Plant Enzymes For Healthy Skin

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

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Beauty Tip: Use Lemons To Lighten And Brighten Skin And Hair!

The Beauty of Lemons…
We all know that eating fruit brings lots of benefits for the body. But — how often have you thought about their benefits for the skin and hair? One such beneficial fruit is the lemon — rich in vitamins C and B6, iron and calcium. Lemons are among the best natural substances to help control skin problems like acne scars, dark spots and sunburn.
Lemon juice is a rich source of citric acid, containing about 1.44 grams of the acid per ounce.  Biochemists consider it a weak organic acid – one of the alpha hydroxys (AHA) so popular in commercial skin products today.

Mix lemon juice with water or into your favourite cleanser or scrub to remove dead skin cells and reduce blemishes. Be aware that it has a drying effect, so it’s best to dilute lemon juice or you may feel it sting and burn.
Lemon juice is also used as a skin lightener.
To brighten up your skin, rub half a lemon on any dark areas like elbows, backs of hands, and knees. Repeat every day until you notice an improvement in pigmentation.

Be careful on your face because lemon is both astringent and known to increase photosensitivity – you could end up darker than before! Just remember to follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen for increased protection. Because it is so drying, lemon treatments should be limited, maybe 2-3 times per week at the most.
Lemons lighten and clean…
Wise women have known for centuries that you can highlight your hair with a lemon juice or vinegar rinse after shampooing. Rinse with 1 part lemon to 3 parts water, then go out in the sun. Soon you’ll see a difference!
For those with oily skin, clogged pores or blackheads, lemon juice can be a treat for your skin. Squeeze a lemon, then soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the juice and apply by lightly rubbing in circles. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse off. You can even make up a batch of these and store them in the freezer to use once a day.
Because of its exfoliating and astringent properties, an overnight lemon juice treatment on problem areas can help you achieve beautiful, smooth skin by morning. Lemon juice or ‘zest’ you make from the peel can be mixed into most commercial skin lotions and cleansers.
Make your own lemon mask: whip up an egg white and squeeze lemon juice into it – or just mix some lemon into a commercial mayonnaise — for an instant facial or hair treatment. Mix lemon and honey for their antibacterial and moisturizing effects and a lovely lingering perfume.
To exfoliate really fast, simply apply lemon juice on clean skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
And of course, you can drink lemonade or a mojito, squeeze lemon juice on almost anything for flavor – and use lemons to clean clothes, countertops, windows… Lemons have almost endless uses.
Try a lemon at home today!
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Pimple . . . . Go Away!!!

Waking up early in the morning, brushing your teeth, washing your face with your favorite facial wash and then on the mirror, a PIMPLE!!! In the situation like this, we will start looking for foundation or cover-up stick to conceal the pimple before we go out from the house. Then for the rest of the day, we will be worrying whether people notice the pimple on our face or not.

A pimple is an inflammation of the skin where the oil glands are being infected with bacteria. Besides that, the increase in the sex hormone testosterone also associated to pimple. Normally the pimples will appear around our face, back, chest and shoulders.

There are a few factors that causes pimple.

  • Excessive sweating or being in a humid climate can cause the pimple to burst up.
  • Pimple can become worse just before menstruation, due to the changes in the hormone levels.
  • Stress also will cause pimple to burst up.

It is important to know that everyone’s skin is different and the reason they get pimples also different. Therefore it is important for us to know the reason, in order for us to find the right way to cure the pimple or else we will worsen the pimple.

There are a few ways to prevent pimple.

  • Drinking lots of water helps to prevent skin problems.
  • healthy diet can improve the overall condition of your skin.
  • Always keep your skin clean by washing your face twice a day with the suitable facial cleansing wash with the purpose of removing the dirt and oil from the pores.

  • Do not try to prick the pimple as this can leave permanent marks on the face.
  • Choose the right moisturizer and the extra care products for your skin.

In Paul Penders, with the combination of Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash, Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner, Juniper & Yarrow 24/hr Moisturizer and also Rescue Blemish Away help to reduce the blemishes.

Alpinia & Teatree Cleansing Wash
For combination to oily skin

This light foaming facial cleanser with deep cleansing properties of alpinia and teatree effectively removes surface dirt and impurities, and helps reduce blemishes.

Chamomile & Moringa Skin Toner
For all skin types

This alcohol-free toner is especially formulated to restore natural moisture balance, as well as to soothe and clarify all skin types.

Juniper & Yarrow 24hrs Moisturizer
For combination to oily skin

This fast-absorbing gel moisturizer is especially designed for combination to oily skin. Contain natural vitamins to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient. Can be use in the morning and evening.

Rescue Blemish Away
Clears & Purifies

Always keep this ‘emergency treatment’ at hand to quickly dry out and clear blemishes. Simply dot – on affected areas at bedtime and by morning wake up to clear, radiant skin. Corrects breakouts and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

To Scrub Or Not To Scrub?

Paul Penders - Applying exfoliator (Source: most people understand the importance of cleansing, hydration and sunscreen, they often overlook exfoliation in their skin care regimen. Exfoliation can bring a fresh, youthful look to your skin and will help prevent blemishes. The key is to perform the exfoliation properly.

What is exfoliation? Exfoliation is defined as the removal of the oldest dead skin cells or dry skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. There are two types of exfoliation: Chemical exfoliation and Physical exfoliation.

Paul Penders - Papaya (Image by Zoli Plosz)Chemical exfoliator does not necessarily have to be harmful ingredient, it can be made with ingredients such as AHAs (Alpha-hydroxy acids) or enzymes. AHAs are a group of organic carboxylic compounds. AHAs most commonly used in cosmetic applications are typically derived from food products including lactic acid (from sour milk), tartaric acid (from grape wine), glycolic acid (from sugar cane), citric acid (from citrus fruits) and malic acid (from apples). Enzymes are created from fruit such as carica papaya. They work differently to acids; instead of penetrating the dermis, they digest any debris, such as dead proteins or excess sebum, on the surface of the skin.

Physical exfoliators have granules to agitate the surface of the skin and remove dead skin cells. Physical exfoliation is not recommended for the face as the granules in physical scrubs can grind the dirt further into the skin and potentially damage pores. However, it is great on the body, especially for controlling hormonal acne on the chest and back.

Paul Penders - Citrus Fruit ExfoliatorWe have the Citrus Fruit Exfoliatant in the Paul Penders’ skincare product range. Regular use of this non-abrasive herbal exfoliant will reveal soft, fresh, healthier-looking skin. It is formulated with natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids that gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, this all-natural exfoliant will unclog pores and sweep away dead skin cells, leaving the skin softer and clearer than ever before. It is not only specially created to work synergistically with the natural whitening effect of Paul Penders AquaLuna and Intensive Clarifying Therapy, but it is also suitable for all skin types.

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