Hello! Today’s post is about another hidden gem from Elemis; the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask.
Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask
Containing patented technology, this highly active gel-based mask encourages effective retexturising of the skins surface, helps balance sebum levels without compromising the skins natural pH balance and promotes firmer looking skin. The results are a skin that appears instantly smoother, shine free and more radiant.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Polysorbate 20 (surfactant/emulsifier), Glycerin (humectant), Menthyl Lactate (cooling agent/fragrance), Propanediol (helps active ingredients penetrate the skin), Propylene Glycol (humectant/helps active ingredients penetrate the skin), Tromethamine (buffering agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Carbomer (thickening agent), Butylene Glycol (solvent/conditioning agent), Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract (skin conditioning), Xanthan Gum (viscosity controlling), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (emulsifier/surfactant), Fragrance (Parfum), Chlorphenesin (preservative), Disodium EDTA (viscosity controlling), Papain (skin conditioning), Mannitol (binding/masking/skin conditioning), Sodium Dehydroacetate (preservative), Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract (skin conditioning), Behenyl Alcohol (emollient/emulsifier/thickener), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (skin conditioning), Arctium Majus (Burdock) Root Extract (skin conditioning), Citric Acid (leave on exfoliant – AHA), Glycolic Acid (leave on exfoliant – AHA), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (emulsifier), Stearyl Alcohol (emulsifier/lubricant), Caramel (colour), Zinc Sulfate (conditoning/exfoliating/smoothing), Subtilisin (conditoning/exfoliating/smoothing), Protease (conditoning/exfoliating/smoothing), Poria Cocos (White Truffle) Extract (has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9 (firming/anti-ageing), Biotin (skin conditioning), Potassium Sorbate (fragrance/preservative).
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Enzymes, Complex of Great Burdock & Erysium, White Truffle (Poria Cocos), Acerola Cherry.
I’ve always been faithful to manual facial exfoliators so when the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask arrived into my life I was sceptical. Could it really exfoliate whilst improving the condition of my skin, in just 10 minutes, with no effort on my part?
Elemis state that “on application you will experience a powerful tingling sensation” and they are not lying. Good golly does this mask TINGLE! It tingles upon application and whilst wearing.
Upon removal, my skin feels SO smooth and soft. It feels firmer, almost lifted. My skin looks visibly brighter. I saw these results from the first use, and I see these same results after each use. I have not suffered any irritation, itchiness or redness whilst testing this mask out – yay for my face!
Afterwards, I like to use a facial oil or a moisturing mask to really give my skin a treat; I feel they sink in faster and “work” a lot better compared to normal. I have been pairing this mask with the Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, and I honestly think that my skin has never looked better.
In terms of formulation, The Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask has a super-thick gel consistency. I need about 2-3 pumps to cover my face sufficiently. It has a fruity, sweet scent that reminds me of jelly. A jelly scent for a gel mask… how apt!
As this mask is so active, it is best used twice a week on a night. I would agree with Elemis that you should you use SPF 30 throughout the day, and generally during the use of this product as it does leave your skin susceptible to skin damage – ironically what the mask is trying to improve the signs of! The effects of the mask will last 2-3 days depending on how well you look after your skin afterwards.
I would not recommend this mask for teenage skins. This is best for mid twenties and upwards; I think more mature skins would see the most benefit. If you have sensitive skin I would advise being careful with this type of product, as you would with any AHA product. If you are thinking “hang on a minute, you’re young(ish) and you’re using this mask!” – well that is because my skin is damaged via sun exposure and bad diet, so it needs all the help it can get.
This mask is pricey, but seeing as it visibly works from the first use, compared to other similar masks that I have tried that take multiple uses to see results, I’m willing to repurchase it in the future.
I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to using a manual face scrub…