Please pass the Pumpkin: What fruit enzymes can do for your skin.
Pineapple. Papaya. Pumpkin.
While wisdom sometimes increases with age, unfortunately our skin cell turnover rate doesn’t. Sluggish turnover can make the skin appear dull, lack radiance and even trigger congestion and breakouts. While many products and ingredients address this issue, some may work better for you than others.
How do you know what will work best for you?
Receiving four decades of sun and environmental skin damage, from time to time, I believe it really pays to seek out for help from professional estheticians.
During one particular consultation, I asked about the various treatments available and what she would recommend. After talking and looking at my actual face, she told me that microdermabrasion may be too harsh for my particular skin type of skin (combination, sensitive and acne-prone), that it would only cause more redness and potential flare-ups. What she did recommend was a fruit-based enzymatic skin peel.
How will an enzyme peel help?
Enzyme based skin peels work slightly different than chemical alpha (AHA) or beta (BHA) peels. Usually fruit-based (from pumpkin, pineapple, papaya…) enzyme masks or peels literally digest dead skin cells, and in turn stimulate the growth of new collagen, lightening pigmentation and scar tissue, as well as diminishing the appearance of fine lines. All good things! Enzymes can also penetrate the skin to help deeply cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. Considered safe for all skin types, it doesn’t wound the skin, as some chemical peels can, and does all this without excessive flakiness, irritation or redness.
When applied, an enzyme peel can feel a bit “itchy” on the skin, but doesn’t have the same burn or hot feel as a chemical based one. After rinsing, your skin feels soft and smooth, clearing away dead skin cells, so afterwards be kind to your skin with a soothing chamomile moisturizer or hydrating serum. While I loved the results of my visits, the price tag was a bit steep. To replicate these results at home, I have sought after fruit-enzyme peel products that come close to replicating that same spa experience.
Applied topically the enzymes & high Vitamin C content in Pineapple & Papaya are known to stimulate collagen production, fight free-radicals and help reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines. Naturally this mask leaves your skin fresh, supple and glowing.
Pineapple & Papaya Exfoliating Enzyme Mask is formulated to be safe for even the most sensitive of skins and is not an “acid peel.” Therefore, you will not feel the characteristic sting or burn of a peel. Nor will you have any intense peeling or flaking from using it. The light enzymatic action in this organic mask makes it an excellent product to use as a grit-free exfoliant up to a few times per week.
Pineapple & Papaya Exfoliating Enzyme Mask is a gentle, cooling exfoliant. This mask contains a protein-digesting enzyme cocktail of Bromelain from the Pineapple & Papain from the Papaya in a matrix of organic Aloe Vera. Together these fruits gently break down & dissolve dead surface skin cells, encouraging a gentle sloughing for soft, smooth skin tone.
Pumpkin contains more than 100 “skin food” nutrients and essential fatty acids including Beta Carotene, Vitamin A and Zinc, which are known to stimulate circulation and promote healing, helping reverse the signs of aging.
This mask is formulated with a Multi-Botanical Exfoliating Complex of Pumpkin, Bilberry, Sugar Cane and Sugar Maple providing speedy and thorough surface re-texturizing while stimulating the growth of collagen. Alpha Hydroxy and Glycolic Acids have been shown to promote smoother, more youthful-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal which helps minimize fine lines and hyper-pigmentation.
Now you’ve got some decisions to make.
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