While we may fantasize about having time to spare for a long-winded wellness routine, the reality is that most of us are trying to cram our self-care practices into a few precious moments per day. One easy thing you can do to make those five minutes of me-time worthwhile? Invest in Three Ships’ new Superfruit Lactic + Multifruit 8% AHA Exfoliating Mask ($29), which will give your complexion an instant glow-up 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, brightening boost. These chemically-exfoliating acids work to loosen up the dead skin cells in the upper layer of the dermis, sloughing them away to reveal fresh, baby-soft 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 barely penetrate the skin and are therefore less irritating.
Together, these acids improve appearance and texture in a few minutes flat. An added burst of physically-exfoliating rice powder—a fine, grainy, antioxidant-rich exfoliant—double downs on sloughing off dirt, grime, and build-up, to get your skin extra smooth.
Because Superfruit is so acidic, it works fast—really fast. “The concentration of AHA in this product is high and will improve skin texture, dullness, and target congested pores,” says Sandy Skotnicki, MD, Three Ships’ partner dermatologist. While many exfoliating masks take 15-20 minutes to melt 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 it off. If you’re prone to redness or sensitivity, you may want to start with an even shorter timeframe (think 1-2 minutes) and work your way up to longer stints to avoid irritation. You’ll also want to be sure to introduce the mask into your routine slowly. “AHA peels like this should not be used daily. This product may be irritating to those with sensitive skin and should be used once weekly to start,” says Dr. Skotnicki. A little stinging and burning are totally normal (that’s just the actives doing their thing), but consider any true irritation a sign you should stop using the mask.
At $29 a jar and a 5-minute weekly time commitment, consider Three Ships’ Superfruit Lactic + Multifruit 8% AHA Exfoliating Mask the easiest, most effective way to sneak in some self-care in a snap.
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