Not too long after I started using Andalou Naturals’ Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel, I also decided to try their BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask, which is under the brand’s Age Defying line for dry and sensitive skin. I love using different kinds of exfoliating treatments and also tend to enjoy Andalou’s products, plus I like things that target the signs of aging, so this enzyme and antioxidant-rich mask sounded like a winner.
The basic concept is that the mask blends exfoliating fruit juice enzymes to smooth skin and antioxidants to fight skin’s aging. Like Andalou’s other products, this one has a great ingredients list and boasts cranberry juice, resveratrol Q10, apple juice, and papaya enzymes. Other highlights include aloe, plant oils, manuka honey, vitamin E, and tea extracts. It’s a mask that you leave on for 10 minutes before washing off.
The mask is a translucent orange gel with a light fruity scent. It dries a little bit over the time it’s worn, but is easy enough to rinse off with water. For the first few minutes of wearing the Fruit Enzyme mask, I can definitely feel a tingle. I don’t experience any burning, stinging, or irritation, but there’s a tingle for sure. It goes away in a few minutes and is totally gone by the time I wash it off. I can definitely feel a difference in my skin immediately after washing the mask off: my skin feels noticeably soft and smooth, and it’s really satisfying.
While the Fruit Enzyme mask (part of the Age Defying line) and the Kombucha Enzyme mask (part of the Clarifying line) both have similar gel consistencies, the Fruit Enzymes provide AHAs to condition and brighten skin’s surface, while the Kombucha Enzymes provide BHAs to gently clean out pores and improve the clarity of skin. The Kombucha mask doesn’t feel like much on my skin (no tingle) and I don’t notice an immediate difference after washing it off, but I do feel like it helps calm breakouts with continued use. The Fruit Enzymes mask, on the other hand, makes a fairly significant difference to the surface of my skin right after one use, though I can’t necessarily say I’ve noticed additional effects over the longer term.
While the Kombucha mask won’t necessarily be useful for those who aren’t specifically looking for clarifying treatments, the Fruit Enzyme mask is a pretty good product that a wide range of people can benefit from and enjoy. I mean, who wouldn’t want brighter, smoother, and softer skin? And while it does give a tingle, it’s specifically formulated for dry, sensitive, and aging skin and I’m not particularly worried about it irritating or burning anyone’s face. I’m personally just mindful of not leaving it on my skin too long past the 10-minute mark.
Like Andalou’s other products, this one is really very affordable, especially considering how nice of a product it is. The 1.7 oz. pot costs $14.95 on their website or $11.99 on Vitacost. I picked it up on a late night run to Whole Foods, and I’m sure you can also find it at similar health food stores, as well.
Have you tried it? Are there any other affordable exfoliants you enjoy reaching for?