Following my surprising success with the Alba Botanica Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub (reviewed), I decided to brave my way into a few more products from the line that had been sitting in my shopping cart, starting with a face mask. Admittedly it was the idea of papaya that caught my attention rather than it’s pore-fecting claims but this jar had a few surprises under the lid.
Brand: Alba Botanica
Product: Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask
Size: 85 grams
Price: $10-12 USD
Details: ph balanced, vegetarian ingredients, no animal testing.
Availability: iHerb (online), health food stores, select London Drugs across Canada
Would I repurchase: Yes!
Wait. Green? Gel?
After a few weeks of continued use, I think it’s safe to say that this non conventional looking papaya enzyme mask does a great job of clarifying my skin and keeping my pores clearer as well. I find that although you can not permanently shrink pore size, making sure they are cleansed and happy helps significantly to minimize their appearance and makes covering them up with makeup much easier afterwards.
Now with it’s combination of papaya and pineapple enzymes this mask can tend to tingle/irritate my skin slightly if I exfoliated beforehand so make sure you just use a simple gentle face wash in combination with this. Those with sensitive skin may also want to skip out on this one just to be on the safe side.
This Alba Botanica Papaya Enzyme Mask was a surprise in so many different ways but it’s end result definitely didn’t disappoint. A lightweight and easy to use gel mask, I loved that it was quick (10 minutes is all you really need) and I could use it when I need an instant refresher that also helped to keep my pores clear in the long run. Best suited for those with slightly dry, normal or oily skin I think it would be a great clarifying product to your basic skincare regime as long as you don’t have sensitivity issues.