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Enzymes - what are they and why should you use them?

In this blog post we will talk about enzymes and their importance...

First things first - what are they? 

Enzymatic peels are an exfoliating agent derived from fruit enzymes like pumpkins, pineapple and papayas.  They give a superficial exfoliation to the top layer of the skin by digesting the dead skin cells.  They also can provide hydration and nourishment to the skin. 

These enzymes are proteolytic which means they break down other proteins. They provide a gentle exfoliation with minimum irritation.  Some of the more popular ingredients you might see on your skincare products include bromelain which is a pineapple enzyme and papain from the papaya.  

Why should I use them?  Enzymatic peels are amazing for regular facials as there is less of a risk of over-exfoliation and your esthetician can judge your level of sensitivity based off your reaction to the enzymes. 

Therefore, we always begin with an enzyme peel on your first appointment. This allows us to formulate a skincare routine for you with less of a risk of a reaction.

I often hear of clients who have had a bad experience with peels as their first peel was a glycolic peel for example and they had a lot of dryness and irritation following the facial.  With any facial, some mild dryness and flaking afterwards is possible, but by prepping the skin with enzymes and a solid homecare routine, you reduce the risk of reaction and irritation. 

Can I use enzymes at home?  Yes! Incorporating enzymes into your homecare routine is a beautiful way to gently exfoliate regularly, while nourishing the skin.  Using products like Iluma Brightening Powder (a scrub/enzyme hybrid) and the Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask will prolong the effects of your facial.  

Any questions?  Contact us here - seriously we would love to hear from you! 

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