Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling Mask Review

Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling (60ml), €4.99. No press samples included.

The Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling Mask has been on my radar for a while, so when I spotted it in McGuire’s Pharmacy, Listowel recently I may have gotten a little over excited. What can I say, I love a good budget skincare product.

Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling Review

The basics

The Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling Mask is a chemical exfoliator; meaning it will get rid of dead skin cells without the need for a face scrub with beads or grains in it.

Despite its name this is not a peel off mask. Peeling is Ziaja’s description for how the mask gets rid of dead skin cells. It “peels off dead epidermal cells and facilitates the penetration of active ingredients”.

Now you’re picturing Samantha in Season 5 of Sex and the City after her salon chemical peel, right? Don’t worry you won’t end up looking burned.

Simply apply an even layer to your freshly cleansed face, leave for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Follow up with the remainder of your skincare routine and you’re good to go. I always apply a hydrating mask after exfoliating.

What you’ll find ingredients wise; Aqua (Water), Polysorbate 20, Carbomer/Papain Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Algin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Panthenol, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract, Glyceryl Caprylatye, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ethylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide.

What you won’t find; silicones, mineral oil or perfume. If these ingredients are a no go for you, for whatever reason, then you’re in luck.

A good starter chemical exfoliator

How does it compare to the Skin Essentials by Mariga Enzyme Exfoliator and the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel? It’s much gentler than either of them.

If you are new to the world of chemical exfoliation then the Ziaja Sensitive Skin Enzyme Peeling Mask is the one for you. It won’t leave your skin feeling stripped and with regular use it can help your skin look brighter and feel smoother.

For me, however, it wasn’t strong enough to provide the results I’m used to. I had intended using this as my only exfoliator for six weeks to give it a proper trial, but after four weeks the dreaded under the skin bumps appeared on my forehead and I had to reach for the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads to sort them out.

If your skin is accustomed to enzyme peels, exfoliating pads or acid toners then stick with them because this won’t match the results you’ve already achieved.

This product is worth picking up if you want to give chemical exfoliation a try for the first time, your skin is extremely sensitive or your skin is actually in pretty decent condition and you are looking to maintain it.

Ziaja products can be found in selected pharmacies nationwide or ordered online from Original Beauty.

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