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JLO BEAUTY: Worth the hype? Ingredients and Review. Part One

The JLo Beauty skincare line has been one of the biggest launches in the beauty world recently. Jennifer Lopez does not need an introduction, and her releasing a beauty line has certainly made many people interested in what she has to offer in terms of skincare products. The line is focused on the benefits of olive oil which generated some heated discussion – can it aggravate skin issues? The price of the products has also been questioned by many. Is this line worth it? Are the ingredients good, and which ones can be harmful? What do they actually do, how good quality are they, and how well are they placed in the skincare market when compared to other products? This review will objectively analyse the cleanser, the serum and the mask and provide answers to all the questions above.

 

To read the ingredient analysis and full review of the JLo Beauty sunscreen, please click here.

 

 

That Hit Single in a Gel Cream Cleanser

150ml 38 USD (approx. £27)

 

Water Water (which is the base of this product)
Glycerin

Naturally found in the skin, it is skin-replenishing and skin-restoring, helping to maintain moisture levels. It can also improve the spreading qualities of creams.

It can be comedogenic and irritating to some individuals if used in concentrated solutions.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine Cleansing agent that is gentle and mild. It is derived from coconut oil salt. May cause contact allergies and contact dermatitis in some individuals.
Coco-Glucoside A very mild cleansing agent (mixture of fatty alcohol from glucose and coconut).
 Propanediol Increases the absorbency of ingredients, and has hydrating properties to the skin, leaving it smooth and dewy.
 Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate A mild cleansing agent (derived from coconut)
Cocomidylpropyl Hydroxysultaine A mild cleansing agent.
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate A mild cleansing agent.
Acrylates Crosspolymer-4 Texture Enhancer
Butylene Glycol Texture enhancer
Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract Skin conditioning properties. Almost no information was found on this ingredient.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract Used to soften and condition skin. It is rich in antioxidants, moisturising polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients such as selenium, calcium, iron, zinc and phosphorus.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract Extract from the leaves of olive trees. Not many research has been done on this ingredient when it comes to its topical use on the skin, but it is believed to nourish and hydrate the skin. It is also believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Type of green tea plant. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-aging properties and helps sun damaged skin. 
Aspalathus Linearis Extract Commonly known as rooibos. It is a source of antioxidants. It is also believed to help with wound healing and inflammation. Not a lot of information was found about this ingredient when used topically.
Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract Rich in antioxidants with some believed properties of helping with wrinkles and loss of firmness.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil

Emollient. It contains fatty acids which are beneficial to dry skin, such as oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. It provides slip and antioxidant benefits.

When used on its own, it can cause contact dermatitis and it can be comedogenic. However, olive oil is not sensitising when used in small amounts and when is mixed with other skincare ingredients.
Pseudozyma Epicola/Olive Fruit Oil Ferment Filtrate Humectant and skin conditioning. This means that it helps the product retain its moisture as well as retaining the water on the skin.
Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate Contains skin conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil. It can be occlusive on the skin, meaning that it will help keep all the hydrating substances in the skin for longer.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract Extract of the fruit of the coconut tree. It has skin conditioning fatty acids, proteins and B vitamins.
Honey Extract

It is beneficial to the skin due to its peptide, amino acid, antioxidant, antibacterial composition. 

Honey forms a barrier on the skin that can help protect and soothe. It creates a watertight film on the skin, helping it to rehydrate itself. Honey can also help with healing wounds.

Honey could cause allergic reactions in people allergic to pollen.

Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables Hydrogenated olive oil means it was chemically converted from a liquid to a semi solid form. For the benefits of olive oil please see the explanations above.
Boswellia Serrata Extract Has both positive and negative effects on the skin. On one hand it is believed to have skin soothing properties, on the other, just like other fragrant plant extracts it could be sensitising to the skin.
Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer Thickening agent
Glycol Distearate Thickening agent and emollient
Lauryl Glucoside A mild cleansing agent
Sodium Chloride Commonly known as table salt. Used as a binding agent, sometimes as an abrasive scrub. It can also thicken the water in non-soap face washes.
Glycolipids Emulsifier, emollient and skin replenishing. It is a type of lipid composed of sugar and fat. Glycolipids can provide a natural layer of protective fats that keep the skin moisturised. 
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate Stabilises the water phase of skincare products that have hydrating ingredients.
Salicylic Acid

It is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) with a multitude of benefits to the skin. It is an exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin.

It also reduces breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. It can also calm irritated skin and help with uneven skin tones.

It is antimicrobial, antiseptic, it enhances the activity of preservatives and can also be a pH adjuster. 

BHA does make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure.

Niacinamide

It is vitamin B3 and has multiple benefits to the skin.

It has skin-soothing, skin-restoring and antioxidant properties. It is very often used in acne-fighting products, as it can help with enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness and signs of aging.

Mica Colouring agent (sparkly white). Used to give sparkle and various degrees of opacity to products.
Squalane

Highly effective emollient and natural antioxidant. It gained popularity recently, as many believe in its hydrating properties. Squalane is a derivate of squalene, which is naturally produced by the body and of which production reduces in time with aging.

Squalane can be obtained from shark liver or from olives, however, manufacturers usually do not disclose the ingredient’s source. However, in the JLo Beauty products the source of the squalane is clearly stated as being from olives.

Tin Oxide Controls the viscosity and is an opacifying agent.
Oleanolic Acid It has skin soothing properties. Also an antioxidant.
Polydextrose A synthetic polymer of glucose.
Dextrin Humectant. May also be used as a viscosity controlling agent. It may cause an allergic reaction.
Amylopectin Viscosity controlling
Tetrapeptide-14 A peptide designed by a small company (Helix Biomedix). It is supposed to have a soothing effect on the skin, reducing redness and inflammation. It can also plump the skin, giving the effect of more youthful skin.
Sodium Hydroxide

Also known as lye. It maintains the pH of a product. It potentially poses a high risk of irritation to the skin. Its concentration is highly controlled by the European Commission. 

However, it is a base that interacts with an acid and thus becomes a sodium salt, which is more soluble and easier to use. If the quantity of Sodium Hydroxide is not left in excess after these reactions, it should not be an irritant – it is all based on quantity.

Citric Acid

Used to adjust the pH of products, is an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) and so can exfoliate skin if used in the right amount within a product. It can also whiten the skin, so it could help with uneven skin tones. 

AHA does make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure.

Sodium Benzoate Preservative. It has restrictions regarding its concentration in products.
Phenoxyethanol Preservative. Can cause contact allergies and contact dermatitis. It is limited to 1% of the finished product if used as a preservative. However, if used according to the regulations it should not cause any harmful effects.
Potassium Sorbate Preservative. It has restrictions regarding its concentration in products. It may cause mild skin irritation.
Fragrance Leading source of skin irritation. Oftentimes under the one word ’fragrance’ there is a long list of individual chemical components.
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) A natural mineral used as a thickening, whitening and sunscreen ingredient. It protects from both UVB and UVA radiation. It is considered to be gentle and poses no threat of irritation.
Carmine (CI 75470) Colouring Agent (red). Obtained from dried female cochineal beetles. Carmine may cause allergic reactions.

 

Analysis

 

A cleanser should have multiple properties in order to be considered effective in a skincare routine. First of all, it needs to have makeup or sunscreen removing properties, since we all need to remove all traces of these two at the end of the day. It also needs to help remove pollutants off our skin, such as dirt. The product needs to leave the skin clean and ready for the next step in the skincare routine. That Hit Single In a Gel Cream Cleanser from JLo Beauty does this through its multiple cleansing agents present in the formulation. None of them are listed as being drying to the skin or to have a high risk of irritation.

Some cleaners will also have skin benefits included in them as well, the most popular quality being the inclusion of chemical exfoliators in, which will help keep the skin healthy and luminous. That Hit Single Gel Cream Cleanser contains some exfoliants as well, both AHA and BHA, such as Salicylic Acid and Citric Acid. They are further down the list of ingredients, meaning that their concentration is not strong. 

The rest of the necessary qualities of a fantastic cleanser would be beneficial ingredients to the skin. The JLo cleanser contains many antioxidants which will improve the skin and protect it. It also contains many moisturising ingredients throughout which will further counteract any negative effects that a cleanser might have, leaving skin soft and as hydrated as possible. 

Keeping in mind these three components of an excellent cleanser, the JLo Beauty Cleanser has them all. This is an objective analysis of the product, meaning that this review is based on the qualities and capabilities of the cleanser based solely on its ingredients. 

 

In terms of harmful ingredients or red flags, this product does contain fragrance, which is a well known skin irritant that has no benefits to the skin. However, because this is a wash off cleanser, the presence of fragrance is not a huge impediment and should not cause problems. Unfortunately, this can be said of the beneficial ingredients in it as well, that you wash them off quickly and therefore they do not have time to affect the skin much. However, I still believe that the presence of all three categories of a great cleanser is fantastic.

Another redundant and unnecessary ingredient in this product is Carmine, which is a colouring agent and has no benefits to the skin. This can also cause allergic reactions in some individuals. The colour of this cleanser is irrelevant to its efficacy and use. Moreover, if this can also cause allergies, all we can hope for is that JLo Beauty will drop the use of carmine in the future. 

There is also Sodium Hydroxide, which is a known skin irritant, however, as stated in the table above, when it interacts with acids it becomes a sodium salt. The JLo Beauty Cleanser does contain many acids and therefore sodium hydroxide should be not left in excess after these reactions. Therefore, it should not be an irritant. 

The JLo Beauty cleanser also contains honey and dextrin, which could cause allergies in some individuals as well. Honey can cause an issue for people allergic to pollen. Similarly, depending on its source, dextrin can cause issues for people allergic to wheat. However, in the United States dextrin is usually made from gluten-free ingredients.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is another ingredient that can cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.  However, this depends on the purity of the ingredient and the quality of its manufacturing. If no impurities are present, then it should not cause a problem.

This product is free from parabens, sulfates SLS + SLES, phthalates and dyes. Whether these are an issue or not in skincare, remains the topic for another article.

 

 

Is this product vegan?

 

No, That Hit Single in a Gel Cream Cleanser from JLo Beauty it is not vegan, due to the presence of Carmine and the Honey Extract. 

 

Is it overpriced? 

 

Compared to other cleansers on the market I do not believe that the JLo Beauty cleanser is overpriced. It comes in a generous size of 150ml which should last you for a while. It costs 38 dollars, or around 27 pounds. In terms of cleansers that remove makeup, have exfoliants and also contain antioxidants and hydrating ingredients, they mostly cost about the same, highly dependent on the brand. This product is definitely not cheap, but affordability means something different for everyone. When placed in comparison with other cleansers available on the skincare market nowadays, it is leaning towards the more expensive side. 

1ml of JLo Beauty’s That Hit Single In a Gel Cream Cleanser costs 0.25USD. 1ml of the Medicalia Gentle Cleanser (one of my favourite cleansers) costs 0.20 USD. 1ml of Comfort Zone’s Essential Face Wash costs 0.20 USD. 1ml of The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser costs 0.15 USD. 1 ml of Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser costs 0.04 USD. Please note that the cleansers are not similar in formulations (meaning their ingredients and benefits vary).

 

Is it worth it?

 

It depends on your budget. If you can afford it, then I would say this is a great product to try. That being said, cleansers are wash off products and therefore you could try to use much cheaper alternatives that do the job. However, some people are sensitive to lots of cleansers and might find that a gentle one with beneficial ingredients for the skin will suit them better. 

The JLo Beauty cleanser loses points when it comes to its use of fragrance and carmine. These two are completely redundant to the product and bring no benefits what so ever. You also need to consider that although honey is a great ingredient in skincare, it could cause allergies in people allergic to pollen. 

If you are keen to try JLo Beauty but have a limited budget, I would recommend getting a leave-on product from the brand instead in order to maximise the benefits from the ingredients. 

 

 

That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum

45ml for 118 USD (approx. £84)

 

Water Water (which is the base of this product)
Butylene Glycol Texture Enhancer
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate Yeast. It is a source of beta-glucan, which is a good antioxidant. In skincare, yeast is believed to help create a healthier looking skin.
Squalane

Highly effective emollient and natural antioxidant. It gained popularity recently, as many believe in its hydrating properties. Squalane is a derivative of squalene, which is naturally produced by the body and of which production reduces in time with aging.

Squalane can be obtained from shark liver or from olives, however, manufacturers usually do not disclose the ingredient’s source. However, in the JLo Beauty products the source of the squalane is clearly stated as being from olives.

Niacinamide

One of the best ingredients to be found in skincare, it is vitamin B3 and has multiple benefits to the skin.

It has skin-soothing, skin-restoring and antioxidant properties. It is very often used especially in acne-fighting products, as it can help with enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness and signs of aging.

Propanediol Increases the absorbency of ingredients, and has hydrating properties to the skin, leaving it smooth and dewy.
Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide Emollient and skin protecting ingredient. It is believed to stimulate and protect the beneficial microbial skin flora. It also stimulates the antimicrobial peptide release of keratinocytes (which are skin cells). It also has water binding properties, helping the skin to retain moisture.
Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Emollient used to supply the skin with omega fatty acids which strengthen the skin against moisture loss. It also contains amino acids and is a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil

Emollient. It contains fatty acids which are beneficial to dry skin, such as oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. It provides slip and antioxidant benefits.

When used on its own, it can cause contact dermatitis and it can be comedogenic. However, olive oil is not sensitising when used in small amounts and when is mixed with other skincare ingredients.
Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake)

Antioxidant. It is supposed to brighten and even out skin. There is not a lot of information available about this ingredient. 

This ingredient is often used in the pharmaceutical industry, depending on the type of rice used. However, not much information was found about it when used topically on the skin.

Olive Oil Glycerth 8 Esters A derivative of olive oil modified in order to be water soluble. It retains the benefits of olive oil to the skin (see above). Often used as an emollient but can also have mild cleansing properties.
Pseudozyma Epicola/ Olive Fruit Oil Ferment Filtrate Humectant and skin conditioning. This means that it helps the product retain its moisture as well as retaining the water on the skin.
Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate Contains skin conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil. It can be occlusive on the skin, meaning that it will help keep all the hydrating substances in the skin for longer.
Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Texture enhancer
Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables Hydrogenated olive oil means it was chemically converted from a liquid to a semi solid form. For the benefits of Olive Oil please see the explanations above.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Type of green tea plant. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-aging properties and helps sun damaged skin.
Aspalathus Linearis Extract Commonly known as rooibos. It is a source of antioxidants. It is also believed to be helping with wound healing and inflammation. Not a lot of information was found about this ingredient when used topically.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract Extract from the leaves of olive trees. Not many research has been done on this ingredient when it comes to its topical use on the skin, but it is believed to nourish and hydrate the skin. It is also believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Honey Extract

It is beneficial to the skin due to its peptide, amino acid, antioxidant, antibacterial composition. 

Honey forms a barrier on the skin that can help protect and soothe. It creates a watertight film on the skin, helping it to rehydrate itself. Honey can also help with healing wounds.

Honey could cause allergic reactions in people allergic to pollen.

Boswellia Serrata Extract Has both positive and negative effects on the skin. On one hand it is believed to have skin soothing properties, on the other, just like other fragrant plant extracts it could be sensitising to the skin.
Biosaccharide Gum-1 Created from sorbitol through bacterial fermentation, this ingredient has the potential to be moisturising, anti-aging and restructuring qualities. However, not much information or research was found for this ingredient.
Biosaccharide Gum-4 See above
Algin Brown algae. Algae have antioxidant properties and are water binding agents. Believed to improve the appearance of aging skin. Algae have the property of water absorption. Thus, this ingredient could help plump the skin.
Hexylene Glycol Slip agent
Ethylhexylglycerin Skin softening agent, also used as a preservative.
Caprylyl Glycol Preservative
Sodium Hyaluronate

Considered to be a more efficient form of hyaluronic acid with skin restoring and replenishing properties. 

It moisturises the skin, giving elasticity and suppleness. Its ability to retain water gives an immediate effect of suppleness to the skin, improving rough skin surfaces.

Tetrapeptide-14 A peptide designed by a small company (Helix Biomedix). It is supposed to have a soothing effect on the skin, reducing redness and inflammation. It can also plump the skin, giving the effect of more youthful skin.
Xanthan Gum Used to stabilise emulsions (oil and water), thickening agent and texture enhancer.
Sodium Hydroxide

Also known as lye. It maintains the pH of a product. It potentially poses a high risk of irritation to the skin. Its concentration is highly controlled by the European Commission. 

However, it is a base that interacts with an acid and thus becomes a sodium salt, which is more soluble and easier to use. If the quantity of Sodium Hydroxide is not left in excess after these reactions, it should not be an irritant – it is all based on quantity.

Isopentyldiol Humectant. It gives skin a non-tacky feel. It also has a moisturizing effect.
Phenoxyethanol Preservative. Can cause contact allergies and contact dermatitis. It is limited to 1% of the finished product if used as a preservative. However, if used according to the regulations it should not cause any harmful effects.
Sodium Benzoate Preservative. It has restrictions regarding its concentration in products.
Potassium Sorbate Preservative. It has restrictions regarding its concentration in products. It may cause mild skin irritation.
Mica Colouring agent (sparkly white). Used to give sparkle and various degrees of opacity to products.
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) A natural mineral used as a thickening, whitening and sunscreen ingredient. It protects from both UVB and UVA radiation. It is considered to be gentle and poses no threat of irritation.
Carmine (CI 75470) Colouring agent (red). Obtained from dried female cochineal beetles. Carmine may cause allergic reactions.
Tin Oxide Controls the viscosity and is an opacifying agent.

 

Analysis 

 

The mix of ingredients in That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum is different from the average serum on the market. First of all, there is squalane, niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate, all three being fantastic ingredients. However, these are present in most serums nowadays. 

The presence of Propanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Algae extracts make it interesting already, putting That JLo Glow Serum on a list of beyond average products. What makes the JLo Beauty really stand out though, is the fact that the serum is mainly composed of ferments and acids, which are like probiotics for the skin. They do more than just hydrate skin – they protect the skin and make it healthier.

The honey extract and the presence of saccharides are also an interesting addition and are seen more rarely in face serums. The presence of oils and mica can create a glowing effect on the skin by reflecting light. When combined, all these different elements create an interesting product (for the benefits of each ingredient and further explanations please see the table above).

The JLo Beauty Serum contains many ingredients believed to be excellent for the skin. There are, however, a couple of ingredients that could have been avoided. There is no beneficial effect from the use of carmine. Carmine might actually cause an allergic reaction. The serum also contains the skin irritant sodium hydroxide. However, this product is very rich in acids. As mentioned in the table above, this means that the sodium hydroxide should become a sodium salt and not pose a risk to the skin. The serum is free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, dyes and fragrance (although the extract of boswellia serrata could offer some fragrant quality). 

 

Is this product vegan?

 

No, this product contains honey extract and carmine.

 

 

Can it really have a tightening and plumping effect? 

 

The JLo Beauty Serum contains many hydrating ingredients and ones that will help retain the water into the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, the algae extracts, the olive oil and olive leaf extracts, to name just a few, are all helping hydrating and plumping the skin. Hydration and retention of water into the skin help fill in fine lines formed by dehydration and give the skin a general effect of plumpiness. 

In terms of the sugar-derived matrix that tightens and lifts the skin immediately, we can identify the honey extract, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide and potentially the biosaccharide gum-1 and biosaccharide gum-4. The last two lack much research.

 

Is it anti-ageing? 

 

That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum lacks some of the most researched ingredients proven to help with anti-ageing such as retinol (Vitamin A). One of the reasons for this could be to increase the commercial quality of the product, allowing it to be suitable for as many people as possible. 

However, the JLo Beauty Serum is not advertised as being anti-ageing. It is advertised as hydrating, having a tightening effect on the skin and providing a glow and luminosity to the skin. 

When we talk of ageing skin we can define it by lack of plumpness, fine lines, dullness, uneven skin tone and dark spots. That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum offers plumpness and hydration, filling in fine lines, providing luminosity and glow, while also being rich in antioxidants which protects the skin from further environmental damage. The JLo Beauty Serum also contains many acids and ferments which will keep the skin healthy and potentially even out the skin tone. That JLo Glow Serum is also rich in antioxidants. These fight against environmental damage to the skin and thus the skin protect it from premature ageing and prevent wrinkles.

 

 

Is it overpriced? 

 

The JLo Glow Serum received a lot of criticism online for its price. For 45ml it costs 118 USD which is definitely not affordable. However, when compared to other serums on the market, the price is not outstanding. 1ml of the JLo Beauty Serum costs around 2.62 USD. 1ml of the Comfort Zone Remedy Serum (one of my favourite serums) costs 2.80 USD. 1ml of the Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Serum costs 2.80 USD. 1ml of the Murad Environmental Shield Brightening Serum costs 3.35 USD. 1ml of the Estee Lauder Lifting/Firming Serum costs 2.35 USD. The list could continue, with most higher end serums costing about the same. It is safe to assume that the JLo Beauty team priced their serum very similarly to other products on the market. 

Of course, this does not mean that it is not expensive. Priced like this, That JLo Glow Multitasking Serum fails to speak to many people. There are certainly affordable choices available on the market when it comes to serums – although their similarity in ingredients might differ considerably.

 

Is it worth it?

 

The serum contains many excellent ingredients for the skin, that not only hydrate and plump the skin, but also protect and keep it healthy. If your main concern for the skin is hydration, plumpness, protection from environmental factors while also giving it luminosity, then this serum could be fantastic. If you have specific skin issues you have to see if the JLo Beauty Serum contains ingredients suitable for your concern. That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum offers an umbrella of benefits, including some ingredients beneficial to redness, acne and irritation, but it might not be focused enough for specific concerns. 

 

 

 

That Limitless Glow In a Multitasking Mask

1 Mask 18 USD (approx. £13)

 

That Limitless Glow in a Multitasking Mask contains one ounce (30ml) of the JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum, the ingredients being exactly the same. To read all about them, please see the table above for the serum, as well as their analysis and other discussion based on the formulation. 

 

Is it overpriced?

 

The mask retails for 18 USD and is explained as being suitable for one use. Used like that, the mask is towards the pricier end. However, the trick is that you could use this mask multiple times. If the mask contains one ounce of the serum, that means it is very watery and filled with a lot of product. When it comes to sheet masks, they are often ultra-saturated in product and lots of it gets wasted. You could squeeze some of the product and keep it sealed in the fridge for later use. 

Another trick you could do, is that if you want to try the JLo Glow Serum but you cannot afford it or you are not sure if you will like it, you could buy That Limitless Glow in a Multitasking Mask instead for 18 USD, for one ounce of the serum (the serum contains 1.5 ounces and costs 118 USD). You could squeeze the serum out of the mask and try it out or use it a couple of times for a fraction of the actual serum’s price. 

 

Is it worth it?

 

I believe face masks to be essential to one’s skincare routine. However, if you already have the serum, you could skip this mask or just saturate your skin with more serum than usual. The mask is much cheaper than the serum per millilitre, even though it contains the same serum, so you could think of this as well, as getting the mask could prove to be more economical. 

In terms of ingredients and the product’s benefits, please see That JLo Glow in a Multitasking Serum above.

 

 

What is the general feel of the JLo Beauty skincare line?

 

The packaging looks luxurious and elegant, which was to be expected of a skincare line curated and produced by Jennifer Lopez. Beyond the packaging, the ingredients of the products show that there was a lot of thought behind the line with plenty of research and care put into producing the products. 

The price, the richness in antioxidants and plant extracts are in trend with the skincare market, and something about the multitude of acids and focus on the glowiness and luminosity of the skin reminds me of products from the Asian skincare market. 

The care put into avoiding potential irritant ingredients, the lack of fragrance in the serum and the mask, and the addition of ingredients that protect the skin and help keep its barrier healthier are all excellent qualities. While the price leans towards the higher end, most products that contain probiotics for the skin are more expensive. 

In terms of the olive oil complex which generated a lot of criticism online, it does offer multiple benefits to the skin. Olive oil is often used in skincare items. For example, it is used in one of my all time favourite creams, the Medicalia Post Operative Cream, which is buttery and very rich, and which usually helps me to get rid of acne! Olive oil is also present in products for babies, such as the ones from Topfer. The use of olive oil in skincare can definitely be seen in certain routines that trace back in the past.

Read the ingredient analysis and review of the JLo Beauty sunscreen here.

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Disclaimer

 

The author of this article is not a chemist. This article is for informational purposes only. The description and analysis of ingredients is by no means exhaustive, and it serves more of a basic outline. Always do your own research regarding ingredients in skincare and patch test the product before using. To read full Disclaimers click here.

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This article was last updated on 12 April 2021.

 

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