Why Are Enzymes So Important?
05 Novembre 2014
Enzymes are described as a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. They are chemicals that work to speed up the rate of chemical reactions in biological processes.
Enzymes are chemicals that speed up the rate of chemical reactions without being consumed in the reaction themselves. They’re incredibly useful in biological processes because they can make a reaction that normally requires that dangerously-high temperatures occur at normal body temperatures. In the food industry, enzymes are used to help ripen fruits, tenderize meats and produce things like wine and cheese.
How Are Enzymes Used in Skincare?
Enzymes are used mainly in two processes: anti-inflammation and exfoliation. In exfoliation, enzymes are generally gentler than other scrubs or microdermabrasion procedures. The layers of skin you want to exfoliate (the upper layers) are made of dean skin cells, and the enzymes work to break down that skin protien, which results in smoother and younger-looking skin. Enzymes exfoliate and replenish without feeling like you’re exfoliating- a win-win. Since enzymes are gentle, they work well for all skin types, even sensitive skin.
Enzymes also work to protect skin against oxidative damage (sun, pollution, etc.) You’ll find them in sunscreens, moisturizers, peels and various treatments. Enzymes are said to work to brighten skin as well.