What’s the deal with fruit enzymes?
We’re all familiar with the good ol’ manual scrubbing method to exfoliate our skin and remove dead skin cells (hello apricot kernel scrub from our teenage days!). But a lot of the time this is too harsh for the delicate skin on our face, and can do more harm than good. Enter the glorious existence of fruit enzymes! So what exactly are they, and are they harmful?
Well, first we need to understand that the skin has its own natural exfoliation process that sheds old skin cells as they die to provide space for fresh new ones. There are a few factors that slow this process down leaving us with dull skin and clogged pores that can lead to break outs.
Fruit enzymes are a natural form of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to speed up the natural shedding process by breaking down keratin protein found in the surface layers of our skin. Our favourite enzymes are bromelain which comes from pineapple, and papain which comes from papaya.
By including fruit enzymes in our skincare rituals, skin is naturally resurfaced to leave it smooth, soft and radiant with absolutely no physical damage from harsh scrubbing. Enzymes work immediately and are gentler than chemically produced acids, as they can only digest cells they come into contact with and therefore don’t penetrate the skin as deeply, or dry it out.
Along with keeping pores clear and skin radiant, fruit enzymes can lighten dark spots and scars, fade fine wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production.
We’ve included papain and bromelain enzymes in both our Purifying Mask & Polish and Nourishing Mask & Polish. So, which one is right for you? Ah decisions, decisions! Well, our Purifying Mask is formulated for combination and oily skin types to help decongest clogged pores, treat blemishes, and lift marks left by healed blemishes. Our Nourishing Mask is for normal, sensitive or mature skins that need a radiant boost for more youthful, firm and glowing skin.
Take your pick!