Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Masque

Reviewed by Marta on December 2, 2013

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I was drawn to the exotic ring of a face mask with hibiscus and without thinking much more about it, I expected Kat Burki’s Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask ($78) to be pampering and luxurious. It turns out to be rather more of an anti-aging powerhouse and more than worthy of being enlisted as a regular player in a serious skincare regimen.

After 15-20 minutes (I find myself leaving it on a little bit longer than directed) I am aware when rinsing off Kat Burki’s Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask of its slightly grainy texture, which seems to be giving some added, gentle exfoliation. Kat Burki’s mask is very much about clarifying and brightening. Expect to look perky and polished afterwards.

There are glycolic and lactic acids towards the top of the ingredients list and my sensitive skin always does react to this mask with a flush of redness after rinsing. It is not tingly or unpleasant and doesn’t last long, but this mask should be put in the exfoliating category.

Even hibiscus, which I had assumed to be mostly an antioxidant, has an exfoliating role. Hibiscus is about 15-30 percent plant acids, including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone. On the antioxidant front, hibiscus has alkaloids, anthocyanins, and quercetin.

Some of the more unusual ingredients in this packed-to-the-gunnels face mask, are cayenne pepper, periwinkle and Oregon grape. The latter has a convincing pedigree when it comes to treating skin disorders. Not a grape, but related to the barberry, Oregon grape has been shown to be effective on 20 different strains of acne bacteria.

With red wine polyphenols, ubiquinone, sea buckthorn, bushels of antioxidant berries and expression line inhibiting peptides, Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask has it all. The only thing to really not like is sodium hydroxide, a strong irritant that is typically used in cosmetics as a pH balancer. 

I’ve only recently got to know Kat Burki’s line and have been completely won over by the Kat Burki Raw Beauty Body Butter. We have testers out with the Truth In Aging community of reviewers for Kat Burki’s hand cream and lip treatment and I am looking forward to seeing how they fare.  

Ingredients in Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask: Proprietary Herb Blend, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Kaolin Clay, Glycolic Acid, Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Natural Fragrance, Cranberry Fibers, Hibiscus Petals, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry), Organic Capsicum Annuum var. Aannuum (Cayenne), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Oil), Red Wine Polyphenols, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (peptides), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative, less than 1%), Benzyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin A)