As any of you who have read my past posts know by now, masks are the way into my heart! I’ve been in love with the powder masks that a lot of green beauty brands are creating because I’ve noticed they give me better results than the ‘traditional’ masks. The mask just feels more active and purer because there is no need for preservatives. From May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt to Yuli’s Pure Mask, I have become somewhat of an addict to these fresh powder masks.
Dr. Alkaitis’ Cell Renewal Mask is one of three masks in his line. I wasn’t sure of the major differences but the Cell Renewal Mask sounded more rejuvenating for skin which is what a mask should do. The other two are the Enzymatic Exfoliating Mask and Organic Flower Mask, I was trying to make my mind up between this mask and the Enzymatic Exfoliating Mask because the Organic Flower Mask is not recommended for sensitive or acne-prone skin, which just happens to describe my skin. I picked the Cellular Repair Mask mostly because I love the idea of it’s simple ingredient list includes 5 berrys (and 2 other ingredients) which are typically very expensive.
This mask is said to repair, regenerate, and fortify skin from environmental damage and aging. These all appealed to me as an LA girl who really wants a pampering mask for finals season.
The powder is very fine and unscented. You only need a little bit, although the directions say this jar holds enough powder for 25 masks, I can easily see myself getting 30-40 uses. You will need quite a bit of water (more than May Lindstrom or Yuli masks which seem to activate immediately with just a bit of water), but the mixture forms a nice consistency without much hassle. I prefer to keep it less paste-like and slightly more fluid so that it spreads easier over skin.
The mask is rather odorless and reminds me of chalk, my mom said the scent reminded her of porridge. I kept the mask moist through spraying with my new love Yuli Panacea Elixir and found this to help increase absorption of the mask. After 20 minutes, I washed the mask off without any fuss. The first time I used the mask, I was left slightly underwhelmed because I expected a supple and soft feel to my skin but didn’t really notice any difference. The second time I used it, I added some honey and this seemed to help soften and nurture my skin more. I’m not sure if the honey alone did this or if the honey maybe made the entire mask more active. If you are looking for a gentle mask that makes skin feel calm (given that you do not have allergies to any berries in this mask), this would definitely be a good one.
Although the immediate results didn’t deliver the ‘wham-pow’ that I hoped for, I can’t really say this is a bad product. There is something to be said for the purity of food ingredients for this skincare range. You can’t help but feel that you are truly feeding your skin the way you’d nourish your body. If you have sensitive skin that could do with a weekly repair from a gentle mask, I would definitely recommend this.