Sometimes I do utterly stupid things. Like walking into a wall (I'm a double air sign) and breaking my iPod. Or taking a sleeping pill on an overnight flight, realizing afterward I have a deadline due as soon as I land. The latest? After a shower, I tried my first attempt at removing blackheads with my own hands. My friends do it fine. Me? I ended up getting these blood clotting, brownish dots on my nose that, when you are looking at me kind of close, looks like a sunburn. Or Bozo the Clown.
So, to make myself feel better, I just had to get a facial.
This week, I'm on a Holland America cruise around New Zealand. It's a convenient way to hit major coastal cities that you otherwise wouldn't do if you just landed in Auckland, unless you went on a pretty long road trip. But then you would miss great sites like the Sounds, White Island (volcano) and many other attractions you can only see on a cruise.
I made an appointment in the Elemis Spa. Elemis is kind of like the Starbucks of cruise lines. They are on every ship I've been on. I'm actually a fan of the brand so I didn't decline a facial treatment.
They did not do extractions, only facials that catered to an older clientele. I opted for something a little more than a person simply washing my face for me and went with the pro collagen marine treatment. My therapist said it was as popular with men as it was with women.
It started with the basic wash, toner, exfoliation and then she hit me with the enzyme peel and collagen mask. I was a fan of the collagen mask. Even though I'm Asian and my collagen is pretty abundant, I still felt as if it was effective. My friend who's aboard with me assured me my face looked a lot healthier.
What really struck me with the facial, however, was the papaya enzyme peel. The scent of papaya was strong and alluring and it just felt so nice on my face. It's meant to smooth, clarify and tighten the pores after exfoliating. It just smelled like heaven and I wondered if the peel actually matched the scent.
I liked the pineapple extract, which basically dissolves dead skin cells, and the papain (papaya) that helps diminish scarring and reducing fine lines. The milk protein helps in retaining the moisture (and giving quite a gloss). Bladderwrack is also in the product, and is basically seaweed, which is a kiss to the skin.
The bad news?
Propylene glycol, not one of love list, is one of the top ingredients. This stuff works as a humescent, which procures moisture content in your skin by preventing the escape of water or moisture. It's found in a lot of skin care products ... and brake and hydraulic fluid.
I'm also not a big fan of cetearyl alcohol, which is basically an emulsifying wax. You can find this crap in a lot of cheap lotions.
You know, I did get compliments the next day. And I was impressed (I'm a harsh critic) with my "glow." The self-created marks on my nose, on the other hand....
Ingredients in Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Papain, Xanthan Gum, Milk Protein (Lactis Proteinum), Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Maltodextrin, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopherol, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol