So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask
Tula’s So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask is a potent and effective exfoliating mask that has just a couple of caveats holding it back from earning our top rating.
Packaged in an opaque, protective plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this mask has a lightweight gel texture that readily smooths across skin. You’re instructed to leave it on for 8-10 minutes, then rinse it, for brighter, smoother skin. It’s easy to rinse, with no residue left after.
We found using this did make skin instantly feel smoother, thanks to a high amount of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) glycolic acid, long a standout when it comes to surface skin exfoliation. This also contains exfoliating gluconolactone (PHA), and the formula’s pH of 3.82 is squarely within the range for optimal exfoliation to occur. That means that even though this is only supposed to be left on skin for 10 minutes, you’ll still see smoother, more even toned skin when using this as directed two to three times a week (although you can use more often for even greater benefits if your skin responds well).
Tula claims this also contains BHA (beta hydroxy acid), but it contains willow bark extract instead. While salicylic acid can be derived from willow bark, the extract doesn’t work like BHA because an enzymatic process is required to synthesize the components in willow bark extract into salicylic acid. This process happens if you eat willow bark, but not if you apply it to skin (skin doesn’t have the necessary enzymes to “free” the salicylic acid found in this plant). Willow bark is a good anti-inflammatory ingredient, though.
What about the fruit enzymes included here? While the ones here – from pineapple, pumpkin, and pomegranate – can exfoliate skin, they aren’t as impressive as the AHA or PHA here, and all exfoliating ingredients are best in a leave-on formula instead of a rinse-off product. That’s also the case for the pro- and prebiotic ingredients included here; they’re much more effective if left on skin so they have more time to work.
That said, this is still an overall good exfoliating mask that’s packaged nicely and skips out on both fragrance and irritants – which is welcome!
- Lightweight gel formula is suitable for all skin types.
- Rinses cleanly with no residue.
- Skin is left feeling softer and smoother after use.
- Contains glycolic acid and gluconolactone at a pH that’s optimal for them to work as exfoliants.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Willow bark extract doesn’t work the same as BHA.
- Exfoliating and ’biotic ingredients work best when left on skin, not rinsed off.
This powerful gel-like resurfacing enzyme mask reveals smoother & brighter-looking skin in a matter of minutes. Natural pineapple, pumpkin & pomegranate enzymes combine with AHA, BHA & PHA gentle acids to quickly exfoliate & polish skin—plus help soften & even the look of tone with each use. Probiotics & prebiotics help keep skin balance in check. When applied, a subtle tingly sensation lets you know the mask is getting to work. The 10-minute countdown to radiance starts now.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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