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?