Review: Organi Green Apple Clay Mask
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apparently, it can also keep the dermatologist at arm’s length.
The power of apples lie in apple polyphenols; a powerful class of antioxidant. Recent research studies show polyphenols to be the favorite mechanism used by apples to protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) light, in particular, UVB light radiation. UVB, is the short wave ray that are most immediately concerning when it comes to cellular skin damage. It is the chief cause of skin reddening, sunburn and tends to damage the skin’s most superficial epidermal layers. UVB plays an important role in development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging.
Cells in the skin of apple that conduct photosynthesis are especially sensitive to UVB light from the sun. Many of the polyphenols in the skin of apples can actually absorb UVB light, and thereby prevent from damaging the photosynthetic cells in the apple skin. Simply put, polyphenols are like the apple’s natural sunscreen.
Due to the presence of my age spots and pigmentation, I decided to review this mask formulated with apple enzymes for pigmentation correction.
This an Australian made and owned mask is said to give a more radiant complexion and the luxury of an immaculate complexion by using strong, natural ingredients to eliminate both bacteria and hyperpigmentation. It combats skin damage effects like wrinkles, blemishes, discolorations or large pores. The primary ingredient is green apple enzymes used to fight the production of melanin, giving an even skin tone free of discoloration. Other ingredients like sugar cane and licorice root work together to free complexion from fine lines, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and minimize the appearance of pores.
How to use. Apply on to a freshly cleansed face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse of with warm water. Follow with a moisturizer.
The first impression I have of this mask is its aroma. It has a strong fruity and citrus scent that smells like a bowl of summer fruit punch. The thick pasty yet smooth consistency of the mask was also something I really liked. When applying clay masks, I always try to put enough product on to retain the product’s opaqueness. This gives the product enough strength to do what it needs to do; in this case, to go down to into the skin, break down melanin buildup, eliminate bacteria and draw out toxins.
The ingredients list reads fairly pure to me with the top 5 ingredients being water, fruit extracts and natural bentonite and kaolin clay.
The mask washes off easily with a few splashes and my skin is left feeling softer and hydrated. Most clay masks tend to be drying but if it is formulated with complimentary ingredients, it can have a seal-and-heal effect. There are two types of clay in this mask: Bentonite and kaolin.
Bentonite clay is a negative-charged natural clay from volcanic and known for its healing properties. This is the type of clay that many animals instinctively turn to eat when in time of illness or distress. It has powers for internally and externally detoxification. On the other hand, kaolin clay, also known as China clay, is the is the least aggressive of all phyllitous clays. This gentle clay is used for most sensitive skin types to stimulate circulation and considered to be non-comedogenic.
I have only used this mask for a month (4 times). While I cannot say that it has eliminated my pigmentation entirely or permanently, but I can say my age spots have faded. I can tell from photos where the dark patches have lightened and not quite as obvious.
This mask is not cheap. One jar cost S$215. But to combat against specific skin conditions like stubborn pigmentation and uneven skin tone, you need to invest in ingredients with good fighting powers.
There is some good news this Christmas season! If you purchase $400 or more of Organi products, you can participate in their sure-win lucky dip. Visit their online store or go to any of their retail outlets to ask their beauty advisers for more information.
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If you are interested in Organi products, do read my review on their signature Organi Manuka Honey Peel.