What is an Enzyme Peel?

Most people have used a facial scrub at one point or another. But there are many different types of exfoliants out there you could be missing out on.  And they could be potentially better for your skin type/conditions and will give you better results.

So what is an enzyme peel? Enzymes break down and digest protein. Dead skin cells are protein. Often these types of enzymes are made from fruit such as papaya and pineapple. These two amazing fruits contain papain and bromelain, which is the ingredient in breaking down protein. (It’s also the same ingredient in digestive enzymes you can take to digest food proteins!)

Enzymes will resurface the skin, reduce inflammation, brighten skin tone and texture, dissolve blackheads, softens fine lines and reduce hyperpigmentation. Plus unlike scrubs which can be drying and irritating, creamy enzymes will actually leave some hydration on the skin!

Enzymes can be used once or twice a week. They are applied as you would a facial mask and left on for 3-15 minutes depending on directed by type and brand. They are really great for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. And even great for acne prone skin with redness.

Pro Tip: In the facial room we have steamers to help to activate products. At home jump in the shower and cleanse your face. Apply the enzyme peel and leave on directed amount of time. The steam/heat in the shower will activate the enzyme even further and make it more effective! (Be careful with sensitive skin types!)

Here are a few of my favorites:

Naturopathic Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel
Mature, sun damaged and hyper pigmented skin type

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June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask
All skin types, especially dry and sensitive

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Eminence Organics Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
All skin types except sensitive

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Babe on a Budget | $11
Alba Hawaiian Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask
All skin types, especially dry and sensitive 

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