The Power of Enzymes in Skincare

Bromelain

We know how important it is for our body that we eat fruit and veg daily, but what about applying fruit to our skin?  We don’t mean literally putting pieces of fruit on our face. We are referring to the enzymes that come from fruit and are found in skincare products.  The transforming effects that natural fruit and plant enzymes have on the complexion are even more delicious than the fruits themselves!

Enzymes, which are proteins that increase the rate of chemical reactions, make wonderful exfoliators and carry essential vitamins and healing properties to promote youthful, glowing skin. It may sound a little strange at first, but these enzymes actually digest and remove dead skin cells, leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. Enzymes are gentle options for this process, as they tend to be more delicate on the skin than standard scrubs or microdermabrasion. So if your usual exfoliators leave you with red, irritated skin, enzymes will be your new BFFs.

These proteins also protect from environmental pollutants and damage from the sun, which is ideal for those of us who are always on the go. If you’re struggling with inflamed skin or are in need of free-radical scavengers, enzymes act as the Prince Charmings of skincare to soothe and rescue the complexion. And the best part is, these enzymes work quickly, meaning you’ll see the fast results you’d hope for before a big event, date night, or important meeting with that scary boss.

If you’re on the market for skincare products containing fruit enzymes, some of the best to look for are:

Papaya – This delectable tropical fruit also holds delightful benefits for the complexion! Taken from both the fruit and leaves of the papaya, these enzymes have a keratin protein digesting ability that aids in exfoliation and provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Using papaya enzymes in skincare promotes healing of damaged tissue and inflamed lesions, and helps produce the connective tissue collagen to increase elasticity in the skin. We’re warning you – you might even start getting carded at bars again.

Found in: Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque, Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Body Spa Body Exfoliating Scrub, O2 Lift Enzymatic Facial Peel, I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

Pumpkin – When we think of pumpkins, we’re met with visions of Halloween or wintery soups. It turns out that pumpkin is more than that – it has some pretty incredible benefits on the skin too! It is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals. Pumpkin peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients, helping you can get the most out of your skincare products.

Pumpkin Enzymes are used in skincare for two purposes – exfoliation and anti-inflammation.   As we age, our cell turnover rate decreases and can result in a dry, rough, or dull appearance to the skin. Because the enzymes exfoliate quickly, dissolving dead surface skin within a matter of minutes, they are an excellent choice for those needing instant results. Immediately after treatment, skin will be noticeably softer, smoother and brighter, which never fails to boost confidence.

Found in:  I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution, Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Pineapple – We all know how good pineapple tastes in a cocktail, but many people are unaware of the full power of this unsuspecting tropical fruit. Also known as bromelain, pineapple enzymes are extracted from the stem and fruit. When used in skincare, the enzymes fight inflammation, redness, and swelling, in addition to exfoliating the complexion. The high vitamin C and bromelain content of pineapple juice make it an effective acne treatment to boot! Who knew the fountain of youth was so scrumptious?

Found in:
  Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Body Spa Body Exfoliating Scrub, O2 Lift enzymatic facial peel, I-Peel Ormedic lift™ Solution

Passionfruit –For a serious boost of antioxidants, passionfruit enzymes are the perfect option. They contain compounds piceatannol and scirpusin B that help prevent the skin from free radicals and repair itself from UV damage. The passionfruit enzyme is also known to promote elasticity for firmer skin, which gives any ingredient major bonus points in our book.

Found in: I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

To incorporate these awesome enzymes into your routine, check out the variety of Image Skincare products featuring the power of enzymes. Whether you want to firm and exfoliate the skin with our Cell.U.Life Body Crème, brighten your complexion with our Hydrating Enzyme Masque, or receive an in-salon I Peel Ormedic Lift, Image has an enzyme-featured product for every skin type and concern (as well as taste in fruit!). Now, who else is craving a smoothie?

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Winner of Professional Choice Awards

Image Skincare Australia is the proud recipient of the following American Spa 2014 Professional Choice Awards:

  • Favourite Anti-Cellulite Line
  • Favourite Lightening Line

We were also finalists in these categories:

  • Best Product Education
  • Favourite Skincare Line
  • Favourite Suncare Line
  • Favourite Anti-aging Line
  • Favourite Sensitive Skin Line

American Spa Professional Award

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Adult Acne- How to treat it and beat it!

One in 5 women between the ages of 25 and 40 suffer from adult acne, affecting more women than men.

We often associate acne with the pubescent days, but hormones, genetics, and daily stressors often trigger acne in adulthood as well, sometimes even for those who never dealt with it when they were young. And while teen skin may heal relatively quickly once the acne passes, adults who struggle with acne should take extra care in treating their complexion properly to avoid scarring later on.

That is why it is so important to carefully consider what ingredients you use to treat the acne, especially on the face.

Benzoyl peroxide is widely known for its bacteria killing function, and salicylic acid for exfoliating blocked pores while also calming redness. But if you want to opt for a natural way to treat the acne, tea tree oils can be very effective.Clear Cell medicated acne lotion

For even better results, make sure the range you choose includes Glycolic Acid (an AHA exfoliator) and Oligopeptide-10 (an anti-microbial), as these ingredients work wonders in sloughing away dead skin cells and reducing lesion count. Other important ingredients to incorporate are classic Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint Leaf, and Horse Chestnut to sooth red skin, as well as the antiseptic Witch Hazel.

And while choosing the right ingredients will play a big role in smoothing the way, women with adult acne need to also rethink the make-up products they’re using and it may also be affecting their skin.

Many people believe that pimple-ridden skin needs to breathe and make-up will only exacerbate the problem. This is only half true. Not all make-up is the enemy- it’s important to advise your clients to use a pure mineral makeup that is non-comedogenic, which means it allows the skin to breathe.

In fact, simply changing to a mineral based make-up is all that is needed to solve the problem for some people as it doesn’t aggravate acne or clogged pores so it is worth suggesting this to them during their first consultation.

After a few weeks of using these promising ingredients/products and making sure they follow a diligent skincare routine, thanks to you their adult acne, like teen acne, will be a thing of the past!

Click here to read more about Image Skincare’s Clear Cell line, designed specifically to help fight adult acne.

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