Allies of Skin: 1A All-Day Mask, 1A Overnight Mask & Molecular Saviour Mist: Review

Allies of Skin is a new brand I’m exploring. I kept seeing it all over Instagram and couldn’t help myself so I grabbed all of their products. They have a small line so that was four products at the time. They have added three new items but that’s for a future post. Allies of Skin is a Singapore founded brand. I want to list their ‘About Them’ section because sometimes a brand has an interesting philosophy–Allies of Skin is one of those.

Allies of Skin was founded with a simple goal in mind: To create smart, effective products for the modern multi-hyphenate; using potent antioxidants and intelligent nutrients. Every product is designed to effortlessly complement all aspects of a demanding life. We believe that taking care of your skin should never feel like a chore. We believe that the process should be easy and gratuitous. Our entire range is adaptogenic; each product works synergistically with your skin to adapt their function according to your specific needs. Your products should work hard for you; not the other way around. 

Allies of Skin is driven by a fundamental belief in the skin’s ability to heal and correct itself. Our guiding principle is to facilitate and enhance the healing process with powerful actives in clean, optimally concentrated formulas that repair, regenerate and also re-train your skin to perform at its best. By activating the receptors that stimulate collagen & elastin, and encourage cellular renewal & repair and by inhibiting melanin formation at its source, the long-term cumulative outcome is skin at its healthiest. That’s what we are all about.

I grabbed both the 1A Masks and the Molecular Saviour Mist. I’ve been playing with them all for about six weeks. I love the idea behind their brand–Simple, easy, effective, well formulated products. Some interesting details about the 1A line per Allies of Skin:

The skin is the largest organ we have and one of the smartest. Our 1A Masks are concentrated nutrient reservoirs designed to provide your skin with all the nutrients it needs to heal itself. Think of our masks as multi-nutrient supplements for your skin. Just like how you would take a multivitamin supplement every day for best results, our masks were created to be used daily. 

We created our 1A Masks to be effortless skin saviours. They are concentrated enough to be used on their own but designed to play well with all other products. Treat them like you would a moisturizer. If you have a favourite essence or serum, use them first. Then apply our masks on top (you don’t need an additional moisturizer). Apply sunblock and makeup after; if desired. Our 1A Masks can be used on the eyes, lips and cuticles too.

The 1A All-Day Mask–Details per Allies of Skin:

So last night left you a little worse for wear and you didn’t get as much sleep as you would have liked. Attain the effects of a good night’s sleep with our 1A All-Day Mask. 

The world’s first leave-on day ​treatment​​ mask​​, this powerful formula fuses the potency of a mask with the easy application of a moisturising cream​. It ​fortifies your skin’s defences against harmful pollutants in the atmosphere while reversing tell-tale signs of stress and fatigue​. 

By​ supercharging your skin with a multitude of peptides, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories​, ​irritation ​is reduced ​and natural collagen production​ is boosted​. Clinically proven to reduce acne lesions by 36% in​ 28 days​.​ ​

For best results, use daily in place of your daytime moisturiser after our Molecular Saviour Toner Mist. 

Suggested Usage After cleansing and using the Molecular Saviour Mist, apply to face, neck, and around eye area. Use daily for best results. Do not rinse off. The 1A All-Day Mask can be used both in the morning and night, alone or under SPF/makeup, if desired. For all skin types – especially tired, dehydrated and stressed. Created for the weary adventurer and insomniac in all of us.

Benefits:

  • Brightens and refines skin.
  • De-puffs and tightens skin.
  • Hydrates and repairs tired, worn-out skin.
  • Promotes the effect of a good night’s sleep.
  • Plumps skin with healing moisture and nutrients.
  • Increases natural production of collagen and elastin.
  • Soothes skin while reducing redness and calming inflammation.
  • Reinforces skin’s barrier and reduces Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL).
  • Protects and purifies skin against pollution, heavy metals and cigarette smoke.
  • 36% reduction of non-inflammatory acne lesions (closed and open comedones) after 4 weeks of daily use.
  • Nutrient-rich reservoir that plumps skin with healing moisture and nutrients throughout the day with over 35 powerful actives.

Full Ingredients See at the end of post 

Active Ingredients:

CXA-6 Panacea Complex–A powerful blend of Chronocyclin™, Citrustem™, Haloxyl™, Niacinamide, Spin Trap and Thiotaine repairs damaged skin, increases collagen production and protects against DNA, oxidative and pollution damage.

Glycoderm–Restores skin’s lipid barrier to prevent transepidermal water loss while simultaneously providing hydration.

Moringa Seed Extract–Anti-pollution active that purifies, repels impurities and prevent them from sticking to the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid [High Molecular Weight (HMW) & Low Molecular Weight (LMW)]–HMW Hyaluronic Acid retains moisture on the skin surface while LMW Hyaluronic Acid’s smaller size enhances its absorption rate and allows it to intensely hydrate and plump up skin.

Matrixyl Synthe’6–Peptide that reduces wrinkles and stimulates collagen production.In clinical trials, Matrixyl Synthe’6 was shown to produce a 31% decrease in the volume of wrinkles after 60 days.

Antioxidant Blend (Niacinamide, 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Astaxanthin, Blueberry Extract, Spin Trap, Ergothioneine, Vitamin E, Caffeine, Madecassoside, Acai Fruit Oil, Blue Green Algae)–Provides biologically active trace nutrients, brightening, de-puffing, wound-healing and collagen synthesis properties. Also protects skin from oxidative and cellular damage.

Crocus Bulb Extract–Repairs skin’s matrix and stimulates skin cells to release growth factors; enhancing the synthesis of collagen & elastin and greatly improving skin firmness. In clinical trials, Crocus Bulb Extract was shown to increase skin firmness by more than 12% after 28 days.

Matrixyl 3000–A composition of two peptides that work to repair the skin matrix by stimulating collagen and elastin production thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles. In clinical trials, Matrixyl 3000 was shown to producea 23% decrease in the volume of wrinkles and a 20% decrease in the depth of wrinkles after 30 days.

Soothing Healers Blend (Aloe Vera, Squalane, Galactoarabinan, Ceramide 2, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Lecithin, Honey, Sphingolipids, Phospholipids)–Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF) mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. They strengthen the skin’s delicate barrier and helpit repair& regenerate itself better. They also protect the skin from dryness, irritation and environmental stress.

Sounds good right? Do I even need to continue with the review? I will in case you’re not convinced yet. I use this as a day cream/lotion. It’s really more of a hydrating gel cream. It’s not a lotion at all-it has a gel cream texture. It’s more hydrating than the average gel cream. This has a very minimal scent. The scent is a natural kind of scent from the ingredients only. No artificial scents or essential oils. The packaging is practical-a black plastic tube with a pump. Mess free, no reason to have to open the cap everyday to dispense product. You can pretty much squeeze out every last drop, or cut open the tube (which I’m sure I and everyone else will do).

I usually don’t find gel creams hydrating enough to be used in place of a lotion or light cream. I normally have to layer a light lotion over a gel cream. This is one of the only exceptions for me. I find this one to be enough alone for me. 1A Mask manages to make my skin glow, look brighter and tighter all while hydrating perfectly for day. It’s a really good product and does what it says. It’s a little pricey at $89 for a 50ml tube. However, I really find much of the current skincare lines and products tend to be overpriced. So at least you get a product that works and has an amazing ingredient list for the higher price tag.
I would highly recommend it. The only drawback this one has is that it sometimes doesn’t play well with others. I’ve noticed it can pill on occasion depending on what you layer it with. If you let the layers under it absorb long enough as well as let this one fully absorb before applying sunscreen it fairs better. Products with silicones, oils and really slippery style serums was what seemed to cause this to pill more. This works best in a more minimal routine. Since this has so many actives in it, it’s powerful enough to be in a minimal routine. You don’t need all the bells and whistles with this one.

The 1A Overnight Mask–Details per Allies of Skin:

Life’s too short for you to not live life to the fullest. The same goes for your skin. Put your best face forward everyday with our 1A™ Overnight Mask. Packed with an abundance of cell-energising, reparative actives like Indian Ginseng and Pterostilbene, our 1A™ Overnight Mask works while you sleep to boost your skin’s immunity and accelerate skin cell renewal, giving new life to dull, sallow skin.

A perfect antidote to taxing late nights and an excellent shield against harsh, dehydrating cabin air, the 1A™ Overnight Mask contains our patented Ally-R™, a stabilised form of Retinol that combats blemishes, smoothens wrinkles, and reverses sun damage, all without any of the traditional irritation. Also clinically proven to help problematic skin types regenerate faster, reducing acne lesions by 67.2% in 28 days. This formula is ​Vegan.

For best results, use this cream formula every night after our Molecular Saviour™ Mist.

Suggested Usage After cleansing and using the Molecular Saviour™ Mist, apply to face, neck, and around eye area. Leave on overnight and do not rinse off. The 1A™ Overnight Mask is designed exclusively for nighttime use. Always apply SPF the morning after. For all skin types — especially dull, dehydrated and problematic. Created because we believe that it’s never too late to harness the restorative benefits of sleep

Benefits:

  • Brightens dull, lifeless skin.
  • Speeds up cellular renewal rate.
  • Nourishes dehydrated, stressed skin.
  • Protects skin from dehydrating conditions.
  • Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Anti-glycation protection to maintain fresh, supple skin.
  • Reduces non-inflammatory acne lesions by 67.2% in 28 days.
  • Ameliorates the appearance of acne, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Offers all the reparative and renewing properties of Retinol without any of the traditional irritation.
  • Nutrient-rich reservoir that harnesses the skin’s most optimal repair period to heal and rejuvenate stressed, problematic skin — improving pore size, radiance and skin texture.

Full Ingredients See at the end of the post

Active Ingredients:

CXA-6 Panacea Complex–A powerful blend of Chronocyclin™, Citrustem™, Haloxyl™, Niacinamide, Spin Trap and Thiotaine repairs damaged skin, increases collagen production and protects against DNA, oxidative and pollution damage.

Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide–Hydrophilic in nature, this plant-based hyaluronic acid forms a breathable protective film at the skin’s surface and provides superior moisturizing properties.

Pterostilbene–Next-generation form of Resveratrol; one with increased bioavailability and potency. It is a powerful reparative antioxidant.

Antioxidant Blend (Niacinamide, Spin Trap, Ergothioneine, Glutathione)–Prevents UV damage, recycles Vitamin C, provides skin cells with cellular energy so that they function better. Also protects skin from oxidative and cellular damage.

Ally-R–Encapsulated form of stabilized Retinal that works without any of the traditional irritation. This treats everything from acne to wrinkles to loss of skin elasticity and sun damage.

Ellagic Acid–Potent skin brightener that also functions as an antioxidant.

Prodizia–Excess sugar molecules from a sugar-rich diet (or a champagne-heavy one) attach themselves to collagen fibres in a process known as glycation. The process causes healthy collagen fibres to lose their strength leading to wrinkles and saggy skin. This extract protects and repairs fibres damaged by glycation.

Low Molecular Weight (LMW) Hyaluronic Acid–LMW Hyaluronic Acid’s smaller size enhances its absorption rate and allows it to intensely hydrate and plump up skin.

Indian Ginseng–Reinforces the skin’s natural defence mechanisms and stimulates the regeneration of healthy skin cells. 

Nutrient-Rich Oil Blend (Organic Argan Oil, Arctic Cranberry Seed Oil, Cloud Berry Seed Oil)–Abundant in healing trace nutrients, essential fatty acids, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Nourishes skin with mega hydration.

This one sounds good too right? Same packaging. This has a lighter cream texture and a yellow color. Scent is also very minimal, just from the ingredients. It won’t bother anyone. I use this as a night cream. As it contains retinol I skip my retinol serum when I use this. Even though this has a lighter cream texture it manages to be enough for my skin providing hydration all night long. This one is a little pricier than the day mask at $109 for a 50ml tube. I love that this cream hydrates all night long. Too many creams are hydrating for the first half of the night, then I wake up with dry skin. Not with this one. This product manages to hydrate all night long leaving me with hydrated, plump and radiant skin that looks like I slept at least 8-10 hours even if I slept only 5 (my normal is 6 hours). Love it.

This product uses Retinaldehyde which is different than traditional retinol and a newer form of retinol. It’s supposed to be stronger and yet more gentle than traditional over the counter retinol. Retinaldehyde is a more stable form of vitamin A (retinol) that converts to Retinoic Acid slowly in the skin. This slow conversion process with Retinaldehyde and the skin lets it work on a more cellular level. If you’re sensitive to even over the counter retinol side effects than Retinaldehyde may be the solution for you as it’s generally more tolerated and gentle. Yet it still provides the same anti-aging cell renewal from vitamin A/retinol.

The Molecular Saviour Mist–Details per Allies of Skin:

A godsend for thirsty skin, our Molecular Saviour™ Mist is composed of an aloe and rose water base and a rejuvenating blend of probiotics and antioxidants such as Lactobacillus Ferment and Acai Berry that leave your complexion glowing and dewy.

The ideal travel companion, we supercharged our mist with a special anti-evaporation molecule so that it clings to skin cells instead of simply vanishing. Every spritz delivers a potent dose of soothing antibacterials and restorative nutrients like Silk Amino Acids and Cucumber Seed oil that work throughout the day to refine pores and counteract the effects of jetlag and fatigue.

To use, mist before moisturising with our 1A™ All-Day or 1A™ Overnight Masks. Spritz throughout the day for an instant lift in spirits and skin hydration levels. Keep calm and mist face. Clinically proven to reduce acne lesions by 42.7% in 28 days. ​This formula is ​Vegan.

Suggested Usage After cleansing, close eyes and gently mist face and neck. For best results, follow with 1A™ Masks. For an added hit of refreshment, store this in the fridge. For all skin types – especially thirsty, dehydrated and problematic. Created because we believe that effortless convenience is not only a virtue but a necessity. Mist anytime during the day for an instant boost of hydration, over sunscreen/makeup.

Allies Tip Perfect for use before and during flights to hydrate skin. Due to the heavier molecular weight and concentration of our Molecular Saviour™ Mist, you may find that product dispersion is on the heavier side as compared to your regular mists. Try pressing gently down on the nozzle to dispense smaller amounts all over the face.

Benefits:

  • Tones and refines pores.
  • Anti-evaporation formula ensures this clings to your skin cells.
  • Helps balance skin’s PH level.
  • Provides a heavy dose of healing hydration and antibacterial protection.
  • Soothes and calms stressed skin.
  • 42.7% reduction of non-inflammatory acne lesions (closed and open comedones) after 4 weeks of daily use.
  • Nutrient-rich reservoir that reverses the effects of dehydration and weariness caused by too much alcohol, flight and air-conditioned environments.

Active Ingredients:

CXA-6 Panacea Complex–A powerful blend of Chronocyclin™, Citrustem™, Haloxyl™, Niacinamide, Spin Trap and Thiotaine repairs damaged skin, increases collagen production and protects against DNA, oxidative and pollution damage.

Charged Rose Hydrosol–Pure rose water that has been enhanced with a heavier molecular weight so it clings to skin cells instead of evaporating. Rose hydrosol offers healing, soothing, antibacterial benefits to the skin.

Acai Berry–Nature’s super-food; it is abundant in trace nutrients, offers anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant.

Colloidal Silver–A proven topical antibiotic and antibacterial active that quells inflammation and promotes healing.

Ergothioneine–Powerful antioxidant that protects skin from UV radiation. Reduces sunburns and sun damage.

Lactobacillius Ferment–Potent antibacterial probiotics create a healthy balanced skin flora and reduce appearance of acne and redness.

Silk Amino Acids–Hydrating antioxidant that penetrates the skin’s surface to boost skin’s moisture levels as well as deliver essential nutrients for optimal cell growth.

Healing Oil Blend (DAMASK ROSE OIL, PALMAROSA OIL, JUNIPER BERRY OIL, CUCUMBER SEED OIL)–Reduces inflammation & redness, heals stressed skin and provides restorative antibacterial properties.

This mist is packaged in a black glass bottle. Very luxe and weighty. It does have a stronger mist than others. It’s not that really fine mist. It smells like rose water. Not fake synthetic roses, like real rose water. I can’t tolerate synthetic rose but real rose water is divine when done right and not overpowering. I don’t use this as my main face mist, I really only use it before these masks like the instructions say to do. At $55 for a 50ml bottle it’s pricey enough. Though to be honest all face mists are way overpriced in my book for what they really are. When you think about it you’re getting a bottle of fancy water to spray on your face. I do think this is a lovely mist if you like mists. I always tell myself I’m going to stop buying mists but then I look at some with these amazing ingredient lists (like this one) and then I grab it.

Molecular Saviour Mist Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, Gluconolactone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lactobacillus Ferment, Deuterium Oxide, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tertrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ergothioneine (L), Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Silk Amino Acids, Juniperus Communis (Juniper Berry) Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Colloidal Silver, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Steareth-20, Xanthan Gum, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide.

1A All-Day Mask Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caffeine, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Squalane, Galactoarabinan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ceramide 2, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Giant Knotweed Extract) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Hyaluronic Acid, Vigna Aconitifolia Seed Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Callus Culture, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Niacinamide, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Sphingolipids, Phospholipids, Astaxanthin, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Madecassoside, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Ergothioneine (L), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Honey (Mel), Bisabolol (L-alpha), Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Panthenol (D), Sodium PCA, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Lecithin, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Lysolecithin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Powder, Sorbitan Olivate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Isohexadecane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tribehenin, Acacia Senegal Gum, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, PPG-2 Hydroxethyl Cocamide, Steareth-20, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Xanthan Gum, O-cymen-5-OL, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

1A Overnight Mask Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Organic), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Galactoarabinan, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Oxycoccus Palustris (Arctic Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Withania Somnifera (Indian Ginseng) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Retinal (Retinaldehyde), Pterostilbene, Ellagic Acid, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Ergothioneine (L), Glutathione (L), Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavendin) Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cyclodextrin, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Dextran, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

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