July 23, 2014

beauty scoop | dr. alkaitis organic beautifying mask

With a quick scan through my beauty cabinet, you’ll find that my treatment masks are divided into three sections: Exfoliating masks; strong clay-based acne-busting masks; and soothing, healing masks.

The first two sections are heavily populated while the third — the soothing, healing masks section — has just a handful in it. The latest addition? Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask.

dr alkaitis organic beautifying mask

{Dr. Alkaitis sent me a sample of its new Organic Beautifying Mask to review. It costs $65 for a 1.7-ounce jar, which is enough for 25 mask applications. Photo Courtesy Dr. Alkaitis}

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask marks my first experience with the popular organic skin care line made with edible living ingredients.

I’ve been in awe of the brand for quite a while and jumped at the chance to experience the Organic Beautifying Mask, the newest offering and fifth mask in the collection.

(There’s also the Universal Mask; Flower Mask; Exfoliating Enzyme Mask; and Cellular Repair Mask.)

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask has a top spot in my “soothing, healing masks” section thanks to the fact that even though this mask harnesses the power of organic, wildcrafted Montmorillonite clay, it’s not drying and doesn’t tighten the skin in an uncomfortable way as it dries or after it’s washed off the way that some clay masks do.

dr alkaitis organic beautifying mask

With that said, it’s important to remember to keep Dr. Alkaitis’ masks moist as the ingredients work their magic; this means spritzing your face with a hydrosol or using an additional liquid, such as honey or yogurt, after blending the dry powder mask with water.

I’ve tried Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask mixed with just water (as seen in the selfie below — sorry for the poor indoor lighting, but it was and evening treatment!) as well as with manuka honey, and I’ve enjoyed both treatments.

Mixed with manuka honey, the mask feels as though it’s getting deeper into my pores and flushing everything out, but still without drying anything out.

Mixed with just water, the mask is lightweight and never tight, and upon rinsing off, it makes my skin feel so incredibly soft that I could almost get away without a mist and moisturizer.

dr alkaitis organic beautifying mask

I choose to use this mask (and my other “soothing, healing masks”) during weeks when my skin is coming off of crazy breakouts yet may not be in absolutely perfect condition; for me, that’s usually toward the beginning or middle of my cycle, after the PMS zits have somewhat subsided yet I’m still prone to a few spots here and there.

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask is a perfect choice during this time of the month in hot, humid months, as “healing and soothing” doesn’t always means “epic hydration” — I don’t need a heavy, moisturizing mask in Kansas City humidity, but I do need something to calm my skin and restore some balance.

So, what’s inside Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask that manages to calm, hydrate and free the skin of impurities?

Organic Oat Buds*, Magical Forest Mushroom Complex (consisting of Snow *, Tuckahoe*, Hedgehog*, and Immortality* Mushrooms), Raw Cacao*, Camu Camu*, Coconut Extract*, Montmorillonite** | *Signifies certified organically grown; **Signifies ethically wild-crafted

According to Dr. Alkaitis, Chinese women have used snow mushroom as a beauty treatment for centuries (I’m not sure my Chinese grandfather was really into beauty treatments, or else I’d want to ask him about this).

It’s because snow mushroom is said to increase moisture retention in the skin and help smooth the appearance of fine lines.

I would imagine that snow mushroom, combined with soothing, antioxidant-rich raw cacao, accounts of a lot of the healing powers in this mask while Montmorillonite clay does a bit of work to draw out impurities — just the balance I need for finicky, hormonal skin!

And because I’m always after a bit of balance, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Beautifying Mask is one I’ll keep stocked — it’s an understated treat to use at about $2.60 per mask (seriously, a little goes a long way and you can get 25 masks out of this jar!).

I’m looking forward to sharing more about Dr. Alkaitis with you soon. It’s a stellar brand with some pretty smart ingredients.

Have you tried anything from Dr. Alkaitis? What categories do your masks fall into? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com Mademoiselle nature

    Nice review! lovely mask…although a bit pricey. x

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      You think so? The breakdown is $2.60 per application. Cheaper than a spa visit! :)

      • http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com Mademoiselle nature

        I haven’t been to a spa since a really …long time :-((((((……

  • http://www.makeuppassionbeaute.com/ Ju lie

    i liked all of dr. Alkaitis is tried! I never try this mask but it seem very good!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Which one should I try next? Leaning Universal Mask …

      • http://www.makeuppassionbeaute.com/ Ju lie

        Organic soothing gel is my Fav of this brand :)

        • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

          Yeap I have that — I got the little travel kit to be able to try everything! I need to dig into my sample of the Universal Mask, but it’s only one application. Tried any of the other masks?

          • http://www.makeuppassionbeaute.com/ Ju lie

            unfortunately, i haven’t have that chance yet! But i think i will make a jump for this one! thanks for this review!

  • http://dreamandscheme.wordpress.com Dream & Scheme

    This brand is truly one of my favorites, I am such a fan of their multi-functional and effective products. You should definitely try the Soothing Gel and Nourishing Treatment Oil! They can literally be used from head-to-toe.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I have! I got the little travel kit — loving it. The gel and oil are faves as well, and I’m actually quite smitten with the day and eye creams, too. The scent is so divine! I’ll be sharing reviews on the rest of these items soon … but sneak peek, APPROVE! xoxo

      • http://dreamandscheme.wordpress.com Dream & Scheme

        I’m looking forward to your reviews. :)

  • http://wonderfelleworld.com/ Elle

    I’ve only tried a few samples of various Dr. A products but I liked how “herbal” they smelled. My medicine cabinet can’t handle another mask right now but I don’t really have many (any?) soothing/healing ones in there!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Me too! Something very soothing and calming about the scent. What masks are you loving right now?! #ImKindaAMaskWhore

  • Steph

    This post reminded me that I had a sample of this mask that I’ve yet to try. I literally just got done doing it. Mixed mine with some of May’s Honey Mud – fantastic! Great combo together, very soothing. My skin feels so soft and refreshed right now. Considering purchasing this! The Problem Solver mixed with Honey Mud is still hands down my favorite mask of all time though. But this was nice, not intense, something a little different. I enjoyed it. Thanks for the great post!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Oooh, what a nice combo! The Honey Mud + The Problem Solver are staples for me, too. I will never be without them! But it’s nice to have a not-as-intense mask, too. Dr. Alkaitis is really winning me over! Cannot wait to share thoughts on more items from the line (soothing gel, cleanser, oil, eye cream … oh my!). xoxo

  • shortsmallsweet

    Ooooh I love masks, especially the ones you have to mix it yourself (hello MLS). I love these detoxifying clay-based ones since they work well for my finicky-forever-hormonal-zits-prone skin. I tried a sample of their Soothing Gel and I felt it was okay, maybe I need to test it out more!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Yeah, give it another whirl … I wasn’t excited by it at first glance, but I really enjoyed the texture and how light it was on my skin! Been using it all week :)

  • asti

    By the sound of it, I need to try this mask then. I love his Exfoliating mask but it is only recommended to be used once a month. For my finicky skin, I need a more often treatment product although I can definitely see a brighter skin in one time use but with the conjunction of his other products, I don’t see a reduction in my congestion. His Universal mask is also really comforting but not as purifying. I had trouble keeping it ‘wet’ for 45 minutes though (as I don’t have a bath) without it dripping down while spraying it!

    I too am in love with his eye cream that my mum has. I want to get it for my self! Makes my under eye so soooft.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Yeah, it’s a nice one to have in the arsenal, but my arsenal is crazy big! I need to try the exfoliating mask, though I do love my MLS Problem Solver, so I’m not sure I really need it. I just love giving everything a spin! :)

  • http://amber-allnaturallybeautiful.blogspot.ca/ Amber Karlson

    Great review! Sounds like a really good mask… $2.5/treatment is pretty good!



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