Acure cell mask stimulates the green sea-monster

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask1 Acure cell mask stimulates the green sea monster
So it says on the Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial mask that you’re to apply the mask over your face until you look like a green sea-monster. That sure sounds intriguing and fun but it was not that that stimulated my purchasing decision. What had spurred my purchase were the rather glowing online reviews plus the fact that I’m almost done with my Now Solutions European Clay Power. Well, I also needed something new to play with and after using the Acure mask a few times now, I’ve to agree that it is indeed stimulating…too stimulating actually.

Brand hails from US
Before I touch on the performance, here’s a quick introduction to the brand. Acure Organics is a family owned USA company with a range of natural and certified organic personal care products. The brand’s products are created free from animal testing, gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, PEG, petroleum, silicone, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. What’s unique about their products is that a number of them are formulated with active stem cells and chlorella growth factor (CGF) to protect collagen and elastin fibers from enzymes.

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask Acure cell mask stimulates the green sea monster
Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial Mask | 30 ml, US$13.81
Like this product is formulated with argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor for cell revitalization. It also contains sea buckthorn, argan oil and CoQ10 to provide moisture to the skin. In addition, it has potent purification properties because the french green clay draws out impurities.

Application of this mask is straightforward. After cleansing your face, apply a layer of the mask evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster. Allow the mask to set for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly to a refreshed and renewed face! Easy peasy huh?

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask Ingredients Acure cell mask stimulates the green sea monster
Ingredient list
Here are the ingredients of the mask:
Organic euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic rosa canina (rosehips), organic punica granatum (pomegranate), organic fair trade certified rooibos, organic aloe barbadensis vera leaf, french green clay, vegetable glycerin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (from coconut + amino acids), vegetable cellulose gum, sodium cocoyl isethionate (from coconut), chlorophyll, organic chlorella pyrenoidosa extract (chlorella growth factor), glucono delta lactone (sugar enzyme), fair trade certified organic theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, carrageenan (algae), hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, ubiquinone (CoQ10), spinosa (argan) stem cell, potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), organic argania spinosa (argan) oil, and sage and spearmint essential oil blend.

Lathers a little and foams
Seriously, I don’t think this stuff is suitable for those with sensitive skin. I felt a rather strong tingling sensation on my skin as soon as this mask was applied. In fact, the whole time I had it on, I felt something “happening” to my skin. And while this mask works similar to other masks I’ve used, I’ve never come across one where it foams up during wash. The lather isn’t that much but this definitely washes the skin quite clean, which also means, it can leave the skin a tad drying considering I applied it after I’ve already cleansed my face.

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My take on the product
I totally agree that this mask cleanses the skin very well and draws out the impurities. However, I would only use this once a week and even then, I consider it a bit much for my combination skin. Like I mentioned, I don’t think this is suitable for those with sensitive or even dry skin. But it probably works better for those with oily and combination skin. I’m unlikely to repurchase this. I think the Now Solutions European Clay Power is much milder and does an excellent job of purifying my skin without leaving it drying.

Availability
Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial Mask is available at iHerb for US$13.81. It’s not costly and those outside US may like to know that the international shipping fees for purchases up to US$80 is a flat US$4 at iHerb. Alternatively, you can opt for DHL Express, which is quite fast and quite affordable. I usually buy about US$150 to US$200 worth of products and the DHL Express fees comes up to just around US$15 or so. And if you’re purchasing from iHerb for the first time, consider using my promo code below to enjoy some discounts.

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Comments

  1. fwy says

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  2. heather says

    already using the 2nd tube for this mask! i find it pretty good for lazy people like me who doesn’t like mixing clay powder with other things. i have sensitive skin too but the tingling sensation doesn’t really bothers me. you should try out their other range too! their shampoo is not bad.

    cheers!

    • Sesame says

      Glad it works well for you. I suppose it works well but just feel that it’s too “strong” for a mask. I’ll have a look at their shampoos. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. says

    I am prone to spots and found this done a wonderful job of drying them up. I agree though I wouldn’t use it more than once a week, otherwise you will find your skin getting dry and flakey.

  4. claire says

    My current and favourite brand! I really like their entire range! I have this too. I usally don’t cleanse before using it. The foam is so amazing and washes off easily. I usually put it on for about ten mins otherwise it would be too drying as you have mentioned.

    • Sesame says

      I think you were the one who pointed the brand to me. You don’t wash your face? But what about the impurities? I need to remove my makeup and hence, need to cleanse as I use this at the end of the day.

      • claire says

        For me, I don’t use makeup. Even natural makeup makes me breakout:( And I usually cleanse my face in the afternoon. So I use it on its own at night. Just once a week when I have slight breakouts. I find this mask cleanses my skin quite well, leaving it smooth, not tight and without oily residues. I usually take around 3-5mins so slowly massage the mask off :)

        Btw, you might want to check out Reviva 5% glycolic acid cream on iherb. It has gotten rid of most of my whiteheads and kept my skin pimple free ever since I’ve started using it. I’ve always had lots of whiteheads on t-zone. It’s so amazing. I always wake up to smooth skin. But it can be drying so best to use under a serum and moisturizer

        • Sesame says

          Oh I see…I’m not too keen to use glycolic acid cream but I’ll check out Reviva to see if they have other interesting stuff. ;)

  5. says

    My friend uses this and it is really nice. It is somehow a good anti-aging product since it affects the collagen of your skin. I agree, the reviews online are very good. I will try this and hopefully, my skin will glow and of course become smoother as well.

  6. says

    Hi beautiful!

    I love your blog :) I see that you try a lot of beauty products, and I was wondering if you’d be interested in trying one from my company. We currently offer a No-Mess Exfoliating Mud Mask and four types of At Home Facials. Let me know if you are interested in trying them and I can send them your way!

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend :)
    Kristina Plummer last post is: Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

  7. Rak says

    Hi Sesame,
    Are your products from iherb.com subjected to the customs check and any GST charged? Thanks.

  8. Csmith says

    The reason the mask foams is because just like vitamin C, COQ10, is an anti oxidant and when in a concentrated form and active it will foam and should otherwise it is not working. I do not work for the company but am certified in skincare and would highly suggest you learn more about antioxidants.

    • Sesame says

      Is that so? Doesn’t the foaming come from the sodium methyl cocoyl taurate and sodium cocoyl isethionate (ingredients 9 & 11), which are surfactants with foaming and lathering properties? The COQ10 is listed way down and highly unlikely to be concentrated as you’re claiming.

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