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An enzyme is a substance which acts as a catalyst to create a specific biochemical reaction. In regards to skincare, enzymes can help produce chemical changes, including breaking down the skin’s keratin proteins, and clearing away dead cells to reveal soft, glowy skin (much like chemical exfoliants). They are also helpful with anti-inflammation, breaking down foreign proteins in the blood that cause it.

What Do Enzymes Do?

We obtain natural digestive enzymes that benefit multiple parts of the body by consuming raw foods that contain them (i.e. pineapples, blueberries, papaya) and using topical products that incorporate these foods.

Bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapples is great for exfoliating skin and ridding it of dead cells. It can also help to unclog pores and reduce irritation. Papain, which is found in papaya, is not only a great source of vitamins B, C, and carotenoids (all of which contribute to healthy, glowing skin), it is also a great exfoliant.

When used properly, enzymes can play a major role in changing the texture and composition of your skin. Uneven skin texture can be the result of excess dead skin cells built up over time and enzymes are the perfect remedy because they gently slough away that build-up without damaging skin in the process.

Products That Use Enzymes

Pumpkins are packed with fruit enzymes that allow it to treat various issues including enhancing cell turnover, brightening dark spots, and smoothing uneven skin texture. Its levels of vitamin A and C help boost collagen production. One of my go to products is Protective Nourishment Pumpkin Peel which works as both a terrific spot treatment and a mask.

Other great products that utilize the benefits of enzymes include:

MBR Enzyme Cleansing Booster

A combination of gentle and deep-pore-cleansing components, this cleansing booster revitalizes, radiates, and purifies for an even complexion once mixed with lukewarm water. Continuous use will also show refinement of skin’s structure, including a more-balanced hydration.

Tatcha Enzyme Cleansing Powder

This creamy, water-activated 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliant effortlessly releases debris from skin, leaving it polished and baby soft.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence

Active Treatment Essence is a deeply​ hydrating formula that delivers radiance and renewal to all skin. At the heart of this essential hydration step is Vintner’s Daughter®’s proprietary 3-week long Phyto Radiance Infusion, which is then amplified by their Phyto Ferment , a two-week fermentation process that produces beneficial probiotics and increases nutrient absorption.