The M.A.D. Environmental Detox Mask ($36) a creamy white pure-seeming mask that spreads on easily and removes almost as easily with tepid water. It smells fresh, benign, and has a pleasant feel on the skin. My skin felt smooth, and calm in the sense that my skin appeared more matte after removal of the product, kind of powdered-looking and "unified". But I'm wondering about the major ingredient, Propanediol, and how it can be truly good for detoxing, since it is also used as antifreeze and can absorb through the skin. Since kaolin and zinc oxide are also major ingredients, the 'powdered effect' made sense, if not total detox sense. And what does "detoxing" of the skin actually mean?
Reading the box, which the product comes in made me question how this mask actually works. It says it protects and nourishes skin against "environmental aggressors" such as pollution, stress and poor diet. So does it leave a film on my skin to do this? The active ingredient "CELLDETOX(r) reinforces the cell detoxification process: it reduces the level of oxidized proteins and peroxidized lipids. By noticeably smoothing facial lines and illuminating skin complexion, CELLDETOX(r) reduces the visible signs of age and restores natural radiance to intoxicated and tired skin." Huh? There are some active ingredients listed, but given the mumbo-jumbo written on the box, I really couldn't understand what this mask would actually do for me long term, and although my skin looked nice after each application, I didn't find any noticeable cumulative effects with use over the last 5 weeks, using the mask 2-3 times per week. So, no, I don't recommend this mask.
Water, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Almond) Oil, PEG 100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Astrocaryum murumuru (Palm) Seed Butter, Theobroma grandiflora (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Runus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Fragaria ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Ribes nigrum (Black Current) Seed Oil, Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) Seed Oil, Astragalus gummifer Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Candida saitoana Extract, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria gigantea Ferment Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-26, Porphyra umbilicalis Extract, Camellia sinensis Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Pyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phellodendron amurense Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Palm Alcohol, Lecithin, Phytosteryl Canolate, Sodium Lactate, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA , Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.