Malaysia’s largest newspaper wrote not long ago about the beneficial effects that plant enzymes have on keeping skin healthy and beautiful. They mentioned that plant enzymes work as a tool to maintain radiant skin, as well as repair adverse skin conditions such blemishes, spots, discolorations and excessive sebum production.
The article confirms why we are using plant enzymes in our products since 2009. We also write about it for several years.
How does papaya work in skincare?
As we age, the glue that binds dead cells to our skin hardens and that make it more difficult for us to get rid of dead skin. Regular skin exfoliation is essential in order to remove dead skin cells allowing the skin to produce new, healthy cells.
Since 2009, we are using various types of plant enzymes mixed with coconut water extract in all Paul Penders skin and body care products because plant enzymes are considered great super cleansers for skin. Plant enzymes’ effects are beyond the effect of a cleanser, as enzymes are gently proteolytic exfoliants that expel the dead cells from the skin.
They also help in regulating the sebaceous flow, following the needs of your skin. Plant enzymes help creating an extraordinary smooth skin and a refreshed, clear and youthful complexion
When your scalp is too dry, too oily or plagued with dandruff, healthy looking hair won’t happen unless you incorporate scalp care into your hair regime. Over the years, Paul Penders has developed a great hair and scalp treatment which delivers beautiful, healthy hair. The important first step is to cleanse the scalp thoroughly. Powerful rainforest herbs from Malaysia slowly saturate and purify the scalp while loosening dandruff. For the healthiest hair, the process is as follow:
- Apply Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment.
Gently massage until scalp feels warm. Leave in for 10 minutes (60 max) and cover hair with a plastic shower cap or wrap in a towel or cloth for best results.
- Shampoo clean with our Time Release Jasmine Shampoo
After scalp cleansing, wash thoroughly with our scented Jasmine Shampoo to ensure a healthy foundation for beautiful hair.
- Deep condition with our Herbal Lemon Conditioner
After shampooing, while hair is still wet, apply Herbal Lemon Conditioner, especially designed to correct dry and brittle ends without weighing down hair. Adds moisture as well to hair.
- Apply Intensive Hair Repair Therapy
Restore balance and life to dry, damaged and chemically treated hair with regular Intensive Hair Repair Therapy treatments. Leaves hair full of vitality and shine, without weighing it down. Also targets split ends. For beautiful shiny hair.
- Finish with Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner
Beautiful hair starts with a healthy scalp. A scalp and hair solution designed to ensure circulation and balance sebum production. Calms scalp. Restores luster and shine. To use Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner, apply sparingly directly onto the scalp.
- To tame frizzy hair, use Leave-In Defrizzing Balm
Protect, moisturize and tame frizzy, dry hair with our Defrizzing Balm made from herbal essential oils providing vitamins and minerals. Leave in for the healthiest, most manageable hair.
Compare a happy R&D of a small natural cosmetics company with a happy gathering of local youngsters. The R&D play in our labs and local children play on our land and all of them enjoy astonishing sea views. One party is protected from the hot sun under a roof; the other uses the shadow of a palm tree. Yet all feel happy but under a different circumstance. What is this story about?
More than ever in the history of our planet, we must become responsible in life in whatever we do. Whether we are young or old. Whether we live in a cold climate or in a tropical Malaysia. When all are not becoming more responsible we stand to lose a beautiful world what we still can call paradise. But the question arises… for how long can we still call mother earth a paradise?
Results of bad habits that help to destroy our world.
At Paul Penders Home Office we live by simple community rules that help to keeping all of us happy. That is simply in looking after ourselves in terms of cleaning up after ourselves; it’s that simple while it creates a difference when the same rule is applied to all who share this planet. Simple things make for positive changes when we cooperate, even starting with enjoying a cup of tea and clean up our own cup! Enjoy a cup of tea but do not leave your cup for the next person to clean it, or do you?
Are you one where mother never taught to clean up after yourself? Rather put your empty cup in the sink for someone else to clean? Because you are “too busy”? or too important? or… just too darn lazy? In our case at Paul Penders, such little thing make a community feel unhappy and being unappreciated. It spoils the feel of peace when all were to do the same.
Now let’s look to something bigger but what applies to the same golden rule of cleaning up after yourself? How about an empty water bottle or a plastic bag that we so careless throw away? See what the result is from your empty water bottle or plastic bag? The picture below is just a multiplication of an entire lazy same like you people and it has become a mountain waste that could have been avoided just by taking a little bit care, and it saves our planet. Thus to clean up the world starts with education, right?
Therefore, these great youngsters who enjoy the beautiful scenery of the sea and enjoy using our fresh natural seawater swimming pool understand and no longer leave plastic bags at a well maintained property. We and even they have been part of beach cleaning parties for few years. Yesterday Eva and her crew went out together with local youngsters, also as part of education and that beauty and happiness can also be created by preservation and using our mind.
Therefore small habits create a better world for all.
To make it a better world starts with the one that does not wash her/his used cup of tea. Its all about the right mentality and we need to educate those who don’t know. Of course we cannot be responsible for others. And at this precious, beautiful part in the world called Langkawi UNESCO Geopark Rainforest Island, a one hour flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, some of us kindly help to protect what must be protected for the future of all of us.
LevensESSENTIE Gold ® is the beauty secret to every Paul Penders product. It’s a concentrated extract of 22 certified organic herbs, of which was the start was pioneered by Paul’s grandmother some 100 years ago in Holland.
The today’s version of this unique, concentrated, organic herbal extract is made from a mixture of eastern and western herbs from USA, China, Europe and Malaysia. LevensESSENTIE Gold ® has been proven to provide a healthy complexion.
Its extraordinary anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamins A, B, C & E, enzymes and phyto-tocotrienols counteract the early signs of aging and sustain a healthy skin.
Pegaga is a characteristic rainforest herb with anti-bacterial and healing properties.
Pegaga is native to Langkawi Geopark and an essential part of the LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract that is used in all Paul Penders products. Pegaga is known as ‘miracle hero’ of the rainforest because it helps to heal the body in many wondrous ways.
It is a traditional medicine used to alleviate fatigue and depression, but also known as a ‘beauty herb’ because it clarifies skin for greater radiance and glorious fresh looks.
Pegaga has been used since ancient times, especially in the ayurvedic medical system of India and in Chinese traditional medicine. Pegaga is even recommended by the World Health Organization as one of most important medical plant species to be conserved and cultivated.
Coconut water has been used for medicinal and cosmetic properties in Southeast Asia for thousands of years because it is rich in lipids, lauric acid and glucids as well as vitamins, nutrients and minerals. For generations, Asian women have used fresh coconut water to cleanse the face, and coconut fruit in moisturizers that keep the face and body young. Coconut water regenerates, revitalizes, moisturizes and softens the skin. All Paul Penders products (excluding lipsticks and powder products) include coconut water.
Loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, enzymes are catalysts for cell renewal. By capturing free-radicals and thus preventing damage caused by pollution, bacteria and sun, enzymes are capable of effecting changes such as wrinkle reduction and a healthier glow. Together with liposomes, the enzymes in Paul Penders skincare products can open blocked skin pores to prevent whiteheads and blackheads; hydrolyze oils for smoother skin finish and remove dead skin cells.
Enzymes create finer skin texture and reduce pore size when used over time. Papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain) enzymes are strongly beneficial to beautiful and a fresher looking skin.
Paul Penders cosmetics stop the decline of natural ceramide levels of our skin by using a liposome-based delivery system. A decline in the skin’s natural ceramide levels, over time, results in the familiar signs of aging, however skincare products with added ceramides increase the skin’s total moisture content.
Utilizing a liposome-based delivery system, ceramides and other anti-aging ingredients can readily target skin locations most in need of protection.
No Heat during Processing
The effectiveness of our skincare products, containing many fragile bio-active ingredients, would be minimized, or even destroyed, with the typical hot manufacturing process. Paul Penders uses a cold blending technology where products made in small batches are not heated above 35°C.
Paul Penders herbal skincare containing LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract with added ceramides, liposomes and coconut water, as well as various vitamins offer effective and powerful results. The “cold-blended” manufacturing system ensures that all bio-active ingredients remain at full strength making our products most effective as possible.
There is a pebble beach not far from where I live. A tranquil hideaway shielded by a strip of dense jungle trees. Quiet and deserted. Vibrating with this grounding energy. A place where the time seems to stand still, slowing down the racing mind, making room for contemplation…
Apart from a shy family of monkeys, and an old fisherman whose eyes never seem to detach from the shimmering fishing lure, there is not a soul in sight. And so I keep coming back. To savor the serene beauty. To find myself.
Every now and then I bring my diary. Searching in the even flow of the blue ink for the right words to capture the story of my life. Occasionally, I spend the afternoon collecting stones. Walking along the shore, with my eyes focused on the ground in a state of meditation, looking for smooth oblong pebbles in ochre and reddish hues.
And sometimes I just come to sit still and let the sacred place speak to me. It has so many stories to tell. Always choosing to whisper the one my soul craves.
When things get tough, and nothing seems to fall into place, I find peace in the rhythm of the ocean. In the certitude that after a low tide the sea will return. Abundant and nurturing…
When there are hurdles on my path, and I struggle to find my way, I like to watch this tiny stream that seems to disappear when reaching a barrier of rocks. Just to scatter into fine, barely visible silver threads that cut through the tiny rifts and cracks between the stones to reunite on the other side.
Recently, I came to look for answers after a rather emotional conversation I had with a couple of friends. It began innocently. With us watching the sunset, enjoying a glass of a good chardonnay, and talking about God and the world. Until one of them mentioned that he is about to embark on a journey to this remote uncharted place. Going away with an equally clueless companion he met a week ago. Without a map or a compass.
Everybody seemed so excited about the upcoming adventure. Clinking glasses, clapping him on the shoulder. Everybody but me… As much as I wanted to celebrate his daring spirit, all I could think about were the pitfalls, the huge risk. So instead of faking a smile, and joining the group in their affirmative canticle, I spoke my mind. Trying to persuade him to postpone his trip, look into the details prior to taking the step in the unknown.
But in the thrill of the moment, the voice of reason was the last thing anybody wanted to hear. And so I found myself alienated. Struggling to wrap my head around his eccentric idea, confused to be the only one who seems to see things clearly, obsessed with this ridiculous need to find a way to get my point across. Once on my own again, I tried to figure out what happened. Where did all these strong emotions come from? Having known each other only for a few months, we are not as close as that I would feel responsible for his choices or happiness. So why did I get so involved?!
Sitting on my pebble beach, I let the memory of this strange evening unfolds, and slowly I begin to understand. It is not easy to embrace an idea that contradicts everything one believes in. Living in a world ruled by opinions, with black and white thinking being the norm, it often seems as if we had to choose. As if one thought could not co-exist with another. We feel threatened by views that challenge our own principles. And we are afraid that by validating the beliefs of others we betray the values we live by. But do we really have to choose?
Lost in thoughts, I play with my talisman – a beautiful pebble I picked up when I first came to this sacred place. I like the feel of the smooth surface underneath my fingers. The round shape that fits so well into my palm. The filigree pinkish pattern turning the stone into a tiny piece of art.
And yet I am also touched by the snow-white baby pebble I found earlier today. And while I would not necessarily choose the dark rock with the rough edges in front of me, I do admire its strength, the determination with which it stubbornly resists the waves, and their unremitting attempts to smooth its coarse surface. It is the puzzle of various sizes, shapes and colors that makes my pebble beach beautiful. And life is no different! There is no need to appraise, judge or pick sides. Our own beliefs do not have to be validated by others to hold true. And daring to embrace diversity is a truly liberating experience…
By Kamila Delart.