Exfoliation 2.0 with gentle lactic acid and anti-aging probiotics / 1.7 oz full size
Marie Veronique Probiotic + Exfoliation Mask was bound to become one of our favorites. We love a good, gentle-yet-effective enzyme exfoliating mask, and the two others we have on our shelves represent necessary ends of the spectrum: Luzern’s Hydra-Enzyme Masque is rich, creamy, and moisturizing, while Ursa Major’s Bright & Easy Flash Mask is gel-based and hydrating in a lighter way. But sometimes it’s good to have a Goldilocks option that sits squarely in the crowd-pleasing middle.
But beyond that, Marie Veronique’s brightening, hydrating, and smoothing formula is, as one might expect, thoughtful and multifaceted. 5% lactic acid loosens dead skin cells that are then eaten up by lemon bioferment enzymes; this combination provides swift but gentle exfoliation that’s suitable even for sensitive, rosacea- or hyperpigmentation-prone skin. At the same time, a pre- and probiotic complex ensures the exfoliation process doesn't disturb the skin's microfloral environment (and therefore barrier function). Additionally, shea butter hydrates and sodium salicylate quells inflammation, a combination that keeps skin calm and supple. Marie calls this Exfoliation 2.0: "This mask does more than exfoliate, it enlists specific microbiota that work to improve skin's health." Well, then.
The immediate-gratification piece we love most is that, after just 5 minutes, skin is noticeably smoother and brighter — and so soft that you might ask yourself if you’re in a dream state when you touch your post-mask skin. Oh, this is no dream. This product is your key to five non-negotiable minutes of weekly me time.
To dig deeper into why the Probiotic + Exfoliation Mask works such magic and why smart exfoliation can be helpful, read our interview about exfoliation with Marie.
How to Use
Sodium salicylate is an anti-inflammatory that moderates effect of lactic acid.
Lemon bioferment enzymes dissolve dead skin cells loosened by lactic acid
Potato flour contains the enzyme catecholase for skin lightening.
Shea butter and coconut flour return emolliency to the skin.
Probiotic cultures help restore the natural balance of skin's microbiota.
Camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, potato flour, Cocos nucifera (coconut) flour, sodium salicylate, lactic acid extract 5%, pre/probiotic complex. Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Boswellia carterii (frankincense), Citrus sinensis (sweet orange), Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium)
Camellia sinensis (green tea) infusion, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), xanthan gum, potato f...
“This is a great mask for anyone who's new to exfoliating, because shea butter and sodium salicylate hydrate calm inflammation and hydrate the skin—two important steps to counterbalance the effects of sensitivity that arises from exfoliation.”