As you’ll know by reading my monthly column, I have been battling – and, thankfully winning – problem skin (redness, rosacea, breakouts and dryness). Apart from the occasional use of a glycolic cleanser from Skin Perfection, I had laid off the acid until things were calm. The result, however, was the my skin was beginning to look at little dull. Then I remembered Chella’s Enzyme Exfoliating Cream Mask.

I reviewed and recommended this mask some months ago. However, I am so pleased with the results of using it again – this is a mask that should be left on for about 10 minutes or so and used once a week – that it seemed worthy of a shout out. Chella claims that those with sensitive skin and rosacea types can handle this exfoliating mask and achieve soft, smooth skin without irritation. And this is certainly my experience. After using it, all redness is gone and I my skin is clear, soft and I’ll even go so far as to say dewy.

Chella’s exfoliating mask has both alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and enzyme. AHAs and enzymes perform different functions to achieve exfoliation; that is, to remove dead cells on the skin’s outer layer. AHAs loosen and lift the top layer of dead cells, primarily composed of keratin (a protein), while proteolyitc enzymes dissolve it.

Chella’s AHAs come from sugar cane, malic acid (from apples) and lactic acid, which comes from sour milk and is relatively gentle.  The enzyme exfoliator is protease, an enzyme that breaks long proteins down into short ones. In addition, Chella has added a host of botanical extracts such as inflammation reducing ginger and licorice. Butcher’s broom (ruscus aculeatus) is also an anti-inflammatory and contains chemicals that attach to and strengthen blood vessels. Horse chestnut trees (particularly the seeds) contain a saponin called escin. This is supposed to strengthen veins and capillaries by blocking an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which can breakdown of proteoglycans (part of the structure of capillary walls).

Although lavender oil can be a skin irritant, this has not been my experience with Chella’s mask. In fact, au contraire.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Protease, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Yeast Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Juice, Panthenol, (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, (Vitamin E Acetate),  Glycerine, Disodium Edta, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.