If you are a new visitor to Advanced Skin or you just aren't sure what exactly a peel is, then stick with me for this one, and I'll break down our three favourite enzyme peels that we work with.
Each peel has what I like to call a 'Backbone Complex'. Now, that is a combination of ingredients in which you will see is included in our essential enzymatic peels. The 'Backbone Complex' includes the desired grade enzyme, Peel Moist, Multifruit BSC, L-Lactic Acid and Jojoba Esters.
These ingredients provide the skin with an infusion of nutrients, as well as breaking down dead skin cells and the connections within our skin structures for optimal ingredient penetration and absorption. What is the point in paying good money for skin care, if the skin can't even be penetrated? Hmm? Now, let us break down that complex:
Peel Moist - is an ingredient that contains a unique protein-digesting enzyme called Papain. Derived from unripe Papaya fruit, Papain helps to degrade(breakdown) desmosomes, which are the small cellular connections between each cell in our skin, and body really.
Multifruit BSC - is a very concentrated and multifunctional blend of five botanical extracts: bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon. These extracts contain several natural AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids).
What are AHA's you might be thinking? Why are they so important?
Well, AHA's have been proven to increase the rate of cellular renewal and turnover. AHA's are mostly known in the dermal industry for their keratolytic ability, in other words, they are able to break down the connections between dead skin cells, for more natural and more efficient desquamation (shedding) of the skin. Why is desquamation important? It is what keeps your skin looking vibrant, fresh and glowy. A dull skin usually is a representation of dehydration and over-accumulation of dead skin cells on the epidermis.
L-Lactic Acid - is a derivative from fermented milk and is also an EXTREMELY powerful exfoliant. L-Lactic Acid is the chirally correct (exact molecular size for it to be accepted into the skin cell) and is proven to treat some of the most common skin concerns, ranging from fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring.
Alongside this, L-Lactic Acid enhances the texture of our skin by the stimulation of collagen formation within our skin cells.
Jojoba Esters - is a universal carrier, as it is the perfect affinity (compatibility) with the skin, therefore it is readily accepted and absorbed. Jojoba oil isn't actually oil - its actually wax esters - this is how it is compatible with the human skin, as we also have our natural oil - sebum which contains wax esters. Sebum acts as our natural moisturiser and barrier for the skin.
Now, Jojoba is FULL of nutrients, Vitamin E, B Vitamins and natural minerals Silicon, Chromium, Copper and Zinc. A unique aspect of Jojoba oil is that it contains significant amounts of iodine, which is why its ability to fight bacteria and fungi is so prominent. Jojoba oil should be your number one go to for sensitive skin, impaired acid mantle, irritation, eczema and psoriasis (proven studies at Ben Gurion University have proven reduced symptoms with jojoba oil application).
Now that you know the BASIC "backbone" of all our favourite enzymes leave me a little comment to let me know whether you want to know more!
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