The HydroPeptide line has long been a TIA favorite and there are several favorites available in the TIA shop. I am also a fan and personally use HydroPeptide products, including the Cleansing Gel ($44), HydroPeptide Lash ($98) and the SPF 30 ($40). I recently had the opportunity to test a sample of the brand’s Instant Peptide Miracle Mask ($46). The mask is a true multi-tasker, aiming to exfoliate, hydrate, firm, and brighten skin. Moreover, it is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. I like that HydroPeptide discloses the pH of its products and the peptide mask has a suitable pH of 5.75, close to the skin’s natural pH of 5.5.

The peptide mask contains a whopping 14 active ingredients, often dedicating two ingredients to address a specific function. Exfoliation is achieved via two enzymes to gently dissolve dead surface cells and smooth skin. There are also two types of clay, kaolin and bentonite, the latter being particularly effective at absorbing oil and softening skin. The formulation includes several peptides with a focus on wrinkle-relaxing neuropeptides, notably SNAP 8 (acetyl octapeptide-3), an octapeptide that inhibits expression wrinkles; Myoxinol (hydrolyzed hibiscus esculentus or okra), which supposedly inhibits muscle cell contraction for up to 24 hours and has an accumulative, anti-wrinkle effect; and Syn-ake (Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate), a synthetic that mimics snake venom for muscle paralysis. Then there is Trylagen, a combination of two collagen-boosting peptides (Tripeptide-1 and Tripeptide-10 Citrulline) along with hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins. The mask does contain two controversial preservatives, Phenoxyethanol and Methylisothiazolinone, both restricted for cosmetic use in Japan due to potential toxicity concerns.

The peptide mask is designed to be used weekly but some may find it gentle enough to use more frequently. It has a slight cooling effect when first applied and dries quickly after application. I wore it for 10 minutes and 20 minutes with no irritation. It washes off easily, leaving skin feeling refreshed. This is an extremely mild mask, and most people will not see a visible difference with one or two uses. However, like other HydroPeptide products, it is well formulated and contains intelligent, skin-benefitting ingredients. What’s great about this mask is that it is a multi-tasker and can likely be used by just about anyone. I would especially recommend this mask for very sensitive skin types, as there is a low probability of irritation. Personally, while I like this mask, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask continues to be my go-to when I need a miracle mask.

Ingredients: Water, Bentonite, Kaolin, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Protease, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Lecithin, Dextrin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Xanthan Gum, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi(Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Subtilisin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ubiquinone, Coenzyme A, Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Oil, PEG-8, Methylisothiazolinone