Here at OROGOLD, we are always talking about the importance of exfoliation, because even though our skin does shed its layer of dead skin cells on its own, this process slows down as we age, leading to dull, rough skin. Exfoliation helps to speed this, revealing the fresh new skin cells beneath, as well as enabling any products you use to be much more effective. There are a few different methods of exfoliation, and today OROGOLD is going to talk to you about exfoliating with enzymes, explaining exactly what this involves and the benefits that you can expect.
Where Do Enzymes Come From?
The enzymes that are most commonly used in skin care and exfoliation are plant-based. Bromelain is one of the strongest enzymes out there, and this comes from pineapples. Papain is also a popular enzyme that is used, and this is derived from papaya, while pumpkin is where we get the enzyme protease from. Other fruits that are high in exfoliating enzymes are cherries, figs, pomegranates, raspberries and grapes. These foods are all so densely packed with enzymes, as well as other skin-boosting nutrients, that you could essentially make an effective exfoliating mask in your own kitchen, simply by mashing some of these ingredients together and applying the paste to your skin.
How Do the Enzymes Work?
Dead skin cells are bonded onto the layer of skin beneath, and enzyme exfoliants work by breaking this bond, thereby speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. The top layer of our skin is also primarily made up of dead keratin cells, which the enzymes are able to digest.
What are the Benefits of Exfoliating with Enzymes?
Since most enzymes are derived from fruits, they are packed with natural antioxidants, which bring so many additional benefits to the skin. For example, the protease that comes from pumpkins is extremely high in vitamin A, while the bromelain that comes from pineapples contains a high amount of vitamin C. Using natural enzyme exfoliants also means that you are avoiding any of the chemicals that come with other methods of exfoliation. It is also much gentler on your skin than manual exfoliation, as you don’t need to scrub at it, keeping your healthy skin cells from being damaged. Those who have sensitive skin may also discover that using natural enzyme exfoliants does not cause a reaction, while most other exfoliation methods usually would.
Exfoliation is most definitely key when it comes to having healthy and smooth skin. It is especially important to exfoliate regularly as you age, because your natural exfoliation rate will drastically start to decrease. Without exfoliation, your dead skin cells will build up on the surface of your skin, resulting in a dry and dull complexion. Whether you choose to exfoliate with enzymes, or you opt for another exfoliation method, OROGOLD strongly advises you to regularly incorporate exfoliation into your skin care routine immediately.