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. Enzyme exfoliation is much gentler than using an abrasive exfoliant such as scrubs or microdermabrasion because it works to break down the dead skin cells on the upper layers of the skin rather than scrub them off. Other enzymes such as phosolipase and lipase work as an anti-inflammatory and assist in protecting the skin from sun, environmental and pollution oxidative damage.
Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask Review
This week I took the Aspect Gold Fruit Enzyme Mask for a road test and I must admit, I wish I had found this mask much sooner. From the moment you push down on the pump, the smell of fruit enzymes almost made my mouth water. The scent was weirdly nostalgic, reminding me of the smells of ‘red skin’ lollies and other fruity treats.
Before applying the mask, I double cleansed using the Aspect Purastat 5 cleanser and patted my face dry with a towel. I then pumped a pea size amount of the Fruit Enzyme Mask, and applied a thin layer of the mask all over my face. Like many of you I’m sure, I can be a serial over-user of product, and I found the pea size amount that is recommended didn’t seem to give me coverage all over my face, so two or three pea-sized drop should give you a nice thin even layer.
As mentioned earlier in this post, there are two types of enzymes that are commonly used in skincare. The Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask uses fruit extracts such as Acai Berry and Coffee Berry which work to gently exfoliate. The mask is also formulated with Aloe Vera (to calm and soothe), Green Tea (a powerful antioxidant) and Vitamin C (an anti-ageing power ingredient). This unique combination of active ingredients allows the mask to exfoliate whilst keeping skin hydrated.
After initially applying the mask, you’ll need to gently massage the mask into the skin and then leave for 10-15 minutes. You may notice that there is no discomfort and no tingling, and you might start to wonder – is this actually working? Well, it’s exactly what I was thinking!
When the time was up I used a damp cloth to remove the mask, but you can also wash off in the shower. Before I applied my evening Vitamin A serum I noticed that my skin looked more radiant, didn’t feel dry and was noticeably smoother. My skin usually feels a little dry after cleansing or applying exfoliating masks, so not feeling dry following this mask was surprising.
Since my review on the Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask I have permanently incorporated this into my weekly regimen. Find out more about Aspect’s exfoliating mask and shop online at Alive Skin & Hair.