Sunday, April 9, 2017

African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask | Review

 Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

That I continually wax poetic about the wonders of African Botanics is hardly news to Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers. To state that I deem their products the holiest of the holy grail in the realm of ultra-luxe-eco skincare– or any skincare for that matter– should also come as no surprise. I have been using their products for a few years, and they truly are peerless. Their visionary formulas have revolutionized skin and body care by continually producing cutting edge products that are healthy, effective, utilize the highest quality ingredients available, and are utterly extraordinary to use. Their quest to create healthy luxury products, with sustainably harvested indigenous ingredients from the Noik's native South Africa, has raised the bar on what it means to use luxe products without any fillers or unsafe ingredients.

Furthermore, the textures and aromas of each one of their thoughtfully conceived and executed products shows an attention to detail seldom seen, and I simply cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which their products feel divine, and are an unmitigated joy to use. 

Their latest launch, African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask, comes in an ultra-elegant and  minimalist pale green glass vessel that echoes the color of the luxurious gel-based mask housed within. Unlike most exfoliating masks that have a pungent scent, this one boasts a delectable quasi-herbal, fruity-floral aroma from which I can detect the slightest hint of Marula, Kalahari Melon and Jasmine Grandiflorum. 
African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask is a multi-functional resurfacing mask that acts as a physical exfoliant, sans gritty particles, when you gently rub it into the skin (for about 2-3 minutes), but then once you allow it to dry the proprietary blend of ultra-potent Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Phytic Acid and White Willow Bark effectively and efficiently exfoliate dead skin cells, refine and clear congested pores, and plump and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This ingenious blend of ingredients serves to improve elasticity, calms irritated skin with its anti-inflammatory ingredients, and it leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and luminous. It should also be noted that this potent formula effectively helps to fade hyperpigmentation, while the antioxidant-rich ingredients such as Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Copper, Magnesium, Superoxide Dismutase protect, repair, heal and nourish the skin.

African Botanics sourced the leaf sap from the indigenous South African Bulbine Frutescens because of its unique ability to boost collagen production and therefore enhance elasticity, tone and firmness. The effects are pronounced and noticeable, and for this reason alone African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask ranks among the greatest masks that I have ever tried, but that is but one of its many, many virtues.

If you have very delicate or sensitive skin, then I would initially leave it on for no more than 4-5 minutes, and rinse it off thoroughly. I was able to leave it on for a full 15 minutes the first time that I used it. While I did feel a warming effect, and a slight tingle, I neither found it uncomfortable, nor unpleasant. I use it twice a week, and have done so for about a month, and my skin looks and feels as though I received an in-office peel. With African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask, however there is no necessary down-time, and there is not peeling whatsoever.

After I use African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask is either use African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil (Reviewed HERE) or African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil (Reviewed HERE) to nourish and smooth my post-exfoliated skin. The end result is baby soft ultra-luminous skin.
According to African Botanics,

African Botanics Infinité Resurfacing Mask is an advanced AHA + BHA multi-functional treatment formulated to rejuvenate all skin types without causing irritation or dehydration. Designed to exfoliate, clarify, decongest, brighten, increase cellular renewal, improve elasticity and add vibrant luminosity to your complexion. Dual action also enables antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory ingredients and collagen boosters to penetrate deep into epidermal layers during the treatment.

A powerful proprietary blend of potent Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Phytic Acid and White Willow Bark effectively exfoliates, refines pores, plumps and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Intelligent collagen booster derived from the leaf sap of South African Bulbine Frutescens increases collagen production and enhances skin’s firmness, tone and elasticity. Infuses skin with energizing and uniquely stable Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Copper, Magnesium, Superoxide Dismutase and Resveratrol rich in cell-protecting antioxidants, enhancing natural repair, healing and collagen synthesis. Plumps, firms and revives the skin with intense hydration from Sodium Hyaluronate, peptides, nutrient-rich Sea Kelp, Green Algae and water-binding saccharide molecules. Helps calm, decrease inflammation and skin irritations with precious botanicals: Yarrow, Mallow, Centella, Melissa, Arnica, Aloe Ferox, Chamomile and Jasmine. Regenerates, protects and replenishes the skin with our Distinct African Oil Complex and ultra-pure African Bush and Desert plants, rich in polyphenols, omegas, plant ceramides, lipids and amino acids.

Directions: For best results, use 1-2 times per week. Apply a thin layer to clean face and neck avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for 2-3 minutes in circular motions. Leave on skin for 5 - 15 minutes, if sensitive, up to 5 minutes. Rinse with tepid water or use a wet washcloth. Follow with a moisturiser or any appropriate African Botanics face oil. Not recommended to exceed the suggested time. Use sunscreen to prevent sun sensitivity post treatments.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Lactic Acid, Mentha Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)* Extract, Speedwell (Veronica Officinalis) Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Resveratrol, Arctostaphylos (Uva-Ursi) Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Extract, Bulbine Frutescens*, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Fucus Vesiculosis (Sea Kelp) Extract, Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection)** Plant, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Tannic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Di- and tripeptides), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Superoxide Dismutase, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract*, Acetamide MEA, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phytic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Linoleic Acid, Sommondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)* Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, D-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica)* Extract, Chamomile Martricaria* Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris (Green Algae) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Salix Alba (White Willow Bark), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil, Magnesium Sulphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)** Seed Oil, Copper Gluconate, Arnica Cordifolia (Arnica) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)* Tea Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape)* Seed Oil, Ethanol, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip)* Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested Ingredients. Responsibly sourced. Never tested on animals. Formulated without silicones, mineral oils, parabens, allergens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs and SLSs.
Overall Assessment: This is unmitigated perfection, plain and simple. A+

$200.00 for 50 ml. 1.7 oz. from African Botanics (Unaffiliated Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. I know you love this brand. The new products sound wonderful. I am dying to try marula oil!

    1. It is such an extraordinary brand, and I have never tried anything from them that I didn't absolutely love! I think that you would really love their Marula Oil and their Neroli Infused Marula Oil!

  2. That mask looks incredible! Too spendy for me but if it were in my budget, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

  3. The marula oil would be perfect for my skin.

    1. Yes, it definitely would be a great fit for your skin. I think that you would love their Marula Oil and their Neroli Infused Marula Oil!

  4. While my budget won't appreciate this, my skin would. This sounds like mask perfection for me!

    1. It definitely is an ultra-luxe mask, with a luxury price tag to match, but it is absolutely incredible!

  5. This brand sounds so incredible. I prefer gentler exfoliators as opposed to gritty ones.

    1. It really and truly is, Kristina! While this has no grit, it is ultra-effective!


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