SEPHORA COLLECTION - SUPERMASK - The Charcoal Mask

SEPHORA COLLECTION SUPERMASK - The Charcoal Mask

WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • arginine
  • betaine
  • glycerin
  • hydrolyzed jojoba esters
  • hydroxyethyl urea
  • tocopherol
  • +3 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"This dual-action treatment lotion and fiber mask purifies skin, tightens pores, and refines skin texture."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: hydroxyethyl urea.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, betaine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
alcohol denat.
does not have skin benefit
1,2-hexanediol
does not have skin benefit
coceth-7
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 6.2%
A derivative of urea, a compound that is naturally present in skin. Attracts water to the upper layer of the skin. Can enhance penetration of other ingredients
3.1% - 4.7%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
2.6% - 3.9%
A preservative
1% - 1.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
1.4% - 2.1%
1.2% - 1.9%
Helps water and oil mix together
1% - 1.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 1.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.15% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.6%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.15% - 0.5%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.45%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.4%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.45%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.35%
Benefits for the skin are not clear
0.15% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.05% - 0.15%

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