Like a good enzyme-based exfoliator? Filorga have just launched new Scrub & Mask reoxygenating exfoliating mask (R770, Edgars and Red Square).
Texture-wise, it’s quite interesting as it starts out as a runny lotion with fine, gritty crystals in it but if you leave it on your skin it soon converts into a thin layer of foam, kind of like a shaving cream.
To use it, you’re to apply it to dry skin and massage it in to benefit from the initial exfoliation provided by the crystals. As they’re not very ‘concentrated’ it’s not nearly as scrubby as something like Sorbet’s Daily Skin Polish Powder (a great dupe for Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant) or The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Microdermabrasion but it’s not just the little grains that there are there to do the work – Filorga’s newbie also has exfoliating enzymes in the mix and that’s why it’s a good idea to leave it on for ten minutes, if not to enjoy the mask aspect, but to get maximum polish.
Aside from exfoliation, Filorga’s mask also aims to provide your skin with oxygen but I don’t want to comment on that too much as I’ve received so much conflicting information on oxygen facials and whether they have merit or not that I really just don’t know where I stand anymore. To its credit, however, Filorga’s mask does contain the brand’s special NCTF mix, a patented blend of antioxidant vitamins, co-enzymes, minerals and amino acids found in most of their skin care products. Still, the best way to benefit from that would be to buy one of the brand’s moisturisers.
Having used Filorga’s Scrub & Mask for a while now I can say I consider it a gentle enzyme exfoliator that definitely does work. You’ll definitely notice that your skin looks more refined after use, feels smoother to the touch and isn’t the least bit tight – as though you used one of the grainier exfoliants I mentioned early, but without the irritation.
Another story to it’s credit? I developed a monster spot on my cheek the other day and immediately sent it back to hell with prescription Differin gel, a super strong retinoid-based pimple buster that I love, love, love. Still, it left a bit of dryness and a thin scab in its wake I was pleased to see that one ten minute session with Filorga’s mask lifted it away like a boss.
Last but not least, I’d love to give Filorga some major props for the airless pump packaging.
A couple of their products are in jars but I hate exposing any active ingredients to air so here’s hoping this is something they keep up.
P.S. I know not all of you guys have deep pockets right now – hell, I know I don’t – and that you really appreciate it when I list alternative products for less when I feature something pricy so I’m going to attempt to do that regularly from now on. In this case, Nimue also make an enzyme exfoliator that’s about R500. (Ignore the price in the post I’ve linked to, it’s an old one). Obviously it doesn’t have all the other added fabs that Filorga’s serves up, but it will dissolve the bonds that hold old, dead skin cells together so you can easily lift them away.