Face masks are great but not so much for the reasons you think so! Most face masks in the market are nowhere nutritious enough to make a difference to your skin and the few ones that are, won’t either, simply because you won’t use them often enough. So, what’s the point then?
Well, face masks should be all about you. They should be about enjoying some much needed 15-20 minutes a week of me-time, with a cup of hot chocolate or wine perhaps. Additionally, when chosen carefully, face masks can add ingredients to your skincare regime that are missing from your daily products and therefore, if strategically chosen, could make a difference.
But all of this depends on what ingredients they contain and if they are what you are missing. For this face mask review I am analysing the popular Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.
Does it work? Are the ingredients any good? And is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out.
The Clinique Moisture Surge mask comes in a plastic, pale pink tube of standard quality, no matter of its size.
You can find it in travel minis of 30mL that Clinique usually gives out for free in gifts or as a full size product containing 100mL. The full size tube looks slightly nicer with its elegant silver screw cap.
However, no matter what size tube you pick up the product looks beautiful, simple and elegant.
Colour and texture
The Clinique Moisture Surge mask has a very light pink colour and a creamy texture that feels hydrating on the skin.
Unfortunately, the slight pink colour comes from 2 added dyes. Dyes do not offer any skincare benefit, in fact some of them can increase sensitivity to some. But even if you don’t have sensitive skin, it’s an extra ingredient that you don’t need on you.
This mask has a very subtle creamy scent that is pleasant. It’s so subtle though that you might not smell it at all.
Thankfully, this product is fragrance free and any scent is coming naturally from the ingredients contained.
A full size, 100mL, tube retails for £31. This is a much cheaper price than buying individual face sheet masks and overall, considering the amount of uses, is not that expensive at all.
Clinique states that this product is compatible for all skin types.
Avoid contact with eyes and never use cosmetics on broken skin. If you have sensitive skin it might be better if you test it first on small areas.
The Clinique Moisture Surge mask lasts for 24M which is a very good amount of time for a face mask. If you don’t use it in two years, it’s time to schedule more me-time!
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Skin Types: Works for all skin types.
What it is:
A moisture mask that intensely hydrates and moisturizes.
What it does:
• Intensely hydrates and moisturizes skin overnight.
• Creates an invisible “net” to hold moisture on skin.
• Strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and helps protect against nighttime moisture loss.
• Skin is calmed and soothed by a combination of antioxidants.”
Practicality of use – user experience
This face mask is very easy to use. You are supposed to apply it on clean, dry skin and leave it overnight.
It spreads easily and gets absorbed by the skin quickly, meaning that actually you don’t need to use this mask only overnight. You can use it whenever you have an hour or two and need some skin hydration. In fact, I found wearing this mask overnight a little off putting as it ends up getting every single bit of fluff stuck on your face and you wake up looking as if you’ve been fighting with pillows all night.
Other than that though, which essentially doesn’t matter because you will clean your face in the morning either way, the experience was very positive and I actually saw some results!
Face masks almost never show results because even if they are good ingredient-wise, using them once a week is not often enough to make a difference. To use Paula’s great analogy, it’s like dieting for a day and expecting to loose weight. These type of processes don’t work so fast.
Surprisingly, this mask gave me results from the first time I tried it. It make my skin feel thicker, more elastic and feeling deeply moisturised! Whenever I feel that my skin is feeling dry or thin, I slap on a bit of this!
The Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask contains 42 ingredients of which 27 will offer you a skincare benefit (some more than others), 2 potential negatives and 8 irritants.
It is overall not a skincare product that you should use to get your daily nourishment in, as it doesn’t contain the basic ingredients that your skin needs, but it does contain ingredients that will give you a nice moisturisation boost.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Water\Aqua\Eau based formulation.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Cetyl Alcohol– Conditions and softens the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and so it is not perceived to be as damaging to the skin as others.
- Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin conditioner. It leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
- Glyceryl Polymethacrylate – A moisturiser and film former.
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) – A skin conditioner with anti-flammatory properties. It can sooth itchy, irritated and sun burnt skin. Also absorbs UV-B.
- Cetyl Ethylhexanoate – A skin conditioner.
- PEG-8– Humectant.
- Glycereth-26 – Skin conditioner and humectant.
- Sucrose – A natural sugar, skin conditioner, replenisher and humectant.
- PEG-100 Stearate– A moisturiser.
- Trehalose– Moisturiser.
- Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter – Skin conditioner and soother. Can replenish skin’s fatty acids.
- Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract – Anti-oxidant.
- Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract – A skin protector and anti-oxidant.
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract – A skin replenisher, emollient and anti-oxidant.
- Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract – A skin conditioner and protector.
- Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks moisture in).
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water – A fragrance and conditioner.
- PEG-75 – A humectant.
- Caffeine – Potent anti-oxidant, improves puffy eyes, sooths and penetrates the skin providing a constricting effect which reduces redness. Slows down the process of photo-ageing.
- Pantethine – A conditioner and form of vitamin B5.
- Sorbitol – Skin conditioner.
- Butylene Glycol– A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
- Sodium Hyaluronate– A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
- Hexylene Glycol– Skin conditioner.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water – A suspected carcinogen in certain conditions.
- Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) – Added dyes that give the mask its pale pink colour. Dyes do not offer any skincare benefit but can cause sensitisation or irritation to some. Some dyes can bioaccumulate and others are suspected carcinogens. While there is not much evidence for either, they are an unnecessary risk in cosmetics. Dyes are added for the psychological benefit of creating a product that looks the part and you will believe in. Different colours being associated with different functions is something that has been extensively studied and there are examples even from placebo drug trials.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caffeine, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
Full list of ingredients:
Water\Aqua\Eau, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Peg-8, Glycereth-26, Sucrose, Sorbitan Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Trehalose, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Peg-75, Caffeine, Pantethine, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Oryzanol, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Phytosterols, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Dextrin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).
The Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask might not contain the ingredient basics that you skin needs every day, but it does contain ingredients that will give you moisturisation. It works well and leaves the skin feeling thicker, healthier and deeply moisturised.
I recommend this mask for all skin types for use on those days when your skin is feeling a little dry. If your skin dries a lot during travelling then it might be worth adding this to your travel kit!
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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