I am asked all the time, what are the BENEFITS of doing an “enzyme peel” facial. So, here goes. Enzymes come from natural sources like fruits to break down the top layer of skin and return a youthful glow and feel to your face, neck or anywhere you want to improve texture or appearance. Peels can loosen and remove dead skin cells, promote younger cells, diminish scars, stretch marks, age spots, fine lines and discoloration. Enzymes can also penetrate the skin to help cleanse pores and improve skin tone and texture. Natural enzyme peels are gaining in popularity because they are safe for all skin types, do not wound the skin. Different enzymes are used in facials for the different skin types and issues. Enzymes also are more gentle that a straight up chemical peel created in a lab. They are a GREAT way to start your intro to “peels” and work your way to stronger peels later down the line. Always ask your Esthetician what she thinks and really take her advice on the type of enzyme that would be most beneficial for you. Some enzymes like pumpkin or ginger contain a blend of salicylic acid vs. a lemon enzyme that may have lactic acid. So, how do you know which is right for you? ASK. I have listed a short guide below to certain enzymes and what they do. I hope this helps answer your questions and provides you with more education for the future.
Enzyme Peels offered at Castle Bridge Spa:
Lemon – Lactic, Kojic and Glycolic acids brighten and smooth the skin
Blueberry – Salicylic, glycolic acids brighten and minimize pores
Cherry – Lactic, Mandelic and Arbutin all lighten skin – great peel for sun damaged skin
Pumpkin – 15% pumpkin enzyme clears acne, refines pores, reduces oil production
Cranberry – 20% Salicylic peel refines and resurfaces skin, reduces oil, anti-bacterial – AGGRESSIVE –
Ginger – Salicylic acid gently sloughs off dead surface skin, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory