ELEMIS Review > Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash / Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask / Papaya Enzyme Peel

Published by Jasmine Imms

Elemis has recently redone their packaging, but the actual content of the product is the same.

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash, Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask & Papaya Enzyme Peel

Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash (formerly, Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash)

Full Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Lactate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Chloride, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Papain, Disodium EDTA, Galactoarabinan*, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Benzoic Acid, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Phosphate, Stearyl Alcohol, Protease, Subtilisin, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Poria Cocos (White Truffle) Extract.

*Extracted from Larch Tree


Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash is one of my favourite cleansers from Elemis along with their Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm that I've been loving for the last few years. Let me tell you, I get very picky when it comes to buying a foaming cleanser. I really don't like the tight drying feeling on my skin, so I prefer to use creamy types even for the foaming cleansers such as Sisley Phyto-Blanc Lightening Foaming Cleanser and Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash.

Once you start lathering Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash, it easily makes a very delicate foam that can cover your entire face and neck with only a small amount. The scent is neither bothering nor overpowering. I can just comfortably focus on cleansing without being distracted by the smell. I remember when my elder sister visited me and tried the cleanser saying "Oh, my! What's this? XD". Yes, Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash is one my few holy grail foaming cleansers :3. It leaves skin silky smooth without drying it out. I always notice that my skin looks a bit brighter after washing.

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Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash

It also exfoliates skin mildly, which makes it great for those who like to reduce the frequency of using an actual exfoliator weekly. I personally like to use it when my skin tends to be a bit more dehydrated and prone to get sensitised easily from any kinds of exfoliator or peels such as in summer and winter. And it has been keeping my skin in pretty good condition by getting rid of dead skin cells and keeping breakouts at bay. If I wear heavy make-up or put on several layers of sunscreen / CC cushion throughout the day, I would use Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash after using a micellar waters from Dr. Jart+ or Bioderma first. It also works brilliantly with a Clarisonic if you have one.

Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask VS Papaya Enzyme Peel

Full Ingredients

Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask

Aqua/Water/Eau, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Menthyl Lactate, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Xanthan Gum, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Fragrance (Parfum), Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Papain, Mannitol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Arctium Majus (Burdock) Root Extract, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Caramel, Zinc Sulfate, Subtilisin, Protease, Poria Cocos (White Truffle) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Biotin, Potassium Sorbate.

Papaya Enzyme Peel

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohols, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Fragrance (Parfum), Papain, Chlorphenesin, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine Du Lait, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Porphyridium Cruentum (Red Algae) Extract, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Mentha Arvensis (Mint) Leaf Oil, Cuminum Cyminum (Cumin) Seed Oil.


If you want to get the most out of the range, I also highly recommend either their Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask or Papaya Enzyme Peel. Unlike the creamy textured Papaya Enzyme Peel, Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask has a light gel texture that absorbs fast and cools skin, which is what I love about it the most. However, it doesn't bring the instant brightening effect like how Papaya Enzyme Peel does after rinsing off. The finish of the gel mask is very smooth and a bit mattifying, whereas Papaya Enzyme Peel leaves a baby soft comforting feel. There's no greasy oily residue from either of the masks.

Application Tips

Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask gives a cooling sensation upon rinsing off, so I strongly recommend you not to use cold water when you wash off unless you want that icy cold feel onto your skin -_-. By the way, here's the easiest way of washing off the gel mask that I've found. First, wet your face with warm water. Then use rolling motions with your fingers, avoiding the eye area as it can hurt your eyes very bad O_O. You can use a muslin cloth to take off, but you should know that there's a risk that you are overly sensitising skin. For Papaya Enzyme Peel, you can just rinse off with lukewarm water and it works just fine.

Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask

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Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask

I recommend Papaya Enzyme Peel for sensitive skin and Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask for more tolerant skin as it feels more potent. Personally, I've feel that Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask somewhat balances my skin, which is the reason why it has become one of my PMS masks that I reach for.

Papaya Enzyme Peel

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I cannot say which mask works better as they both seem to work pretty similar yet bring different results. I guess Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask might be a bit too cooling for colder seasons :P.

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