If you’re like me, you would have noticed that ‘enzymes’ seem to be the flavour of the month for both clinic treatments and skincare products. With some enzyme based products reading more like a food label, it is difficult to separate the wood from the trees and work out if these enzyme skincare products actually do work. But, before you read on you should know that enzymes in skincare are NOT a fad, I repeat, this is not fad!
So what are enzymes anyway?
As Shannon from self.com puts it, enzymes are the chemicals that hurry up the rate at which other chemical reactions occur. These enzymes are incredibly useful in biological processes, and are also used in the food industry to speed up the ripening and tenderising process.
How do enzymes work in skincare?
Enzymes have two main functions when used in skincare formulations. Some enzymes such as fruit enzymes work to gently exfoliate the skin. Enzym