What Does An Enzyme Mask Do?

What does an enzyme mask do

You may be someone who tends to keep it simple when it comes to a beauty routine. You use a cleanser, moisturizer, and a minimal amount of makeup.

Conversely, perhaps you keep company with the skincare crowd, or are a beauty expert yourself, and happen to know of a certain miracle cream for under eye bags. If that's the case, then you've no doubt heard of an enzyme peel.

Whether you're already fully aware of the benefits of enzyme peels or just now encountering them, it's good to understand how enzymes work. They can truly be a boost to any beauty ritual, and help bring about a clearer, brighter complexion.

When you notice the texture of your skin becoming slightly rough or just looking dull, it's often the fault of dead skin cells collecting on the surface. While the skin renewal or turnover cycle is normal and natural, it sometimes requires a little nudge when it comes to sloughing off some of that dead skin.

Like its cousin, the chemical peel, an enzyme peel will also exfoliate the skin and leave behind a layer of more soft, youthful-looking skin. Enzyme peels tend to be more gentle than chemical peels, so they may be more suitable for sensitive skin, or those who don't want their skin to noticeably peel.

Since a chemical peel may sound off-putting to some people, enzyme peels can be a great place to start. The fruit enzymes in an enzyme peel function in a similar way to the chemicals in chemical peels, but aren't as harsh or aggressive. There's no downtime or peeling that requires extra work or care.

There's a wide variety of fruit-based exfoliating options out there. You'll find everything from a pumpkin enzyme peel to a papaya-pineapple facial treatment. Enzyme peels and masks are like a tropical party for your face.

An enzyme peel can contain enzymes from pineapple papaya pumpkin or other fruit

Before we discuss all the benefits an enzyme peel can bring about, let's first look at the layers of the skin, their unique functions, and the skin renewal process in order to understand why it's important to exfoliate.

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The layers of our skin

In case you can't remember the lessons you learned way back when in that health or anatomy class, the skin has three layers. The uppermost layer of our skin is called the epidermis, which protects our body with a waterproof barrier. The stratum corneum is the outer layer of the epidermis, and consists of squamous cells that are continually shed.

Underneath the epidermis is the dermis, which contains connective tissue, sweat glands, and hair follicles. Below that is the hypodermis, consisting of fat and more connective tissue.

The shedding of the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the epidermis is important for overall skin health, and keeps dull skin at bay. When we're younger, our skin goes through this cycle every two to three weeks, but as we age the process slows down. The cycle takes more like a month or so.

If you want to get glowing skin, decrease the prominence of pores, and even reduce fine lines and wrinkles, you can gently exfoliate your skin to slough off the dead cells sitting atop your epidermis.

When you get rid of the dirt, debris, and dead skin, you do yourself and your skin a solid.

Defeating dead skin cells with enzyme peels

So how exactly do fruit enzymes assist with exfoliation?

Skincare products generally source the enzymes from fruits and vegetables. That's why you can get a pumpkin enzyme peel even when it's not pumpkin spice latte season.

Whether it's an enzyme peel, enzyme mask, or other enzyme treatment, the natural ingredients get to work in the same way. The enzymes in pineapple, papaya, and other fruits are called proteolytic enzymes and their purpose in these recipes is to break down proteins.

In the uppermost layer of our skin, the keratin protein bonds dead skin cells together. Fruit enzymes break down the keratin, so the dead skin can slough off more readily to reveal a fresher layer of skin. With the skin's surface virtually free of dead skin and dirt, it will have a smoother texture and a healthy glow.

An enzyme peel can even out skin tone and bring about an overall brightness. The dead cell debris is no longer clogging up pores and causing acne breakouts, which is another one of the beneficial side effects of an enzyme peel or face mask.

Enzymes can be part of a healthy face and body care routine two to three days a week, though if you have sensitive skin, you may want to introduce it once a week to begin with. Then you can incorporate enzymes up to three times a week when you want the skin benefits that only a non-abrasive enzyme peel can produce.

The difference between an enzyme peel and a chemical peel

If enzyme peels and chemical peels both exfoliate the skin, how are they different, and how do you know which one to use on your skin?

Well, that depends, and the answer might be both. Fruit enzymes aren’t necessarily better than acids. However, certain skin types and skin issues respond better to enzymes than their chemical counterpart.

Enzymes provide a more gentle exfoliation experience. The acids used in chemical peels are more aggressive and can treat skin concerns deeper in the skin. Because they are more potent, this increases the chance of potential skin irritation.

There are basically two types of acids used in chemical peels, namely Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). 

Lactic and glycolic acids are examples of AHAs, which can be naturally occurring or synthetic. These minuscule water-soluble molecules easily penetrate the skin and exfoliate multiple layers.

In addition to its exfoliating abilities, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid like glycolic acid can stimulate fibroblasts in the dermal layer of skin, which increases collagen production. Because collagen and elastin make up the structural matrix that lends support to the skin, more collagen means more elasticity and fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Increasing collagen production can help reduce wrinkles

Beta Hydroxy Acids, such as salicylic acid, are oil-soluble and tend to be less irritating than AHAs. Salicylic acid is good for oiler skin types that are acne-prone since they dissolve the mixture of dead cells and sebum in the skin.

A lot of people see immediate results with enzyme peels, and notice their skin looking more radiant right away.

More than one treatment may be needed to see the desired results of a chemical peel. There are also side effects that can be particularly unpleasant for those with sensitive skin, so you may want to discuss options with a doctor or dermatologist before you proceed down that path.

A chemical peel can break down oils and other skin congestion more thoroughly, whereas an enzyme peel will exfoliate the skin without stripping natural oils. An enzyme peel or mask doesn't require any downtime, which is not the case with many chemical peels.

Glycolic acid and other potent chemicals used for exfoliation can make skin more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) rays. An enzyme facial mask is especially suitable for the summertime when you shouldn't get harsh chemical peels that make you more susceptible to the sun.

The biggest difference between a peel with enzymes and a peel with more potent chemicals has to do with the effects on sensitive skin.

Enzyme peels are a great option for women or men whose skin doesn't do well with acids. Enzymes gently exfoliate to reveal new skin, without disrupting the pH of skin, so they're a pretty safe bet when it comes to beauty.

Here's a video from dermatologist Dr. Davin Lim that provides additional information about the benefits of exfoliation. He also discusses the difference between chemical and physical exfoliants.

An enzyme mask that'll make your day

All of JUARA's products are inspired by the Indonesian beauty and wellness tradition of Jamu.

A Jamu lifestyle recognizes the importance of feeling good on the inside, but also radiating that confidence and warmth in what we share with the outside world. Taking the time to give yourself a beauty treat is part of a continual feedback loop of love - both for yourself and those around you.

When you look and feel nourished from the outside in and inside out, you often feel energized to share more of your wonderful self with the world. It's an "all of the above" approach to inner and outer beauty.

It was in that spirit that the team at JUARA formulated the Radiance Enzyme Scrub and Enzyme Mask. It's the perfect product to give your skin a fresh start. It's truly a recipe for smooth, soft, and radiant skin.

As mentioned above, there are natural ingredients with exfoliating abilities like papaya, pineapple, as well as many other fruits. In this enzyme face mask, it's the apple that exfoliates, along with bamboo and jojoba beads that buff the skin smooth.

The gentle exfoliation will reveal new baby-soft skin and your complexion will glow.

However, exfoliation is only part of the story. This mask offers more than your average enzyme peel. It cleanses pores, polishes the skin, and brightens your skin tone.

There are multiple reasons why this product represents superior and more radiant skincare. When you shop JUARA for your skincare needs you know that you will always find a whole host of nourishing botanicals. This gentle exfoliating scrub and mask is no different.

The Radiance Enzyme Scrub and Enzyme Mask contains nutrient-rich candlenut oil, as well as ginger, cinnamon, and clove flower. All of the ingredients work together to brighten and beautify skin.

Cinnamon has been shown to support collagen synthesis, which is important since collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin. It also has antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals and early signs of aging.

This scrub not only contains enzymes but free radical fighting ingredients

If you're looking for something that exfoliates the skin on your face or body, be sure to check out customer reviews. You can learn a lot about a product from those who have tested it out for themselves.

Before you shop, stop and read the words of the women and men who rave about the anti-aging effects of JUARA's Radiance Enzyme Scrub and Enzyme Mask. People love the healthy glow they get, how it exfoliates without being overly harsh, and what it does for their overall complexion.

This product is free of harsh chemicals, and the natural enzymes work wonders for all skin types.

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Other awesome options for sensitive or acne-prone skin

While enzyme peels are awesome and work with a variety of skin types, sometimes certain skin issues respond to other approaches or ingredients.

JUARA's Rose and Willowbark Purifying Mask contains salicin - the natural form of salicylic acid, which has a similar exfoliating effect to an enzyme peel in that it removes dead skin from the surface and prevents pores from clogging.

This purifying mask is derived from white willow bark, rose water, and red sandalwood. As with many of the ingredients in JUARA's skincare products, willow bark has been used for ages to soothe the skin. It possesses both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which fuel its pore-clearing and acne-fighting power.

JUARA's Rose and Willowbark Purifying Mask is a gentle, natural treatment that helps clear skin. In addition, the kaolin clay helps to refine the skin's texture, while the rice protein softens and further soothes skin.

It's great to have in your arsenal when you want those blemishes to be gone, as it helps keep your skin naturally balanced and beautiful. You can use it as a spot treatment or to clarify your whole face. The Oil-free formula is also free from added fragrances, which is often a plus for sensitive skin.

And while we're on the topic of enzyme peels, masks, and other products that gently work to improve complexion and smooth out skin, here's another one for you.

JUARA's Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask brightens and clarifies a stressed-out complexion. It transforms a dull surface into dewy and radiant skin, just as it promises.

Turmeric contains antioxidants that fight free radicals. This helps to decrease signs of early aging such as photo damage from sun exposure. The impressive formula for this non-drying face mask purifies and nourishes as it gives you glowing skin.

Juara facial treatments leave skin smoother and more healthy

All of the masks mentioned - and in fact, all of JUARA's products - are free of phthalates and sulfates, free from artificial colorants, and guilt-free, since there's no animal testing involved.

If you haven't yet tried an enzyme mask, see for yourself what it's all about. Do away with the dull and give yourself that youthful glow, no matter your age.

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Juara Skincare incorporates ancient rituals with western skincare science creating the ultimate beauty experience. We aim to transport you from the mundane to the extraordinary with our exotic ingredients, intoxicating scents, and powerful, skin-improving formulas. All of our featured products, including our eye mask that contains turmeric for greater beautifying effects, are nutrient-rich, and botanically based. We are proud to be certified cruelty-free. Get the latest skin care tips and info on Juara products by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

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