I am a recent subscriber of Glossybox. I received my first box in February and I am hooked. It is now May and I am writing my first review of a product received via my paid subscription. In the April Glossybox, I received the UNANI dermo defense face mask. I love trying out new face masks; however, this one gave me cause to pause. Find out why. Oh, don't worry, lovelies. This one has a happy ending.
About UNANI Dermo Defense Face Mask
UNANI dermo defense face mask is made for sensitive skin. It’s meant for use one to two times per week. It’s supposed to provide skincare protection, nutrition, and hydration as it removed impurities from the skin. After a few weeks of use, you are supposed to notice a profound improvement in skin regeneration.
The mask is a thick, gel substance. It is clear and has a mild citrus scent. Initially I thought this might be more like a peel-off mask. But the gel mask has no tacky feel to it. It smooths over the skin and dries clear. The mask doesn't actually absorb into the skin but it lays on top. The texture, claims, and appearance of the mask raised some questions for me.
Something Felt Off
This description of the mask really didn't tell me anything. The feel of the mask did not lead me to believe it could remove impurities. I wondered how a mask can provide skin nutrition when I did not see one vitamin, mineral, or protein listed in the ingredients. That claim seems like a buzz claim to boost its appeal.
I also took a look at the ingredient list. What I saw did not appear to come close to providing nutrition, removing impurities, or improving skin regeneration. There were some ingredients I was not familiar with so I did some research. You never know maybe these unfamiliar ingredients could prove the claims.
A Closer Look at UNANI's Ingredients
I am going to list the ingredients, explain their function in skincare and how they might be used in the mask.
ACTIVE SKINCARE INGREDEINTS
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: A skin soother and natural moisturizer. It is believed aloe can improve skin healing and skin inflammation. This would relate to the claims of improving skin regeneration (skin repair).
- Aqua, Propanediol, Curculigno Orchioides Root Extract, Glycerin: These four ingredients together have been found to balance skin ph. This formula is patented under the name Caresoft. It can be linked to the claim of protecting skin.
INGREDIENTS TO STABILIZE, PRESERVE, AND ENHANCE PRODUCT APPEARANCE
- Sodium Hidroxide: Also known as lye and is a common ingredient in beauty products. It’s a pH adjuster or buffering agent. It’s used to adjust the pH of products. Since lye is a base, it would be used to adjust/lower the acidity of products so it is safe for use on the skin.
- Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer: A stabilizer to make sure liquid and lipid components create a uniform or smooth consistency.
- Disodium EDTA: Acts as a preservative, cleaning agent, counteracts the adverse effects of hard water preventing metal ions from depositing on the skin. All three benefits of this ingredient probably help the mask I am inclined to believe it is used primarily as a preservative and secondary for protecting skin from hard water.
- Dehydoacetic Acid and Disodium EDTA: Both are antimicrobial agents used as preservatives in skincare products.
- Benzyl Alcohol: is an organic alcohol found in fruits and teas. It is often used as a solvent, preservative, and fragrance ingredient.
- Perfume/Parfum: Impart fragrance/scent.
- d-Limonene: Fragrance and flavoring agent. Due to its position in the list of ingredients, it appears to be a fragrance agent to add a citrus-like scent to the mask.
- Citral: A component of lemongrass oil, verbena oil, lemon myrtle oil, lemon oil, and orange oil. It is used to impart a citrus, specifically lemon, scent.
- Isoeugenol: A derivative of clove oil that is used to impart the scent of cloves. It is believed that clove oil has anti-bacterial properties and is also used as a natural remedy for acne. However, due to the placement of this ingredient on the list, I am inclined to believe it’s used for fragrance.
The Verdict is In
After researching the ingredients. I found that as I suspected, the nutrition claims were exaggerated to put it nicely. However, the other claims appear to be true based upon what the ingredients at the beginning of the list actually do. All of the ingredients are safe for use in beauty products. After I discovered the UNANI dermo defense face mask Was safe to use. It was time to test it out.
Using the Mask
I used this mask for two weeks. After the initial use, my face looked refreshed. I only used the mask twice a week as instructed and only left it on for 10 minutes. I like to use this mask after I exfoliate and it seems to calm my skin afterwards. I really do like it. In fact, it is my second favorite item from my April Glossybox.
I could have simply written this review focusing on the physical attributes of the mask and giving my experience with it. Since I had questions about the product that I needed answered before I used it, I wanted to share this with you lovelies as well. The reason for this is to show that you can research the ingredients of your beauty products if you have questions about what you are about to put on your skin. Here are good resources to check out: