The Acure Organics cell stimulating facial mask is another item that came from October’s Birchbox. It turns you into a hideous green sea-monster before transforming your face into soft pink fresh radiance.
It contains argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor (not sure exactly what those two things do, however). This facial mask purports to being vegan, sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben free, PEG free, petroleum free, phthalate free, silicone free, gluten free, synthetic fragrance free, won’t clog pores, and 100% biodegradable. Description from their site: “Work over your cells with the power of Moroccan Argan Stem Cells and Chlorella Growth Factor, a true synergy of cell revitalization. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil provide moisture. Serious cell repair!”
The directions were to apply evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster. Umm… Okay, I did look like a green monster (the photo doesn’t show the depth of green), but as you can see I had a little trouble spreading it evenly and the majority of it landed around my nose. The fragrance is pleasant, but the paste looks like green poo. It’s a little sticky and I’d recommend squeezing it onto your index and middle finger and spreading it onto your face a little at a time, instead of putting a glob into your palm and spreading it that way — that’s probably why I didn’t get a very even spread.
It says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes. I thought it would dry and crust, but it remained moist the entire time. It got a little tingly, which concerned me as I didn’t want it to cause redness and irritation. When washing it off, I used a cloth and warm water. There were sooooooo many suds and it kept sudsing and sudsing and sudsing. Took a really long time before I managed to get it all off. Next time, since there is enough left in the sample for one more application, I will put it on before I’m going to take a shower rather than before I’m going to go to bed. It would be a whole lot easier to remove in the shower than trying to do so with a sink, running water, and a cloth. After rinsing it clean, my skin looked brighter and freshly pink (nevermind my cell-up-way-too-close-selfies-photos…), and it felt smooth as if I had just exfoliated.
Via their website and via Birchbox, this product retails for $12.99 for a 1.75 oz tube. (The sample was a 1 oz tube, btw.)