While we may fantasize about having time off for a long wellness routine, the reality is that most of us are trying to squeeze our self-care practices into a few precious moments each day. Anything easy you can do to make those five minutes of me time worth it? Invest in Three Ships’ new Superfruit Lactic + Multifruit 8% AHA Exfoliating Mask ($29), which will give your complexion an instant glow while being easy on your wallet, your skin, and your schedule.
True to its name, Superfruit’s formula is loaded with fruity “alpha hydroxy acids” (AHAs), which give skin an instant glow boost. These chemically exfoliating acids work to loosen dead skin cells in the top layer of the dermis, peeling them away to reveal fresh, baby-smooth skin. In addition to fruit-derived acids (namely glycolic, citric, malic and tartaric), the formula also contains lactic acid, which comes from milk and has large molecules that can hardly penetrate the skin and are therefore less irritating.
Together, these acids improve the appearance and texture in just a few minutes. An added burst of physically exfoliating rice powder, a fine, grainy, antioxidant-rich exfoliant, doubles down to remove dirt, grime, and buildup, so your skin is smoother.
Because Superfruit is so acidic, it works fast, really fast. “The concentration of AHAs in this product is high and will improve skin texture, dullness, and target congested pores,” says Sandy Skotnicki, MD, partner dermatologist at Three Ships. While many exfoliating masks take 15-20 minutes to melt away dead skin cells and unclog pores, this one gets the job done in 5 minutes or less.
The brand recommends applying a thin layer of the product to damp skin and letting it dry for up to 5 minutes before rinsing. If you are prone to redness or sensitivity, you may want to start with an even shorter period of time (think 1-2 minutes) and work your way up to longer periods to avoid irritation. You’ll also want to make sure you introduce the mask into your routine slowly. “AHA peels like this shouldn’t be used daily. This product can irritate people with sensitive skin and should be used once a week to start,” says Dr. Skotnicki. A little bit of stinging and burning is totally normal (that’s just the actives doing their thing), but he sees any real irritation as a sign to stop wearing the mascara.
At $29 per bottle and a 5-minute weekly time commitment, consider Three Ships Superfruit Lactic + Multifruit 8% AHA Exfoliating Mask, the easiest and most effective way to sneak care in an instant.
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