I could not believe how smooth and soft my face felt. I used it on a Saturday night and all day Sunday I was constantly touching my face, so much so my teenage daughter started rolling her eyes at me! Mind you, she did lean over and touch my face herself and all of a sudden was telling me how soft it was (I'd been telling her that, but ... ).
So what's so special about this mask? Well, all of Arbonne's products are botanically based and the Botanics in this mask are pineapple and papaya.
They have used pineapple and papaya because they are both natural sources of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and this works as a natural exfoliator.
Who should use this mask? Anyone over the age of 30 or 35 depending on who you believe, but especially people over the age of 50.
Let's talk about our skin rejuvenation because this explains why using this mask is a fantastic idea.
Our skin is made up of layers of skin cells and as they die they slough off without us even knowing. When the old skin cells slough off the newer cells come to the surface. This is skin rejuvenation (well very basic understanding anyway!).
As we get older this process takes longer, going from 14 days (as a baby) to 37 days (as an over 50's person). It's after the age of 30 or 35 (depending on who you believe, let's face it scientists may like absolutes, but humans are all unique so they can't be completely exact!) that we really start to notice it.
Our skin gets dry, looks tired and sometimes we can even get skin blemishes and acne. This is where we really should pop a cape on our tube of RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask and call it Super Skin Rejuvenator! This may not quite have the same ring as Superman or Batman, but your skin will definitely thank you.
The Magic of AHAs
What's so special about 'Super Skin Rejuvenator'? Well, you see AHAs remove the top layer of skin which means you look younger - your skin isn't as dry or tired looking. It also means that any dead skin won't be blocking your pores and causing blemishes.
But hang on, what about 'normal' scrubs? Now you could use another type of scrub that contains some type of abrasive granules, but using AHAs is a more gentle way of removing the dead cells and according to the Harvard Medical School AHAs are a much more effective solution over abrasive scrubs.
There was also a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center that suggested that Alpha Hydroxy Acids may also enhance your body's production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that plumps and firms the skin surface so if this is correct you can put another tick next to our Super Skin Rejuvenator!
Back to Arbonne's RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask
Okay, so I'll stop calling it Super Skin Rejuvenator (even though I think it should be renamed that) and just start telling you what it's like to use.
When you use it you'll see it just looks like a day cream and when you rub it onto your face it feels like that too!
I left mine on for 5 minutes (it says to leave it on for 5-6 minutes) and it really didn't feel like I had a mask on. I was expecting my face to feel like it would crack should I talk, but nothing like that at all.
They do say that some people experience a little tingling, but I didn't have any of that.
After the 5 minutes, I simply rinsed it off with water.
Now it does say that you may experience a little redness and I did have a little bit on both sides of my nose just up from the nostril. Now I did my mask before going to bed and when I got up the following morning there was no sign of the redness at all.
Will I be using it again? Absolutely I will, I just had a sample tube that I used, but I have now ordered a full-size tube of this mask because I just can't get over how great my skin felt.
Alternatives to Arbonne's Cellular Renewal Mask
Now pineapple and papaya can be used on their own to the same effect apparently (I haven't tried this though) When I was researching these two ingredients I found that you can get fresh pineapple, crush it and apply it to your face. My first thought was what a sticky mess! I won't be trying this, give me my tube of Arbonne Cellular Renewal Mask, please.
The other thing I was told was that you could take papaya, eat the flesh and rub the skin on your face. There was some debate about how effective this was as opposed to just using crushed papaya. Now to be honest if I liked papaya (which I don't) I may have tried this as I do like to find uses for skins etc to reduce waste (like my veggie skins for example that I freeze).
As far as other commercial masks in this ilk, I haven't found one that makes my skin feel this nice, however, I must admit that I haven't tested hoards of masks just a handful.
Have you tried this mask? If you have please share your experience below, if you haven't what are your thoughts on it?
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