The Multiple Functions of Enzymes
The hero ingredient sought out by skin care advocates worldwide can transform lackluster skin into a smooth, radiant complexion. Enzymes work by dissolving the ‘glue’ between dead skin cells and encouraging exfoliation. Enzymes are used in several clinical products; one of our favorites is the Warming Honey Cleanser, which combines 40% raw honey with papaya enzymes to smooth and hydrate. While enzymes are well known in aesthetics as masters of gentle exfoliation, there are many other tasks that enzymes perform in the human body. Enzyme functions are instrumental for all living things. Without them, human bodies, plants, bacteria, and other living organisms could not function properly. Let's dive deep into the world of enzymes to discover why they’re so popular.
Enzymes promote the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Think of this as the battery of the cell, the main form of cellular energy.
The governing of communications between each part of a cell, the cells within an organ, and the transmission of messages to other body systems.
Excesssebum production occurs in acne and is related to the testosterone spikes of puberty. The 5-alpha reductase enzyme reacts with testosterone to produce a more potent androgen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT).DHT then causes sebaceous glands to over-produce thick, waxy sebum, leading to oiliness and congestion.
Pro Tip: Niacinamide and Green aremild5-alpha reductase inhibitors. You’ll find these in our resurfacing mask in our professional Fire and Ice treatment!
Enzyme families, including glutathione, are proven to act as detoxifiers and cellular protectors. These busy enzymes allow for protection andre-pair of DNA. They detoxify molecules that would otherwise cause extensive free radical damage and contribute to aging and DNA mutations.
Enzymes play a vital role in skin health and multiple functions of the body. Want to try out the powers of enzymes yourself? Use our Warming Honey Cleanser as a weekly treatment mask!