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Dr. Alkaitis | Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask

A gentle and effective anti-aging treatment that brightens and resurfaces skin cells, while supplying essential phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals to the skin. Made with an Enzyme Exfoliating Complex including Bromelain (pineapple), Papain (papaya), and Cellulase among other enzymes.

When I started scraping the bottom of my  Yuli Pure Treatment Mask I began to search for a new one that was comparable. I wanted it to contain wholesome ingredients, treat, exfoliate, and come in powder form. With so many brands and masks to choose from I narrowed it down to Dr. Alkaitis and, in the end, chose the Enzyme Exfoliating Mask.

$60 for 1.25 oz

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When I received my order from Spirit’s Beauty Lounge, I was initially amazed with 1) the size and 2) the light weight. For 1.25 ounces of powder you receive a generous amount. I suppose the reason is largely due to the texture and density. The powder is finely milled, soft, and airy like flour or talc powder. So it might not feel like you’re getting a lot of product but you are. There is enough in the jar to last you at least 25 masks. And if you use it bi-monthly as instructed then it should last you just over a year.

When in dry form it has a light, off-white coloring. However, when water is added it  turns into a light purple color. The delightfully blueberry yogurt scent smells fresh, not artificial. Perhaps this is largely caused by the first 6 ingredients being actual foods – oats, strawberry, blueberry, grape, raspberry, and blackberry!

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I was quite impressed with seeing whole foods as the first set of ingredients. All the fruits listed are packed with antioxidant properties, assist in cell turnover, and reduce inflammation. The special complex uses enzymes that we would find in every day foods such as grains, oil seeds, fungi and other fruit. Many of these enzymes are great skin conditioners, contain natural antibacterial properties, and help with anti-aging benefits.

Ingredients: Oat Buds*, Blueberry*, Bilberry*, Strawberry*, Raspberry*, Grapes*, Blackberry*, Barley Grass extract*, Turmeric extract*, Cat’s Claw extract, Enzyme Exfoliating Complex (Cellulase, Lipase, Lactase, Protease Complex, Xylinase, Amylase, Bromelain, Papain, Maltase, Beta-Glucanase, Invertase, Pectinase, Mannanase, Phytase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Arabinosidase and Glucoamylase)

*certified organic

Directions:

1 | Mix about 1 tablespoon of powder with a medium (i.e. water*, honey, or yogurt) until mask is smooth and there are no lumps.

*If you use water it’s best to add slowly with a spray bottle. It helps tremendously to control how much water you add. 

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2 | Apply mask evenly all over face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes.

*If you mixed it with water the mask must always stay damp. Use the spray bottle to spritz your face whenever it starts to dry up. 

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3 | Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth or wash off with water.

I’ve only mixed two mediums with this powder – water and honey. I’ve mixed this mask with honey and loved the results but didn’t see much difference when mixed with this enzyme mask. I’ve only really noticed glow and smoothness when mixed with water. It’s just a bit of an inconvenience (to my laziness, ha!) that I must keep a spray bottle by my side to keep the mask moist. However, there is another way to keep the mask moist if using water. Other reviewers say they shower with the mask on! The steam from the hot water helps keep the mask moist and voilà no spray bottle needed.

Over the course of several months I’ve seen gradual improvement in the texture of my skin. It probably took about 3 applications until I started seeing any differences; so do be patient and give it some time. I always enjoy how it makes my face calm, smooth, and gives it a subtle under-the-skin glow. It’s brilliantly gentle, doesn’t cause irritation, and great for all skin types. The price might seem a bit steep, and I can’t argue there, but for about $2.40 per mask application I think believe it’s worth every penny. This mask has definitely delivered and I’m eager to try out the other masks from Dr. Alkaitis!

Have you tried this mask or others from the brand?

 

13 Comments

  1. I am a mask addict, so this lovely one is now on my radar. The Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is one of my favorites so I am definitely interested in trying more from this brand.

    • I’ve seen the soothing gel around and it has always piqued my interest. If you’re a mask addict then I think you’ll love any of the masks from the company. Thank you so much for reading!

    • That’s amazing! I love that it lasts so long. I’m not very consistent with it but I was interested when you said that your sun damage went away. I hadn’t seen results like that. I don’t have very much sun damage but I would really like to see something like that. Perhaps I will just be a little more persistent and consistent with usage! Thank you!

      • BEAUTYCALYPSE says

        Everyone is different, I suppose 🙂 However, it might help that I’ve been doing a DIY parsley mask cure every September or so (it’s a super old recipe that I’ve tweaked into the 21st century, and veganized), so my skin is maybe “used” to some help fighting discolourations?

      • BEAUTYCALYPSE says

        Oh, I see 🙂 Interesting design choices. Very different looks!

  2. The mask sounds wonderful, seems like it gives the same result as Tata Harper Exfoliating Mask. This one is definitely more value for money!

    • Yes, definitely more value for the money. I’ve used the exfoliating mask from Tata and it’s hard for me to compare due to many factors. Tata gives you immediate results, very pricey, and ready to use. This mask will give you subtle results, less expensive, and needs to be mixed. However, both are excellent and deliver!

  3. Love this mask too (with light grey euopean packaging ❤).
    But mine doesnt become purple..just simply light butter cream colour mmm..strange!
    Howefer is really good! I’m off to mask me :p

    Hugs, xo

  4. Jess says

    How does it compare to Yuli’s mask in terms of results?

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