Today’s Benton Aloe Soothing Mask Pack review is taking a look at a mask intended for irritated skin. To put it to the test, we tried it out on skin that’s sensitive, easily-irritated AND acne prone!
It’s a 23g face mask made with a TENCEL mask sheet.
TENCEL is a botanical fiber made from cellulose or ground wood pulp. It’s sourced from sustainable forest plantations, making a good choice for a mask material. The non-toxic, recyclable chemicals break down the pulp, which helps to eliminate any negative environmental impacts from face masks.
The mask has a pH level of between 6-7, making it slightly acidic.
Benton claims that it’s Aloe Mask “instantly nourishes and deeply hydrates while fitting close to the skin without irritation.”
The full ingredients list is:
“Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Aqua, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Sodium gluconate, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cellulose gum”
First up, let’s start with what’s not in the mask – it has no artificial flavours or volatile alcohols, which is important for those with sensitive, irritated skin. It throws up one sole potential acne trigger, Butylene Glycol, which is rated 1 on COSDNA.
The key ingredient, comprising 48% of the formula is Aloe Vera extract and leaf water. Aloe Vera has a long history of use to soothe sensitive skin. It’s great for after sun care, particularly if you have a sunburn, as it is rich in polysaccharides. Aloe is also an excellent ingredient for soothing and hydrating.
The next star ingredient is Camellia Sinensis (green tea), which is naturally rich in antioxidants. Green tea has a cell-protecting function and can also help fight free radicals, which cause aging.
Sodium PCA is in the formula because it acts as a natural moisturising ingredient, as does sodium hyaluronate. Beta glucan is also included. Beta glucan is really having a moment in Korean Beauty this year. It’s an anti-allergic type of sugar found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants. It is purported to be able to help rebuild a damaged skin barrier.
There are a couple of different ways you can use Aloe Mask Pack.
1. Benton recommends storing it in the fridge for extra cooling, and to help tighten the pores.
2. The second way is to do a quick steam before you use it, to open up and tighten the pores. After cleansing or steaming, apply the mask and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Be sure not to use the most for longer than this, or it may have the reverse effect and start drawing moisture away from the skin.
Once you’ve finished masking, don’t wash your face, but instead follow up with a moisturiser to help lock in additional hydration. Benton recommends using the mask together with Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel and it’s true – the two work really well together to take any redness out of the face.
If you have any leftover essence after you’ve finished masking, use it on your neck, elbows and legs to moisturise them too so that no product goes to waste!
Benton Aloe Soothing Mask does exactly what it says on the packet!
It’s very soothing, particularly on skin that has been irritated, suffered from an allergic reaction. It is also great for skin that has been damaged due to overuse of acids. If you find that your skin stings or hurts after you’ve applied a BHA or AHA, then this is the mask for you.
The mask itself is sturdy, has a decent fit and comes with a light, clear essence.
It’s not the most hydrating face mask, but it’s not claiming to be – instead, it offers a nice, light layer of hydration that works well with the other ingredients in the mask to soothe the skin.
It’s a good option for those with sensitive skin, as it won’t irritate your sensitivities but will hydrate and soothe your skin.
The mask works to balance the levels of oil and moisture in the skin, making it a good option for those with oily or combination skin.
Aloe Mask is oil free, so it’s a good fit for those looking to avoid oils in their skincare products.
Benton is PETA-certified cruelty-free and does not test any of their skincare products on animals, so if you’re cruelty-free, this mask will be a perfect fit.
If you’re looking for an extremely moisturising mask, this may not be the best fit. Although Aloe Mask offers good hydration (about a 20-25% increase in skin’s hydration levels after masking), the real benefits come in the redness reducing and soothing properties of aloe vera and green tea.
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