What Skin Essentials by Mariga have to say:
‘A natural, gentle enzyme peel that will exfoliate dead skin cells while delivering vitamins and nutrients.
Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.’
Ingredients – Pumpkin Enzyme Bioferment.
What I have to say:
I’ve had my eye on the Skin Essentials by Mariga Enzyme Exfoliator (€35 for 30ml) since reading this post over on Beaut.ie last year, but like most things, I added it to my ever expanding wish list and soon forgot about it.
That was until my go-to manual exfoliator, the Radiance Exfoliator by Sanctuary (you’ll find my review and crap photos of it here), no longer seemed to work for me. My skin had become dull and bumpy. You know those pesky under the skin bumps that aren’t quite full blown spots? Well, I had lots of those and needed something to sort them out.
After an afternoon spent reading Caroline Hirons’ blog, exfoliating toners seemed to be the way to go. Despite assurances that these products were gentle, yet more effective than manual/physical exfoliators, the thought of applying an exfoliating product to my face as often as once a day scared me. My skin is ridiculously sensitive, and I was afraid of aggravating my Rosacea, so I knocked the idea on the head. A bit dismissive of me, I know, but I wasn’t prepared to take the risk. My skin was in a bad enough state as it was. The search for a solution continued.
I didn’t remember the Enzyme Exfoliator until I was ordering, my current favourite skincare items, the Nourishing Oil (reviewed here) and Hydrating Cream from the Skin Essentials by Mariga website in September. I immediately added it to my basket and, honestly, my skin hasn’t looked back since.
I patch tested it as soon as it arrived by applying a pump behind my ear and leaving it for ten minutes before washing it off. This wasn’t recommended, but it is something that I usually do when introducing my skin to a new type of product. I kept an eye on it for 48 hours and apart from the initial redness after washing it off, which quickly disappeared, there were no adverse reactions so it was safe to use on my face.
I applied two pumps to dry, but freshly cleansed skin and set my timer for ten minutes. After rinsing it off with warm water and a face cloth (I pat my skin with the face cloth rather than rubbing vigorously) I could feel the difference right away. My nose and cheeks were visibly smoother and after a couple of uses the skin around my forehead and chin became smoother too. To keep my skin feeling pampered and to give it an extra boost I follow up with something really hydrating, like the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Sensitive Skin Mask (you can find my review of it here).
Like the Nourishing Oil and Hydrating Cream before it, the Enzyme Exfoliator has firmly made its way into my skincare routine. The bumps have cleared up and they haven’t returned. The dullness has disappeared too, for the first time in months my skin actually looks like it has some life in it. I use it once a week. If my skin isn’t looking too lacklustre I’ll leave it on for five minutes, but more often than not I give it the full ten minute treatment.
The Enzyme Exfoliator is up there as one of my two favourite skincare discoveries of 2013. The other one is the LUSH Grease Lightning Spot Treatment, which I reviewed last week, but I no longer need to use that.
You can purchase the Skin Essentials by Mariga range from their website – here. You’ll also find Mariga on Twitter – here – where she is one of the most helpful people, answering questions and giving great skincare advice in tweet-sized pieces.