Monday, April 7, 2014

African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask Review! NEW PRODUCT ALERT!

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I have been a huge fan of clay masks as long as I can remember, and even as an early teen they were among my most sought after products. I would luxuriate in giving myself weekly masks to lift the impurities and reveal beautiful glowing skin. Little has changed in that regard, but what has changed is the fact that African Botanics has now created the quintessential clay mask. This is the clay mask against which all others should be judged. This may seem like a very dramatic statement, but to those who have entered the fold of African Botanics-- you know this is no exaggeration!
You may ask yourself how this mask differs from the scores of clay masks on the market, and there are a myriad of reasons for its uniqueness in the marketplace. Chief among them is the fact that this mask does not dry out the skin as do the standard clay-based masks. In fact, African Botanics Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask moisturizes and nourishes the skin while it purifies and draws out impurities that congest the pores. One look at the unique list of ingredients is all one needs to understand just why this clay mask is peerless, and is appropriate for all skin types. Even those for whom dry skin is the norm will be astonished by the results from this mask, and without any of the drying effects associated with typical clay masks.
According to African Botanics,

Clay-based treatment mask that deeply cleanses and refreshes fatigued skin while providing hydration, vitamins, and energy to your skin. Replenishes skin with minerals rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and amino acids to boost circulation and stimulate cell renewal. The antioxidant and omega-rich fusion of Marula, Baobab and Africa’s legendary botanicals purify, clear congested pores, brighten, firm and smooth the skin.

Enhanced with the latest plant stem cell technology, this mask deeply rejuvenates while addressing facial blemishes, breakouts, discoloration and oxidative stress. Resores a healthy glow without drying or leaving your skin feeling taut.

-Helps prevent and clear breakouts
-Extracts surface impurities and absorbs excess oil
-Balances, restores and evens skin toneleaves skin soft, noticeably radiant and glowing
-Soothes and reduces redness
-Offers DNA and CELL protection from free radicals
-Counters signs of aging
-Congested skin
-Loss of firmness and youthful density
-Dull, uneven skin tone and texture
-All skin types subjected to urban stress and city life

I use Marula + Plant Stem Cells Mineral Cleansing Mask once a week in order to reveal gorgeously clean and clear skin.  However, this magical mask does so much more than typical clay masks. It hydrates the skin, restores a healthy glow, and firms and lifts the skin. The antioxidant rich anti-aging ingredients stimulate cell turn-over while simultaneously softening the appearance of fine lines. I immediately note a pronounced clarity, and my skin always looks healthy and glowing after use. I like to apply a thin layer to freshly cleansed skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes so that it has completely dried. I then re-moisten my skin and employ the mask as an exfoliator by gently massaging my skin in a circular motion in order to remove any excess dead skin cells, and the results are always phenomenal. 
Key Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Kaolin - "White Clay – fine absorbent mild clay thoroughly draws out impurities, removing residual dirt, makeup particles and absorbing excess oil. Reduces pore size and detoxifies the skin without stripping."

Marula Oil – "Cold pressed, weightless, anti-aging botanical oil sourced from the remote pristine areas of South Africa's Marula Belt. Concentrated with powerful antioxidants, vitamins C + E that help cells renew and resist damage. Exceptionally high in Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 9 & Omega 6) that deeply hydrate skin and reduce redness while protecting against the elements. Softens the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, increases skin elasticity, plumps and revitalizes your complexion."

Hematite Stone Extract – "Known as the 'Iron Rose' or the 'anti-ageing jewel' is found in effusive magma rock, in hydrothermal seams and even on planet mars. This mineral form of Iron Oxide has powerful regenerative properties with scientific evidence that shows how it encourages pro-collagen synthesis to restore the tone and strengthen the skin to help it regain its firmness from within."

Zincite – "A specific zinc-rich liquid complex that helps protect DNA, the source code of all our cells. Inhibits glycation reaction, preventing stiffening of the skin and maintaining suppleness."

Alpine Rose Plant Stem Cells – "The alpine rose is a typical Swiss flowering plant from the Alps. It has bright pink blossoms and grows at altitudes up to 3200 m. Its evergreen leaves are especially resistant to high UV radiation and extreme dryness and cold. The extensive studies show that Alpine Rose Plant Stem Cells promote the vitality and longevity of skin stem cells. When incorporated into skin products, studies demonstrate their ability to repair and delay aging. They strengthen the skin's barrier, providing better protection to the skin against climate-induced stress."

Baobab Oil – "Omega rich ‘super fruit’ is very high in antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, D & E and essential fatty acids. Combats skin aging by improving skin's firmness and strength by boosting the elastic quality of the skin and encouraging cell regeneration. Tightening of the skin diminishing the look of lines and flaccidity."

Avocado Oil – "Rich in Vitamins A, D & E. Helps tone and tighten skin."

Green Rooibos Tea Extract – "Wild harvested in a small area in South Africa – the Cederberg region – a powerful antioxidant. High in polyphenols and rich in minerals. Contains natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which smooth and refine skin. Slows down aging process. Strengthens the skin’s outer layer. Evens pigmentation and reduces sunspots and blotchiness. Aids in tissue regeneration. Helps soothe & calm irritations such as itchy skin, sunburns, eczema, or acne."

African Resurrection Plant Extract – "Extremely rich in antioxidants and is especially helpful in rectifying oxidative changes caused by UV exposure. Stimulates extracellular matrix protein synthesis, which in turn stimulates skin elasticity and skin radiance. The Resurrection plant grows in desert conditions (Kalahari) and, even when dried out, has the unique ability to expand into a lush flowering plant after absorbing only a small amount of moisture. This unique resurrective ability of the Resurrection Plant can be seen on the skin as well. Because of an exceptional substance which can restructure denatured enzymes and optimise the skin’s self-protection, in just one week, the skin’s texture can improve to such an extent that the skin’s complexion looks visibly refined."

Damask Rose – "Regenerates skin cells and reverses signs of ageing."

Rose Geranium – "Helps to balance the secretion of sebum and clears sluggish and oily skins, while the antiseptic and cicatrisant properties make this oil an effective aid to help with burns, wounds, ulcers and other skin problems."

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin (White Clay), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Adansoania Digitata (Baobab) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Cetyl Alcohol, Myrothamnus Flabellifolius (Resurrection Plant) Extract, Asparlathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Hematite Extract, Rhododendron Ferrugineum (Alpine Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Rosa Damacena (Rose) Essential Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum (Rose Geranium) Essential Oil, Citrus Clementina (Clementine) Peel Oil, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocoperhol Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Citral*, Citronellol*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool, *Methyl Eugenol*, Neral* May Contain ± [Ci 77499] *Constituents Of 100% Natural Essential Oils Used. **Certified Organic Ingredients. 100% Vegan. Gluten-free. Formulated without mineral oil, toxic preservatives, colorants, silicone, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, triclosan, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Recommended use: "After cleansing, apply a thin layer to dry skin using fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Relax and allow the mask to work for 5-15 min while enjoing the intoxication aroma of Damask Rose, Rose Geranium and Clementine essential oils and herbs. Add warm water and lightly massage using a circular motion to gently exfoliate. Indulge 2 or 3 times a week depending on your skin’s needs."

For all skin types.

EXPERT TIP: "This cleansing mask can be used as an exfoliator: Apply a thin layer all over clean face and throat - leave for a couple of minutes and then gently massage in small circles to lift surface skin cells and help clear pores. Pay special attention to more congested areas, particularly the t-zone, then rinse with warm water."
Overall assessment: A real game changer in the realm of clay masks. Not only is it a hydrating clay mask, but it is an antioxidant rich anti-aging skin treatment that lifts and refines. Truly a peerless product, and I cannot compare it to any other products because there is nothing remotely like it on the market. As I have continually stated, African Botanics is a phenomenal company that makes some of the finest products that I have ever tried. This is a company to watch, and I highly recommend trying their products, they really are extraordinary.

$75.00 for 1.7 oz. from African Botanics, Space NK US & SpaceNK UK (Affiliate Links)
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. This was sounding just perfect for my current needs until I read clementine oil :( I just cannot be in the same room with a clementine. Everything from African Botanics sounds amazing though Helen. You have me convinced!!
    Have a lovely Monday

    1. Then this mask is a definite no-go for your skin! It's a pity that Clementine oil doesn't work for you because it is a delightful mask! African Botanics makes so many lovely products, and I am sure that you will find some that you love (without Clementine oil, of course). Have a lovely Tuesday! xoxox

  2. A clay mask that's not drying is a good one indeed.


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