Andalou Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask
— Glycolic Mask
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of treatments out on the shelves right now, you’re not alone. There’s something for everyone: sheet, jelly, charcoal, and clay masks just to name a few, all targeting different conditions and skin types alike. Products with glycolic acid and subsequent AHAs have everyone hoping that their skin will be magically cured after a dose of the good stuff.
Andalou has formulated their Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask as a natural alternative to otherwise very active products containing these ingredients in synthetic form.
The product has had some incredibly success stories from people struggling with dull skin, enlarged pores, and even acne prone. Rich in beta carotene, The Vitamin C component of this product found in the Pumpkin puree acts as a driver to improve surface pigmentation, uneven skintone and invigorates cell turnover for stronger, more healthy looking skin.
Pumpkin puree has natural enzymes working to remove dead skin cells for brightening, and Manuka Honey to help soothe, heal and balance. Glycolic Acid has AHAs present to gently exfoliate dead cells and impurities. The ingredients work together to leave the skin smooth, plump and even-coloured.
This product claims to be 'Gluten Free', ‘FSC Certified’, ‘GMO Free’ and ‘Cruelty Free‘.
What does this mean?
Andalou Naturals has a certified organic content benchmark in each of their products at a minimum of 70%, which we think is pretty damn good. Their range of skincare marries the best of naturally derived ingredients and green science to enrich the world with one responsible product at a time. The technology used to extract their ingredients is through plant stem cell technology, proving their support to sustainable trade and eco-conservation by only using fair-trade ingredients. Their transparency around their ingredients is admirable, even having formally advised the public that any product containing palm oil or its derivatives are from sustainable palm oil sources.
Andalou advises that all cartons, bottles, jars, and tubes under their brand are widely recyclable using PET plastic and 100% BPA-free. The brand does not test on animals, and is certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny.
The only way to describe this fragrance is pumpkin spice. It’s warming nutmeg, cinnamon and clove component also marry nicely with the Aloe Vera ingredient to create a really refreshing spiced scent.
The texture is as smooth as you can get pumpkin puree to be, and you don’t need a lot for it to go a long way due to its thickness. It almost likens to a cream when applied, and forms into a gel once its ready to be removed.
This product goes a long way, as only a small amount is needed for your at-home mini glycolic treatment. Due to the AHA component, it can tingly on the first few uses and is known to warm the face due to its spicier ingredients so stay clear from the eye area. It leaves the skin feeling soft, fresh and exfoliated, prepped for the hydrating steps your routine. Make sure to cleanse off with cooler water to take away heat from the skin. Due to the warming properties and active AHA component, steer clear if you are subject to any sensitivities.
Manuka Honey is a therapeutic and anti-inflammatory honey.
Sodium Hyaluronate (aka. Hyaluronic Acid)’s water-attracting properties fill up the spaces between collagen and elastin fibers in the skin.
Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) are correlated with self-renewal growth characteristics and high levels of anthocyanin.
Glycolic acid, the ‘the holy grail for exfoliation’ due to it being an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).
Ethylhexylglycerin, a ‘natural’ preservative derived from glycerine which has been found to be an irritant.
This product uses 2 types of plastic in its packaging and a screen printed label.
Andalou advises that all cartons, bottles, jars, and tubes under their brand are widely recyclable and 100% BPA-free. The brand uses PET plastic jars, and the resin used does not contain BPA, phthalates, dioxins, lead, cadmium or endocrine disruptors. The reason these materials were chosen is to minimise shipping materials necessary to protect their products during process and handling. For example, if glass jars enclosed their products, the company would need to protect it with extra plastic and cardboard to ensure no breakages during transit.
Andalou also identify that their packaging choices (i.e. tinted or opaque jars) are in place to protect the formulas from sunlight and oxidation during their shelf-life, assuming consumers understand to store their products in a regulated temperature to maintain freshness and product integrity.
Aside from this, the brand does not offer any product stewardship or refills on their products. We understand this could be for reasons such as hygiene, however we also don’t see any proactive means to reduce their carbon footprint despite their transparency on their website FAQs.
Formulation full analysis
Manuka Honey is a type of honey produced by bees that feed on the manuka shrub in New Zealand’s North Island. Manuka Honey has been found to have higher therapeutic properties than other raw, unheated honeys, despite these also having better health benefits over most supermarket brands that have been processed (i.e. heated or pasteurized). Raw honey, and particularly Manuka, are packed with Vitamins B, C and live enzymes that carry anti-inflammatory properties to help heal acne, reduce redness, and heal congested or inflamed skin. Manuka in particular oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria and promotes skin regeneration. The hydration properties found in Manuka Honey prepare your skin to absorb and hold moisture for a dewy complexion.
Sodium Hyaluronate – you may have heard of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) as a must-have in your skincare routine, and it definitely is. HA is naturally occurring within your body’s tissues, especially the ones in your face. Its water-binding and water-attracting properties fill up the spaces between collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, resulting in hydration and more youthful looking skin. Sodium Hyaluronate has smaller molecular size to Hyaluronic Acid, making it easier to be absorbed by the skin. It promotes blood circulation and nutrient absorption, making your products that have this ingredient penetrate much deeper into the skin.
Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) are stem cells from two fruits that have undergone plant stem cell technology. Malus Domestsica is a Swiss apple that contributes to the longevity of skin cells due to its self-renewal growth characteristics, and Solar Vitis a grape cultivar with extremely high levels of anthocyanin which provides the skin with antioxidants and protect against UV radiation. Due to both species of fruit being rare, stem cell technology is necessary to incorporate these ingredients into the composition.
Glycolic acid has been coined “the holy grail for exfoliation” due to it being an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) responsible for rejuvenating aging skin through promoting blood flow to the skin. This ingredient aids gentle exfoliation in removing dead skin cells and brighten skin through breaking down skin cell accumulation. Collagen production is another benefit from using AHAs, as they may help destroy old collagen fibres to pave the way for newer stronger ones to form. It is a harsher AHA than for example, Salicylic Acid, and is not recommended for sensitive skin types prone to reaction.
Ethylhexylglycerin - is it as dangerous as it sounds? It’s important to know the benefits and risks of every ingredient and understand how it can affect you. We know that parabens are horrible chemicals used in products, and sadly, that they are the most effective preservatives going around. Ethylhexylglycerin may not be as effective as a paraben, but it sure as hell is safer and less detrimental to your health than them. Although the ingredient is labelled as a preservative, it is “natural” in that it is derived from Glycerin. There have been some studies to show this ingredient has been found to be an irritant, so even if it’s a little better for you than the rest, we still don’t recommend it to put on your face.
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