March 18 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Have you ever considered including an enzyme mask in your skin care regimen? With ingredients like enzymes, vitamins, probiotics, soy and more, the line between food and personal care is becoming blurry. Well first, what exactly are enzymes? And what are their benefits as it relates to skin care?
Enzymes are organic substances that sustain life; proteins that act as catalysts, or accelerators, during chemical reactions happening continually throughout the body. Some reactions need to happen quickly, such as the enzymes involved in breaking down big protein or fat molecules into smaller ones during digestion.
The chemicals that make up enzymes speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed in the reaction themselves. They're incredibly useful in biological processes because they can make a reaction that normally requires that dangerously-high temperatures occur at normal body temperatures. In the food industry, enzymes are used to help ripen fruits, tenderize meats and produce things like wine and cheese.
The enzyme processes working in your skin are not quite as fast as in the gut, but they react at an impressive rate when you realize what their work encompasses. Enzymes from natural sources, such as fruits, working with the enzymes in and on your skin, can come together in a dramatic dance to revitalize your skin and return a youthful glow and feel to your face, neck or anywhere you want to improve texture or appearance.
While there are many types of enzymes, they have two primary uses in skin care-- for exfoliation and anti-inflammation. Certain enzymes are effective exfoliants and can be gentler than other methods like scrubs and microdermabrasion. The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin. Look for fruit enzymes like papain (papaya), pineapple or blueberry.
Other enzymes (some found naturally in skin) can function as a scavenger of free radicals and protect skin against oxidative damage. Simply put, enzymes can protect against damage from sun, environmental pollutants and even acne.
What are the Advantages of Enzyme Masks or Peels?
Enzyme peels accelerate the process of skin cell replacement by accelerating the chemical reactions necessary to bring forth newer, plumper cells and to rid the skin of the older, dead cells. You have probably come to know the term exfoliate, due to scrubs and loofahs. Enzyme peels can accomplish exfoliation much faster. Peels can loosen and remove dead skin cells, promote younger cells, diminish scars, stretch marks, age spots, fine lines and discoloration. Natural enzymes can also penetrate the skin to help cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. Popular ingredients for enzyme peels include papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and blueberries.
Our Pumpkin, Yam & Papaya Enzyme Face Mask is gentler way to fade dark spots and fine lines away! This mask gently exfoliates and lifts skin to reveal glowing youthful skin that also looks more even! Using enzyme-infused products will increase cell turnover helping you reveal gorgeous skin every single day. This increased rate of cell turnover will also help get rid of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) from acne and ingrown scars alike.
- Smooths and Softens
- Increases Cell Turnover- (removes dark pigments trapped in the cell)
- Increases skin's glow and removes dull dead skin cells
- Minimizes Pores
- Reduces the appearance of discolorations
- Safer than AHAs
- Nourishes skin with over fifty minerals