Fruit enzymes offer gentle exfoliation to the skin for a natural glow. As an exfoliator for all skin types, enzymes gently resurface skin to provide a smooth, radiant complexion. They're very effective yet so mild that even those with the most sensitive skin can use them. Enzymes break down the keratin protein from the outer layer of the skin, which bonds dead skin cells together. As a result, your skin texture will be even, and the breakdown process shows a reduction in scars and pigmentation.
What enzymes do for the skin:
- Gently exfoliate
- Brighten dull skin
- Soothe inflammation
How enzymes work:
Like digestive enzymes in your stomach, fruit enzymes break down proteins. For example, on your skin, fruit enzymes digest away the keratin protein in the outermost layer of your skin, helping you remove rough, dull, dead skin cells to reveal soft, glowing skin underneath. Fruit enzymes exfoliate the skin by breaking down the material that binds dead skin cells together, meaning they remove only the topmost layer of dead skin cells at the surface. They also actively soothe skin, and in skincare, fruit enzymes are most used as a safe and gentle form of exfoliation. Enzymes are perfect for everyone, especially those with acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.
The best fruit enzymes in skincare:
Papaya enzymes dissolve and remove dead skin cells, improving skin tone and texture. Papaya may also help with wound healing and reduce inflammation.
Bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapple, is considered particularly helpful for wound healing and treating bruising. In addition, these enzymes are known to brighten and even out skin tone while being an antioxidant and preventing skin from pollution damage during the day.
Banana peels are rich in enzymes, and the enzymes in banana skin have a pulling action that will draw the foreign toxins to the skin's surface, making it much easier to exfoliate.
Passionfruit enzyme is an intense boost of antioxidants that are the perfect option for skincare. They contain compounds that help prevent the skin from free radicals and repair UV damage.
The range of vitamins and antioxidants packed into guava will work wonders for your skin. For example, its antioxidants will protect your skin from damage, which can slow down its aging process, helping prevent wrinkles.
Pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help to speed up cell regeneration. As a result, you get newer skin cells quicker, leaving you with radiant and smooth skin. In addition, pumpkin contains vitamins A and C. Both are potent antioxidants that destroy free radicals.
The high vitamin C content in mango helps support your body's natural collagen production. In addition, the high antioxidant content helps prevent sun damage and premature aging. Mangos also hydrate your skin when combined in a skincare product and applied topically.
Enzymes can be combined with:
Different enzymes in separate steps of your routine boost exfoliation without irritating the skin.
Acids work in the same routine to increase their smoothing and brightening power. However, if the acid concentration is intense, do a patch test first.
Retinol works together to rejuvenate and smooth skin.
When can I use skincare products with enzymes?
You can use enzymes multiple times a day if desired. Since they only remove dead skin cells, there's little to no risk of irritating the skin, even if you use an enzyme product multiple times a day.
Are enzymes safe for acne-prone and sensitive skin?
The short answer is yes, enzymes combined action of resurfacing the skin, removing dead skin cells, and soothing inflammation make them a good ingredient for acne. In addition, enzymes are the safest exfoliants for sensitive skin because they don't disturb the healthy skin cells underneath the more dried or dead cells.