Product Girl has a point…If you have not tried the Rare Earth skincare line yet, this is a great time to try it. As a gal with oily skin who is not a fan of her pores, this product line targets them to pull all the toxins and gunk out of your pores. What’s not to love?
The Right Brain responds:
Sarah Bellum has been checking out other top beauty blogs and thought we should comment on this post from Product Girl on Kiehl’s Rare Earth Facial Mask. While we agree that Kiehl’s makes great products, they always seem over priced to us. Is there a way to get the same benefits for less money?
(Oh yeah, the Left Brain will kill me if I don’t point out that masks can help remove dead skins cells but they don’t really pull “toxins” out of your skin or blood. That’s what your liver is for!)
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Ingredients ($22 for 5 oz.)
Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, CI 77891, Zea mays, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80, Tocopherol Methylparaben Lecithin Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, acetyl methionine, Serica, Avena sativa, Prunus armeniaca, Persea gratissima, Triticum Vulgare, Guaiazulene, TBHQ, aloe barbadensis leaf extract.
The most important ingredients in facial masks are the clays that produce the drying, tightening sensation. There are two basic types and Kiehl’s has them both: Kaolin clay (aka China clay or White clay) is very mild and is used for both sensitive skin and dry skin. It is good for use in masks because it does not expand with increasing water content. However, using too much Kaolin can make the product feel gritty.
Bentonite clay (a combination of montmorillonite and volcanic ash) is very absorbent and is best suited for oil skin. It doesn’t dissolve in water but it will absorb enough to swell to about eight times its weight. However, large amounts of Bentonite will make the mask take longer to dry. In small quantities it helps make the mask more elastic.
The best mask formulas use a blend of both of these ingredients.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque Ingredients ($6.99 for 12 oz.)
Water, Kaolin, Bentonite (CI 77004), Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Chromium Oxide Green (CI#77288), Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben.
As you can see, both products have a blend of Kaolin and Bentonite. But Kiehl’s is almost 9 times more expensive Queen Helene! At that price, the best use for this product may be to wear it as a face mask when you rob a bank so you can afford by buy more. (Just kiddin’, kind of.) But seriously, at that price, the cheaper alternatives, like Queen Helene, are at least worth a look.
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