Hello everyone! I think it has been a year since I last posted something under the Ingredient Wise category on my blog. I got so caught up in regular product reviews, that this section kind of disappeared off my radar for a bit. I will try to post more of these in the coming months! 🙂
Now in case your wondering what this category is all about here is a quick description: We take a hyped up product, review the claims and see if the ingredients in it actually support the claims and promises. Today, I am going to dissect the ingredient list of the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask which comes at a price tag of 80 US $. This mask is quite popular among beauty enthusiasts and generally I feel everyone is after firming products with gold particles in it these days! 80$ is a hefty price tag for a face mask (and I thought the Glam glow face mask price tags were atrocious)
(Image Source: Sephora website)
Claims ( From Sephora’s website)
This lavish, pampering treatment helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. Caffeine helps tighten and firm the look of skin while peridot—an exquisite gemstone rich in magnesium—re-energizes and helps reduce the aging effects of stress. The 24K gold imparts an opulent, radiant glow and locks in moisture for ultra-hydrated skin.
Ingredients (From Sephora’s website)
-24K Gold: Imparts an opulent, radiant glow; locks in moisture and keeps skin firm.
-Colloidal Gold: Helps lift, firm, and restore lost elasticity.
-Peridot: An ancient green gemstone rich in magnesium to help re-energize and minimize the aging effects of stress.
Glycerin, Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Olivine Extract, Colloidal Gold, Pentylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Gold (Ci 77480), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
Do the claims work?
Yup I agree with them on the pampering part …after all putting on a face mask with 24K gold particles is luxe pampering! I did search quite a bit on the internet for some independent research on if gold helps lock in moisture when applied on the skin, and unfortunately found none. If you look at the ingredient list, you will see that the glycerin is the very first ingredient. Glycerin has been used for decades as a very good moisturizing ingredient and can be found in cheaper face masks and moisturizers as well. The mask also contains high amounts of Sodium Hyaluronate which is an excellent humectant. Humectants attract water and hence when applied on the skin, they keep the skin moist and supple with no greasiness. This mask will definitely be moisturizing just that it will be because of these 2 ingredients instead of the gold particles.
Caffeine at one point was a hot ingredient for cosmetic products probably because of its anti inflammatory properties. However, there is not much scientific evidence to prove that it can help with anti ageing or skin tightening. Paula’s Choice has a good write up on caffeine in skincare (HERE) complete with scientific references.
The ingredient in this face mask that intrigues me the most is the peridot gemstone! In the ingredient list it is listed as Olivine Extract which is essentially a bio available (can be absorbed by the body) magnesium complex sourced from Peridot. I could not find any independent scientific data on olivine extract- it is a cosmetic ingredient marketed by a company called Gattefosse. So again, no idea if this really helps with minimizing ageing from stress
Now lets take a look at the ingredient that is the main focus of this face mask..the gold! Now I could not find any independent scientific study that shows gold can help in firming the skin and restore lost elasticity. However, there are a lot of people who claim to see the benefits so the verdict is still out there on if gold really works in firming the skin.Do let me know if you have come across any independent studies which support these claims.
The radiant skin promised by the mask is probably due to the temporary and brief deposit of the gold particles on skin which reflect light. Additionally the mica present in the mask might also contribute to this illusion.
Overall, I am not convinced about the benefits of this mask. I do believe that it will be a nice moisturizing mask but not sure if it can provide actual firming and anti ageing benefits.
Have you tried this mask? Has it worked for you? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…ciao!!