We know exfoliation is good for the health of our skin because it helps us get rid of dead cells from the skin surface. But guess what! that is not enough, we also need to encourage our skin cell turnover. And that takes us to the world of skin peeling, which works a bit deeper than exfoliation.
Thanks to the boom in the skincare products containing glycolic acid as the main ingredient, we know enough about how the AHAs (Alpha hydroxyl acids) work on our skin to get rid of dead cells and renew the healthy ones. I have tried a few products myself that contain similar chemical exfoliants, you may read the review here. But it is only recently that I purchased an enzyme peeling powder and found it to be very gentle yet effective on my skin.
So enzyme peeling does pretty much the same as chemical peeling, that is , exfoliating the dead skin cells and renewing healthy ones and increasing skin cell turnover. The only difference is that enzyme peels do not contain acids and therefore tend to leave the skin pH in balance. Enzymes that are found in certain fruits like Papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, coconut and tomatoes, expedite the natural exfoliation process happening in the skin and not just get rid of dead cells (which any normal mechanical exfoliant can do) but also improves the overall texture of the skin, by reducing pores and improving elasticity. Enzymes by definition, are the substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific bio-chemical reaction. Hence enzyme peels are effective in nature. Also they are known to be suitable for almost all skin types.
Moment of Enlightenment:
While researching more about the enzyme peels, I at least understood why back in the day, papaya and tomato homemade masks were so effective in brightening my skin.
If you have never tried the pure (raw) pulp mask of tomatoes and papaya , please try it. They do a great job. A bit messy but totally worth it !
A few weeks ago, I came across enzyme peeling powder from Annemarie Börlind. I have been using it since then and will do a detailed review on it after using it for one complete month and that should be in a few weeks’ time.
Do you use any kind of enzyme peels/powders. Would love to know 🙂
In other news, I recently did a Lush haul and will share it with you guys soon, along with mini review of at least one of their most talked about mask, can you make a guess?
Sending you positive thoughts wrapped with the cheer of Spring season !