What is an enzymatic exfoliator and why is it safer and more effective than using traditional exfoliation methods? To understand why, consider why we exfoliate in the first place: to boost skin cell turnover.
YOUTHFUL SKIN IS ALL ABOUT HEALTHY SKIN CELL TURNOVER
Why do we exfoliate? Because that’s how the skin works: through an ingenious system of regeneration. You have about 6 million skin cells on every square centimeter of your skin. And each of them has a copy of your DNA – a blueprint for making your naturally beautiful skin.
A big part of youthful skin is the natural life cycle of your skin cells. They only live about two to three weeks, and towards the end, they move to the outer layer of skin (stratum corneum) where they serve as part of your skin barrier before finally dropping off to make space for new cells.
Each skin cell makes copies of itself before going, constantly leaving younger and fresher new skin cells behind to keep up the work of maintaining your youthful skin. This is the process that we seek to stimulate through exfoliation. And it’s necessary because natural skin cell turnover – as you may have guessed – begins to slow down when we get older.
SUDDEN SLOWDOWN WITH AGE
As we get older, skin cell turnover decreases very quickly, by up to 30% or 40%. The result is that skin cells stay attached to the skin long past their “due date” for dropping off, so you start to see rougher, poor textured and generally less healthy skin with time.
Exfoliation seeks to restart this natural process. We’re told to exfoliate often, using a host of scrubs and products with exfoliating ingredients. But, if you’re not careful, exfoliating can do more damage than good – especially mechanical exfoliation, such as facial scrubs and products with textures meant to slough away dead skin cells.
Yes, removing dead skin cells is important, but it’s only half the story of skin cell turnover. The entire process requires even exfoliation and – very importantly – relies on maintaining a good skin barrier.
CATHEPSIN D: THE KEY TO HEALTHY EXFOLIATION
Science has discovered that an important enzyme our bodies produces, Cathepsin D, is vital for regulating skin cell turnover in the natural way. This inspired Lamelle Research Laboratories to develop a powerful enzyme exfoliator, Correctives Cathepzyme 1 & 2.
Unlike many other exfoliation systems, Cathepzyme, a serum that forms part of Lamelle’s Correctives, uses your bodies natural enzymatic exfoliation system: Cathepsin D. Cathepzyme contains a specially created form of Cathepsin D that works exactly the same way as your body’s own enzyme does in your skin. It gives smooth and even exfoliation in the top layers of skin, ensures new cell generation in the lower layers and boosts your skin barrier at the same time.
Here are 7 things you should know about the benefits of enzyme exfoliator Cathepzyme and Cathepsin D:
1 SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE THAN FACIALS SCRUBS AND EXFOLIATORS
It’s not that facial scrubs aren’t safe, they’re just a little rough. They scrape away skin cells and often do it unevenly. Plus: they harm your skin barrier, which is bad for skin health. And there’s also no guarantee that scrubs will stimulate new cell growth. Cathepzyme, on the other hand, does all of these things right because it uses Cathepsin D, your body’s own exfoliation regulator.
2 RETURNS SKIN CELL TURNOVER TO NORMAL
Enzyme exfoliator Cathepzyme ensures that your skin produces new skin cells – which is kind of the whole point of exfoliation. And the results are amazing. Cathepzyme is proven to reduce wrinkles by 50%, boost moisture by 39% and form skin by 35% with prolonged use.
3 IMPROVES SKIN SMOOTHNESS AND TEXTURE: MORE EVEN EXFOLIATION
Here’s an important one. If you exfoliate with a scrub, you can’t reach to exfoliate every part of your skin evenly. This results in uneven exfoliation, bad for your skin and skin barrier. But because Cathepzyme is an enzyme exfoliator, using Cathepsin D, the exfoliation happens on a microscopic enzymatic level, acting on fine proteins and structures of your skin. So it reaches everywhere, evenly, leading to more even exfoliation.
4 EXFOLIATES WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE SKIN BARRIER
One of the most important things about the Cathepsin D in Cathepzyme is that it’s also a vital skin barrier regulator in your body. So it naturally ensures your skin barrier stays healthy even while it exfoliates.
5 YOU DON’T NEED TO EXFOLIATE THAT OFTEN
One of the big problems with mechanical exfoliation is that people do it too often, which can cause problems. With Cathepzyme application easy and you only need to use it two or three times per week.
6 IT SAVES TIME
Because Cathepzyme is a serum, you can work it into your routine. After cleansing, just apply three pumps of the product to the area of skin you want to treat (skin, neck and decollete) and leave it on for three minutes before rinsing and applying moisturiser. No extra scrubbing steps needed.
7 YOU HAVE OPTIONS FOR CONTROLLING DOSAGE
Correctives Cathepzyme comes in two variants. Cathepzyme 1 is a milder, introductory version that’s made for sensitive skin that’s not been introduced to an enzyme exfoliator yet. Cathepzyme 2 is more concentrated and can even be used to improve Keratosis Pilaris.
SKIN BENEFITS OF CORRECTIVES CATHEPZYME
- Increases skin cell turnover to normal rates the natural way
- Improves the smoothness and texture of skin due to even exfoliation
- Softening of lines and wrinkles
- Exfoliates without disrupting the skin barrier
- Shows a 50% improvement in Corneum Shedding
- Improves moisture levels by 39% with continued use
- Results in 35% firmer skin over a period of time
Cathepzyme is so effective in exfoliation that it’s often used by medical professionals to prep the skin before treatments such as skin peels. It’s especially effective in treating skin ageing concerns and can also help manage pimples and breakouts in the skin.
Speak to your dermatologist or skincare therapist about employing the amazing enzymatic exfoliation of Lamelle Correctives Cathepzyme today.
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