Enzymes! Enzymes! Enzymes! the crowd gets louder Enzymes! Enzymes! Enzymes! the Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask from Image takes center stage and the crowd goes wild.
May we present the Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask from Image! This mask is a favorite of many of our Skin Therapists, like Lakeisha, and it's easy to see why. It's packed to the brim with enzymes (duh) and antioxidants. It's also a great hydrator and features many of the vital nutrients needed to ward off pollution and environmental elements, which like, hello New York. So, we figured we'd give you a bit more information about it.
The fruit enzymes in this mask act like little 'Pacmen,' eating up dead skin cells to get rid of dry, flaky, and dull skin, while the ribonucleic acid works to regenerate new cells in their place. If you look at the first few ingredients on the packaging you will see that papaya is listed. Papaya extract is great for toning your skin. It also promotes better circulation and helps (along with the Phytic Acid in this product) with hyperpigmentation. Another extract you'll find is pineapple. Pineapple extract, despite being from a spiky fruit, is a smoothing agent, so it's a great item to have in your exfoliant. ****Last but not least, there's grapeseed oil which has strong antioxidant properties, but is also low in saturation so it isn't as thick or greasy of an oil, like coconut. Speaking of antioxidants, this mask has lots!
The antioxidants, Vitamin A, C, and E all make a showing, and they're the perfect team to have your back. Vitamin C promotes firmer-feeling skin, while Vitamin A works on visible signs of aging, like wrinkles. Vitamin E is actually naturally occurring in skin, however between sun damage and time, the amount depletes leading to aging skin. So, having a product with Vitamin E in it helps the skin rebalance.
While these vitamins and enzymes are rebuilding your skin to be stronger and smoother, Hyaluronic acid helps to lock water into your skin's surface. In fact, hyaluronic acid is able to hold almost 1,000 times its own weight in water, which makes it a true hydration all-star. With this much hydration, your skin gets a big-time firming and plumping up.
Any caveats with this product?
Just a quick note from our Skin Therapist, Andrew: "Vitamin A can be tricky for certain skin types, particularly someone who is a truly sensitive skin type. But certain forms are more easily absorbed into the skin. Like in this mask, there is Retinyl Palmitate which is a more gentle form of Retinol." If you have had problems with Vitamin A in the past or have sensitive skin, definitely talk to your Skin Therapist before using this product.
How to use
Apply the mask liberally to cleansed skin. Leave on for 5-30 minutes and rinse clean. Use 1-3 times per week according to your Skin Therapist's advice.