It’s summertime, and everyone wants their skin to have a great glow. If you’re looking for an easy and gentle way to bring your skin to the next level, enzyme peels might be just what you need. Safe, easy, natural, and effective, enzyme peels are an alternative to chemical peels that won’t leave your skin feeling irritated or overly stripped.
Want to learn more about why you should add enzyme peels to your skincare routine? Read on to hear why I’ve fallen in love with them, and to learn all of the ins and outs of enzyme peels. Trust me – by the time you’re finished reading, you’ll be ready to add this at-home beauty treatment to your routine immediately!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ENZYME PEELS
If you’re new to skincare, you probably don’t have the first idea what enzyme peels are, or why you would need to incorporate them into your beauty routine. Even if you’ve been experimenting with skincare for some time now, you might not have yet taken the step towards enzyme peels. Don’t worry – I’m here to walk you through exactly what they are.
Enzyme peels are a skincare treatment done to remove buildup and dead skin cells from your face to achieve a healthier, more glowing complexion. While chemical peels are a popular way of doing the same thing, enzyme peels are far gentler on your skin than chemical peels, as they utilize the enzymes of fruits such as papaya or pineapple as opposed to harsh chemicals. These enzymes help exfoliate your face, resulting in softer, smoother, more even skin.
The Benefits of Enzyme Peels
THEY LEAVE SKIN soft, smooth, and glowing
The whole point of an enzyme peel is to enhance and boost your overall complexion. By exfoliating your skin, an enzyme peel cleans and clears your pore, removes and reduces blackheads and blemishes, and gives your skin an overall brighter, smoother appearance. Think of it this way – by sloughing off dead skin cells and other buildup from your face, you’re giving your skin a fresh start.
THEY’RE MORE Natural
Unlike a chemical peel, which is filled with – obviously – harsh chemicals, enzyme peels are a natural alternative for those looking to use natural and plant-based skincare products. After all, remember: you’re using a product made from fruit enzymes! Because enzyme peels are natural, they also are a safe alternative for women who are pregnant, nursing, or have a weakened immune system and may not be able to use a chemical peel.
THEY’RE Gentle ON SKIN
Many treatments that aim to achieve the same results, such as a chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatments, are pretty tough on your skin. They can be abrasive and irritating, and often take several days to a week for skin to heal after treatment. Enzyme peels are gentle on your skin and don’t require the same amount of recovery time after treatment – while your skin might be a bit tender immediately after treatment, you should be able to jump back to normal almost immediately.
THEY INCREASE Collagen Production
When you exfoliate your skin, it increases your collagen production, which helps to improve the texture and softness of your skin. Better collagen production means a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and improved overall hydration for your skin – which means your complexion will be softer, plumper, and brighter.
Preparing Your Skin
It’s important to go into an enzyme peel with the cleanest possible skin so that you can thoroughly remove buildup and dead skin cells. If you can, try to refrain from wearing makeup for a few days prior to your enzyme peel. Additionally, you want to make sure that your skin is not irritated in any way, so tanning should be avoided, and if you have any cuts or wounds on your face, it is best to let them heal before doing an enzyme peel.
After the Peel
Unlike with harsher treatments such as chemical peels or laser treatments, there is very little to worry about after doing an enzyme peel. You might experience a bit of stinging, tingling, or redness, but it should be very mild and will not interfere with your daily life whatsoever. However, you do need to remember that, as with any exfoliation, you just removed a layer of skin, so you should expect your skin to be more sensitive in the days to follow. You should be mindful of the fact that your skin will be more sensitive to sun, so try to stay out of harsh rays, staying indoors when the UV is particularly high. And, like any other day, don’t forget the sunblock! It’s the best thing you can do to maintain the overall health and longevity of your skin. No sun damage allowed here!
As enzyme peels are gentler than other treatments, you may not see quite as drastic of results as you would with a chemical peel – though with proper care, you may reach those same results after a few consistent treatments. Enzyme peels are the slow and steady of exfoliation treatments – keep at them to see great results!
Should You Do It In-Home or Consult a Pro?
The great thing about enzyme peels is that they’re pretty risk-free. As they’re such a gentle facial exfoliating treatment, they are safe to do at home, and often far cheaper – having an enzyme treatment done by a professional can cost anywhere from $100-$200, whereas you can do one at home for under $20. If you’re nervous for your first peel, you can always have one done professionally first, and then do them regularly from home moving forward, but don’t be afraid to give it a try! Enzyme peels are a safe and easy option, and can deliver great results for your skin.