Beauty Test Drive: emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask

I don’t deviate too far from my daily skin care regime of washing with a benzoyl peroxide face cleanser and applying a prescribed MetroGel. I’ve found what works for me and I intend to stick with it until it no longer works for a while. But like most women obsessed with skin care, I know the benefits of a good face mask and recently tried the emerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask. As you’ve probably guessed, considering I use benzoyl peroxide and a topical gel composed of a bunch of chemicals, I don’t care whether my beauty products are organic–as long as they achieve the desired goal. But even I was impressed with the lack of “extras” in the Scientific Organics line — it’s paraben-free, pertro-chemical-free, and synthetic fragrance-free. Each item in the line contains a minimum of 70 percent organic ingredients. And the special ingredient is Kombucha, a fermented tea known for its medical uses.

I hadn’t paid attention to all the dietary buzz about Kombucha and was surprised by its skincare benefits. Kombucha minimizes the signs of aging, tightens pores, and diminishes fine lines and blemishes. It’s also a natural sun shield, anti-bacterial agent, and antioxidant. So did the Phytocell Detox Mask live up to all these promises?

This mask has a green clay base and contains grape stem cells, algae extract, and seaweed, along with Kombucha. I slathered it on thick because it has a clean scent and was extremely cooling. I left the Detox Mask on for 15 minutes, even though I was tempted to sleep in it because it felt so good. I didn’t expect much because I was used to face masks that tighten on the skin to draw out impurities. The Detox Mask was different though. It remained soft on my face and rinsed off really well. After using this mask, my inflamed pores were quieted, my skin had a healthy glow, and my pores did appear smaller. And it could have been my imagination, but the red patches around my nose and on my upper lip seemed less noticeable. I have oily skin, but since the Phytocell Detox Mask wasn’t drying, I think it’s also appropriate for dry, combination, and normal skin. [$50, emerginC]