Lather 10-Minute Brightening Mask With Glycolic Acid

Our Rating: 4 stars

I first came across the Lather brand a few years ago after my husband purloined Bamboo Crème Hair Wash from a hotel bathroom and was pleasantly surprised by its fresh, modern approach and relatively good formulas. Since then Lather has been adding to its line and I have been testing a free sample of the Lather 10-Minute Brightening Mask With Glycolic Acid ($28 for 4oz). This is a relatively gentle glycolic mask that has Lather’s hallmark of good ingredients, not too many fillers or things I’d prefer to avoid, and pitched at a decent price.

Although exfoliating glycolic gets top billing, the dominant ingredients are an impressive array that all contribute to skin lightening. I don’t think after my month-long trial of using Lather’s 10-Minute Brightening Mask that it will fade dark spots, but it does do a good job of what it says on the can: brightening.  It also smoothes out fine lines and rough, sun damaged skin. If you need freshening up for spring then you could do worse than giving this a try.

I was astonished (in a good way) to note that niacinamide is the first ingredient to be listed.  Niacinimide is a derivative of Vitamin B3 that suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage. Lactic and kojic acids are both brighteners that are rounded out by mulberry, which studies have shown to inhibit tyrosinase activity and bearberry, a natural source of alpha arbutin.

There are plenty of other botanicals of interest including mallow, cowslip primrose, peppermint, lady’s mantle, and yarrow, all of which are coincidentally in Thera Neem’s Botanical Fading Cream.

Even my sensitive skin experienced no more than a tingle while Lather’s 10-Minute Brightening Mask did its thing.  While I wouldn’t put in the same league as La Vie Celeste’s lovely glycolic mask, Lather’s is a worthy lower cost alternative. With 4oz for less than $30, I felt able to use it liberally on my neck and – this is a bit of an obsession of mine – knees. The only things not to like are silicones, the preservatives and potential irritants, MIT, diazolidinyl urea and benzoic acid.

Ingredients in Lather 10-Minute Brightening Mask With Glycolic Acid: Niacinamide, lactic acid, kojic acid, mulberry (morus bombycis) root extract, bearberry (arctostaphylos uva-ursi) extract, licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra) extract, glycolic acid, water (aqua) (and) euglena gracilis extract (and) caffeine (and) glaucium flavum (leaf) extract, cetyl alcohol (and) glyceryl stearate (and) peg-75 stearate (and) ceteth-20 (and) steareth-20, alpha arbutin, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, sesame (sesamum indicum) oil, caprylic/capric triglycerides, dimethicone dc 200, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, primula veris extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, veronica officinalis extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, achillea millefolium extract, vegetable glycerin, cyclomethicone (cyclopentasiloxane & cyclohexasiloxane) dc 345, hydrogenated palm kernel glycerides (and) hydrogenated palm glycerides, sodium pca, benzoic acid, glycereth-2 cocoate, caprylyl glycol (and) hexylene glycol (and) water (and) methylisothiazolinone, carageenan gum, squalene, diazolidinyl urea, urea, yeast extract, glucosamine hcl, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, sodium