Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask
Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask


143 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$

Not tested on animals


Ingredients- Aqueous extracts of laminaria digitata (kelp) and carica papaya (papaya), certified organic aloe barbadensis juice, vegetable glycerin, papain, bromelain, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed, zingiber zerumbet (awaphui), vanilla planifolia and ananas sativus (pineapple) extracts, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), polysorbate 20, xanthane gum, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, chlorophyll and botanical fragrance. 5/21/09

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Age: Unknown

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have sensitive skin and this does not bother me at all but the results are surprisingly good. Every time I use it, strangers compliment me on my skin. It is a cool gel that you leave on your face for 5 minutes. I have left it on for longer with no ill effects. No animal testing. !00% vegetarian. A little goes a long way. Highly recommended and the price is right.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

on 9/7/2017 12:34:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love this stuff and have been buying for years! Have tried many more expensive, newer products, but always return to this for a quick skin pick me up. I use a lot of strong products on my face, prescription and otherwise, and sometimes develop flaky or dry skin. I apply this mask in the shower and remove with a Clarisonic or washcloth and emerge with truly glowing, clear skin. Will this mask get rid of more serious issues like melasma or sun damage? Probably not. I go for professional grade chemical peels for that kind of issue. But for a beautiful skin brightening-up that makes makeup go on flawlessly and gets rid of any kind of dullness? Love it and it will forever hold a place in my routine. I have tried multiple enzyme peels from other, generally more expensive brands (Juice Beauty, Andalou Organics, Peter Thomas Roth, Z. Bigatti, Ren, etc) and just keep coming back to this one.

9 of 9 people found this helpful.

on 1/7/2017 12:27:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

Not impressed at all. Have been using it for almost a month and no difference in look and feel of my skin.The texture of this mask is very gooey and seems like it's mainly just aloe. I would not purchase this again and don't recommend it. Waste of money for me.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

on 10/11/2016 4:14:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this mask! It is gentle yet I do feel tingling after a couple minutes. It smells fantastic and makes my skin feel soft and refined. I will always use this mask, as long as they make it!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 7/19/2016 12:59:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Guys, seriously. Use a spoon to get the stuff out, it's not rocket science.

Anyway, I really like this mask so far. Did not bother my skin and seemed to help fade post acne marks. I have very sensitive skin so I'll know in a day or so if a mask isn't working, and this one is great for me.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

on 4/6/2016 8:39:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

My facialist recommended this to me and I appreciate her not trying to sell me her fancy products at the Derm. She told me to go to whole foods and pick it up and I did. She advised me to use this once every two weeks as it takes a few weeks for our skin to regenerate new cells. She also told me I should leave it on in the shower while I'm shaving my legs or giving myself a hair mask. 15 min and voila. New skin. I've Ben using it while I steam my face and so far so good. Love the smell and how my skin from after.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This stuff is so good. It never disappoints. I picked it up years ago on a whim (I was drawn to Alba's look and price point) and was impressed by the instant results. I've tried several pricier enzyme peels and masks and I always come back to this one. I just picked up a new jar at Marshalls (and honestly, the tub lasts for-ev-er).

It does sting/tingle for about 30 seconds and then begins to cool on the face. I agree with other reviewers that you don't have to rush to wash this peel off. I've personally left it on while soaking in the tub for a half hour with no ill-effects. That being said, YMMV.

I don't take issue with the jar's hygienic properties, but it's possible that the jar exposes the product's active ingredients to oxygen and light, which may deteriorate the product. I'm only saying this because I'd love if Alba put it in a tube.

I've promised myself to use this peel more frequently (like 2x per week) because I see such good results! I'm pretty lazy about extras like masks and peels, but they really make a huge impact for me. FWIW, my face can be really sensitive to overdoing it but I've never had a reaction to this stuff.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

on 1/2/2016 11:10:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I've used this mask for years; it's a staple. My skin hates physical exfoliants, even gentle ones, so I'm an acid peel fan. Pineapple, pumpkin, papaya, bring it on.

This is a thick, translucent green gel that's easy to spread, and a little goes a long way. It's slightly sticky and almost emollient when you first try to rinse it off; it can take a little scrubbing. I find it comes off best with a konjac sponge (literally the harshest exfoliation my skin can handle, hah). You only need to leave it on for 5 minutes to get great effects. I've left it on for longer before, and unlike other acid products, this one doesn't hurt my face if I leave it on too long. Obviously, I wouldn't recommend testing this theory because who knows, maybe you'll end up with a bright red flayed face; but I'm just saying, if you put it on and then there's a fire alarm in your apartment complex, don't worry too hard about it being on there a while.

I will always repurchase this.

8 of 8 people found this helpful.

on 10/22/2015 7:49:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I love this! Quick drying mask, I could feel and see the effects in 5 minutes - my skin did look clearer and feel softer. It does sting/burn a tiny bit, but it's letting me know that it's working.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

on 7/30/2015 4:39:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I liked everything about this mask, except for the fact that it broke me it with small & painful pimples. I tried this on 3 different occasions & the same result-pimples! My skin is pretty clear now, so I am throwing this out! However, this does make your skin feel smooth after using it & it does give a slight warming sensation. Maybe this is not for my sensitive skin!

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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