent more than $10 on a cleanser. Why spent big bucks on something that gets rinsed off in 60 seconds? I save my money for things that are meant to stay on my face. My only requirements are the absence of harmful ingredients and a match for my skin type. I use two cleansers, one for the oily t-zone and one for the drier skin around it. I'm curious to try an expensive cleanser to see if it is actually noticeably different.

  • November 4, 2009

    by Beata

    I would love to try Amala cleansing milk. I am always on the look out for good not over drying cleanser and this one sounds promising. I promise to write timely review if selected.

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