If you take a look at the ingredients of a sheet mask, even high-end brands, you may find there are a few nasties in the ingredient list. This is one of many aspects in which LUIERE wanted to be different. We care about having only the very best for your skin!
LUIERE masks are free from alcohol, parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oils, sulphates, any harsh preservatives or artificial fragrances.
Why we avoid alcohol:
Alcohol can be very drying on the skin. It can also be aggravating and weaken the skin, making it a potentially harmful ingredient for those with sensitive skin. The damaging and drying effect on the skin can also make acne skin worse.
Why we avoid parabens:
Research has found that parabens can cause skin to break down. According to the Silent Spring Institute responsible for research in the area of breast cancer prevention, parabens are estrogenic, meaning they mimic the function of the naturally-occurring hormone estrogen in our bodies. Exposure to estrogens has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive issues. New research suggests that parabens may be more potent than previously thought.
Why we avoid propylene glycol:
According to Environmental Working Group, propylene glycol is categorised as a “moderate” health issue. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitisation in humans with as low as 2% concentration. It has also been classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful” by Environment Canada.
Why we avoid mineral oils:
Mineral oil is considered comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and worsen the condition of acne. Although higher grades of mineral oils that have been purified, such as “pharmaceutical grade,” or “mineral oil USP," are considered less comedogenic, they can still trap ingredients in your pores. The oil functions as an “occlusive agent”—which means that it forms a physical barrier over your skin to reduce moisture loss. However, if you already have bacteria on your skin (most likely), or if you have other ingredients in your product that can clog pores, even the most refined mineral oil will keep all of that close and tight to your skin, increasing the risk of breakouts. According to the renowned celebrity dermatologist Ava Shamban, because of this barrier effect it has on skin, mineral oil can also clog pores and should be avoided.
Why we avoid sulphates:
Research has found sulphates tend to irritate and dry out the skin. David Lortscher, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist explains that not only can sulphates dry out your skin, but it may also lead to more acne for any skin having frequent contact with the ingredient. This issue is also worse when used on the face compared to the body.
Due to the drying and irritating affect, the ingredient should be avoided by sensitive, dry, ageing and even acne-prone skin. The drying out of acne skin causes the body to product more oil to supplement for the dryness, in turn, causing more oiliness and a greater likelihood for clogged pores and pimples.
We also avoid harsh preservatives to protect the skin from irritants and avoid any artificial fragrances as they do not nourish or bring any benefit to the skin, in fact, some artificial fragrances can contain over 200 hidden synthetic chemicals!
For ethical reasons, LUIERE also avoids the use of any animal-derived ingredients or any testing on animals.