Enzyme Mask: What is it and How to Use It?

The bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping and while everything is seemingly perfect, your skin is dragging. Most people have used some sort of facial scrub at one point or another not really understanding what they are lathering into their skin or how it works. Unless you are a beauty care expert, we don’t blame you for not knowing what every single ingredient is as sometimes the list can be daunting and rather long! Our bodies are as beautiful as they are unique with our skin being the largest organ absorbing up to 70% of what we rub into it. Knowing this, don’t you feel it is important to know what is in your skincare products along with how they work? We do too!

Skincare is not new to the beauty industry as many people swear by certain products that help to do one thing or another and while many ingredients inspire deep discussions for debate, enzymes have laid relatively low on the radar- until now. 

What is an Enzyme?

If you don’t remember biochemistry from your grade school science class, then don’t worry because those days are kind of a blur for us too! Enzymes are chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed in the reaction themselves. So basically, enzymes act as catalysts for a reaction, enhancing a particular chemical process such as digestion or metabolism! There are many different kinds, but the most popular enzymes used in skincare usually come from fruit extracts. 

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How Do Enzymes Work With Our Skin?

Did you know that being born with good skin is a myth? Many people with skin issues believe that they were just born with poor skin due to genetics, never really searching for a remedy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, studies have shown that genetics only make up 20% of natural aging with a whopping 80% due to the accumulation of pollution, sun damage, poor diet, and dry air – ouch! These are the true offenders that are responsible for pigmentation, advanced wrinkling, blotchy skin discoloration, and big age spot- not necessarily genetics! 

Collagen is a very important protein found in our body that gives our skin its elasticity and firmness. Unfortunately, as we age, our body’s natural ability to produce this tends to lessen leaving our skin thin and weak. This is when enzymes are needed most! 

The upper layer of your skin is mostly made up of dead skin cells containing the protein keratin. The enzymes found in fruit are also a type of protein that happens to break down other proteins. In skincare, these powerful fruit enzymes are used to exfoliate and help break down keratin to facilitate the shedding of dead skin cells thus allowing new skin cells to be made! Some of the most famous fruits with the best exfoliating enzymes are:

Pineapple

A very beneficial enzyme for the skin comes from pineapple and is known as bromelain. This is the same enzyme that gives you an intense tingling sensation in your mouth when you eat this super fruit. Bromelain can reverse free radical damage, smooth and even out skin texture and dissolve dead skin cells! Bromelain will also help to unclog pores and reduce redness. Enzymes found in pineapple are ideal for:

  • Dull and dry skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Scarred or red skin

Papaya

Papain is a great enzyme found in papaya that is known to lighten red marks and scars due to acne, reduce redness and work on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture. This superfruit also contains high levels of antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C,  vitamin B, and seed oil. Enzymes found in papaya are ideal for:

  • Acne-prone skin
  • Hyperpigmented skin
  • Aging skin or sun-damaged skin

Pumpkin

Pumpkins have really made a presence in the beauty industry as they have powerful enzymes that enhance cell turnover, brighten dark spots, and smooths uneven skin. Pumpkin contains vitamins A and C to help boost collagen production and soften the skin as well. Pumpkin enzyme masks are ideal for:

  • Those with normal or combination skin types (aged, dry, oily, acne-prone, etc.)
  • Hyperpigmented skin
  • Dull skin

Blueberry

Blueberries have been known all over the world as a superfood boasting with aqua antioxidants! Enzymes from this fruit help to cleanse the skin, keeping it hydrated with a thin layer to combat fine lines and wrinkles. Typically, gentle enough for all skin types, enzymes from blueberries smooth and brighten while protecting the skin from damaging free radicals. Enzymes from blueberries are ideal for:

  • Hyperpigmented skin
  • Skin sensitivity 
  • Aging or sun-damaged skin

Tomato

For those suffering from excessively oily skin and clogged pores, the enzyme known as citric acid found in tomatoes can help! This powerful enzyme fights off blackheads purifying pores brightens the skin through exfoliating treatment and helps with hyperpigmentation. 

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Inflamed or red skin
  • Acne-prone skin

Passionfruit

Loaded with antioxidants, piceatannol is an active enzyme found in passionfruit that helps the skin to create more collagen. This helps to tone and firm the skin reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 

  • Normal skin types
  • Aged or sagging skin
  • Dull skin

Kiwi

Kiwi is another superfruit that contains a good amount of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which helps to tighten the skin, smoothing out acne scars while locking in moisture. 

  • Acne-prone skin
  • Aged skin
  • Inflamed or red skin

Lemon

Lemon has been used for years in the beauty industry, so it is no surprise that the enzymes found in this fruit are extremely beneficial to the skin. Lemons contain citric acid that helps to increase cell turnover, brightens the complexion and helps to unclog pores killing acne-causing bacteria. Enzymes found in lemon are ideal for:

  • Normal, dry or sun-damaged skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Hyperpigmented skin tone

Why Do We Need Enzymes in Skin Care?

There are two primary uses in skincare that enzymes provide: anti-inflammation and exfoliation. Enzymes can be found in many products such as cleansers, chemical peels, exfoliating face mask, and exfoliators. As we mentioned, the upper layer of your skin is mostly made up of dead skin cells containing the keratin protein. You can thank this layer of your skin for your acne breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles caused by premature aging, and dryness due to a lack of hydration. Enzymes in clean skincare is a super tool that should be added to everyone’s beauty arsenal because it works by breaking down the keratin protein to remove dead skin cells. New skin cells are then formed resulting in smoother skin and a radiating complexion. 

What are the Benefits of an Enzyme Mask?

Enzyme masks, which typically contain glycerin, aluminum oxide, and phenoxyethanol, have really grown in popularity due to the long list of benefits they provide! With the best enzymes for our skin coming from fruit, enzyme masks are an all-natural skin-nourishing beauty secret used by many. Some of the incredible benefits provided by an enzyme mask are:

  • Smoother skin
  • Brighter skin complexion
  • Clean pores
  • No redness
  • No blackheads or acne
  • No skin irritation
  • Removal of dead skin cells
  • Luminous and glowing skin
  • Moisturizer

How Do You Use an Enzyme Mask?

Like with any new product, it is so important to listen to your body. Enzyme masks are very popular because they tend to be all-natural coming from fruit extracts. Although harmless, these enzymes are pretty powerful! Due to the strong skin-nourishing properties that enzymes possess, these masks can deeply penetrate the skin. Some people with sensitive skin find that when they first start using them, they may notice a little bit of skin irritation and redness. If you find that this is happening to you, keep the mask on for less than the instructed time and start by using it only once a week. 

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Is There a Downside to Enzyme Masks?

These masks seem too good to be true, huh? Enzyme masks make an amazing addition to any beauty regimen because of the incredible list of benefits they possess, however, enzymes are like temperamental toddlers. If the ph and temperature of a product are not right, it simply will not work making enzyme masks very tricky for cosmetic chemists to perfect. Any changes in the enzyme’s environment can make them unstable and useless. Coming up with a magical formula can take a lot of time, patience and effort. This is probably why enzymes have been laying low under the radar for all this time! 

When looking to add an enzyme mask to your beauty regimen, don't forget to add moisturizing steps in a circular motion or forgetting to apply the mask with wet fingertips. You want to make sure that you do a little bit of research before purchasing and check out all willy-nilly. Find a reputable company such as Peter Thomas Roth or Trust Beauty with great reviews using only natural ingredients. Stay away from purchasing products overseas and make sure the company fully lists each ingredient in the product, so you know exactly what is being absorbed into your skin such as benzyl alcohol or tocopheryl acetate. Enzyme masks must be stored in a cool and dark place avoiding direct sunlight. 

Although they have been around for a while, beauty chemists are just now really sinking their claws into enzyme masks and for good reason! Overflowing with some truly incredible benefits backed by science, we highly recommend giving an enzyme mask a try!


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