When I was at University, I will always remember a saying that one of my lecturers used to say: “All enzymes are proteins but not all proteins are enzymes!”. For some reason this seemed to stick in my mind. So why do we use enzymes in skin care?
Our skin is mainly made up of proteins and when our skin is damaged, usually due to environmental factors, these proteins begin to speed up in production and stay on the surface longer leaving our skin feeling thick, rough and starting to show signs of environmental damage. This has a knock-on effect with other issues, but this is not the post to discuss these concerns.
Enzymes are proteolytic, which basically means they will digest or dissolve proteins so in the instance of excess keratinized cells, enzymes assist with the removal of these cells. The skin feels better immediately and the rough texture begins to feel softer and smoother.
Common skin care enzymes are Bromelain or Papaine and are derived from Pineapple and Papaya, and there are also enzymes obtained from Pumpkin. I find using enzymes in treatments gives immediate results and starts the correction of a damaged skin barrier and allows easier access to active ingredients.
Ensure you add heat and moisture with your enzymes for them to work effectively.
Does your skin care range provide your skin with enzymes? I would love to know your thoughts.
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