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Masks are often the best pick-me-up — particularly if they’ve got a healthy dose of antioxidants. Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask ($42) boasts antioxidants from golden root extract and super powerful white tea extract. It’s also got china — or kaolin — clay to help absorb dirt and oil. While the mask says it’s for normal-to-dry, normal, and normal-to-oily skin, kaolin does a good enough job that I might sway those with drier skin away from using it.
Is Golden Root Extract a Gold Antioxidant?
Aside from Wei’s products, golden root extract — rhodiola rosea — has been in the news because of its purported benefits in helping to stabilize mood and combat anxiety and depression for some people.
Thanks to a fairly abundant amount of proanthocyanidins, golden root extract is noted for being a beneficial antioxidant (Phytomedicine). It also contains EGCG, the same compound that gives green and white tea their potency. In a study to look at its capabilities in regards to protecting human keratinocytes, found that golden root extract is both a powerful antioxidant and a free-radical scavenger that increased its effectiveness in relation to time and dose (Archives of Dermatological Research).
However there isn’t quite as much research on this as other beneficial antioxidants.
In addition to antioxidant potency, golden root extract has been increasingly investigated for its other potential benefits, including anti-inflammatory action when tested on mice’s induced paw oedema (Phytotherapy Research).
Other Antioxidants? White Tea
Golden root extract isn’t the only antioxidant that warrants attention in this: white tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. Like golden root, its got EGCG, which has been shown to prevent oxidative stress and increase antioxidant enzymes after UV radiation (Carcinogenesis). When cells are exposed to UV irradiation, their cellular processes are negatively impacted. White tea helps restore the proper immune function to these cells (Science Daily).
And this 2009 study in Experimental Dermatology showed that white tea — along with green tea — has photoprotective properties when topically applied to participants’ skin.
Oil Absorbing China Clay
China clay — also known as kaolin — is a very effective oil absorber made up of a hydrated silicate of aluminum (Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics). And while it’s well known for its dirt-pulling properties, it’s considered gentle enough for sensitive skin, and has been shown in studies to be non-irritating (European Kaolin and Plastic Clays Association).
Personal Use and Opinion
Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask has enough in each tub for a generous application to your face. It doesn’t have much of a scent at all, and thanks to the brush, it’s very easy to apply. In fact, I’m fairly certain I’ll never put a mask on with my fingers again. Aside from this little luxury, I found the mask felt cooling and slightly tingly in a pleasant way. The mask didn’t dry in the 10 minutes the instructions said to leave it on and I found it really hard to wash off, so I’d recommend gently using a washcloth to help. Afterwards, skin felt clean and I had less oiliness throughout the day.
Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask is a great way to pamper your skin a little bit. Golden root extract is a newer, but promising antioxidant, and it’s followed on the ingredient list by powerful antioxidant white tea extract. Kaolin does some great oil absorbing, so for those who want to use a mask that takes care of excess oil while still giving your skin a little something extra, this is a great pick.