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.

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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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The Paul Penders Organic Herb Garden – Coconut

A Tropical Treasure – the Coconut
Scientific name: Cocos nucifera

Coconut water, coconut oil, coconut meat, coconut milk used in curries, jellies, jams, or grated — every part of this tropical treasure – the coconut — has its use. Some may be surprising: the fibrous shell is a perfect pot for an orchid, rice wrapped in coconut leaves serves for storage and cooking, and throughout India and Southeast Asia, coconut palm leaves are stripped to make brooms and fuel for fires.

For cosmetics, moisturizers, skincare and many other beauty products, a natural emollient derived from coconut is used as a dispersing agent and carrier for active ingredients. Coconut oil contains Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides which forms a very light silky oil that does not feel at all greasy on the skin. Triglycerides, also known as “fatty acids,” are a major component of human skin oils, and coconut derivatives make an excellent substitute, replacement, or restorative for the skin.

Interestingly, the coconut is not a nut at all but a fruit – a “drupe” – defined as a fruit with a fleshy exterior surrounding a central pit (cherries, peaches, and plums are also examples of drupes). The coconut’s hard husk shell makes it differ from other fruit because animals do not normally eat it. While other fruits have spread across the planet by walking or flying animals, coconuts have floated on ocean currents to even the tiniest Pacific islands.

The coconut palm tree (cocos nucifera) has very specific needs which is why it is mostly found along the seashores in tropical climates. It cannot tolerate cold, but on the other hand, it is very salt resistant. It requires high humidity which is why it is most often found close to the sea. And it needs lots of sunshine so it flourishes best close to the Equator. Two varieties are found – tall and dwarf. The tall ones can grow as high as 30m (98 feet) and produce (in very fertile soil) as many as 75 coconuts.

Coconut water makes you look younger because it contains cytokines, a plant hormone shown to slow the aging process in plants. In technical terms, the water is liquid endosperm there to feed the seed as it matures. Nearly fat-free and 95% water, “Iron Man” and other sports enthusiasts swear by it as a post-workout ‘pickmeup’ as it also contains a variety of key minerals including potassium and sugars.

Although the benefits aren’t yet proven in humans, women throughout Asia have used coconut water on the face and skin for centuries to cleanse and refresh. Often people say Asian women appear younger than one expects them to be – a great side benefit of coconut use!

During WWII, when there was not enough blood available to help wounded soldiers, transfusions were done using just fresh coconut water – a treatment that apparently worked miraculously well.

Clearly, the use of coconut has benefits for more beautiful and healthier skin — whatever the still unexplained scientific reasons. Most of the Paul Penders line of natural skincare and body care products contain coconut water or oil.


 

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Coconut Water in Paul Penders Skincare?

      Here some facts about coconut water for our body ….

Coconut water does speed up our metabolism and does not make us fat. A bad rap came from coconut milk made from pressed coconut meat, most saturated fat. The water (the fluid in young coconuts) has only 46 calories per cup.
 
It’s a great nature’s sport drink although not good enough for hard-core athletes because when you exercise you sweat out a lot of sodium and some potassium and should replace both after intense sweat sessions.
 
Coconut water is a potassium powerhouse delivering 600 mg per cup; 175 mg more than a banana and 13 times more what most sport drinks offer.
 
Coconut water makes you look younger because it contains cytokines, a plant hormone shown to slow the aging process in plants according to a study. Although the benefits aren’t yet proven in humans, women in Southeast Asia use coconut water on their face for centuries to cleanse and refresh. Many women over there appear younger than one expects them to be.
 
Coconut water is very high in potassium that helps lower blood pressure and promotes heart health and thus coconut water is a good source of that mineral.

Coconut water is now being added to all Paul Penders natural skincare and body care products since 3 years.
 
You can find reasons why in other stories about the use of coconut water in our blog. Including the amazing story that during the 2nd world war in Asia, when for wounded soldiers was not enough blood available, transfusions were done using just fresh coconut water that apparently worked miraculously well.
 
For sure, the use of coconut water has its advantages towards more beautiful and healthy skin for whatever still unexplained scientific reason. But why must science always explain what we already can see? What scientific explanation do we need when we see people with beautiful, radiant skin in this part of the world? Women of villages who insist on using coconut water for their face for generations?
 
I learned that beautiful skin has not much to do with science, nor secrets. Healthy skin is easier to obtain than one may think and no matter what your skin type is, beautiful skin is easy to maintain simply by using truly natural cosmetics.
 
    

Coconut Water in Paul Penders Skincare?

Coconut water, for many generations, has been known for its wonderful ability to regenerate, revitalize and moisturize skin. Paul Penders products now include coconut water in all its skin and body care products…
 
All Paul Penders products already contain LevensESSENTIE Gold®, an extract made from 22 certified organic herbs, but now, in our skincare and body care products we have added “Cocos nucifera (coconut) water” as well. Why??

Even today fresh coconut water is still being used for its medicinal and cosmetic properties in Polynesian cultures of Tahiti and Southeast Asia. Coconut water is rich in lipids, lauric acid and glucids.
 
It also contains important minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. Furthermore it contains trace-elements such as manganese, copper, zinc, iodine, selenium, and vitamins E and B.
 
What the local people knew for ages, we have discovered finally the same…. All these mineral are all vital to beautiful, radiant skin as well. Moreover, all these wonderful materials are readily available in fresh coconut water just by opening up a coconut available almost everywhere in this part of the world.

How truly unique coconut water in fact is can be better valued when we read a story in a book about World War II where wounded soldiers in the tropics were given “blood transfusions” just with fresh coconut water at such times there was no blood at hand. Doesn’t this demonstrate the wonderful properties of plain coconut water?
 
When we started research on the use of coconut water in skincare, we were amazed about the high level of nutrients in it and then understood why women in local communities wash their face and hair with fresh coconut water.

Although few cosmetic companies use coconut oil in creams, soaps and shampoos – which is very good – we don’t use the oil but prefer water of the coconut because of its many beneficial minerals for the skin. Coconut water helps to replenish skin resulting in a healthy complexion and radiance. That’s why we believe women in this part of the world have such beautiful skin till high age. That’s why we have added coconut water in all Paul Penders skincare and bodycare products now as well.
 
So read the ingredients on Paul Penders skincare and bodycare labels. You will find, Cocos nucifera (coconut) water on them and you know why we are excited about it.

 
 
    

Our Products Thoroughly Tested by Beauty Journal (Part 2)

www.beautyjournaal.nl is by far the very best website available that educates consumers concerning all areas of cosmetics; including cosmetic surgery, cosmetic ingredients and the newest cosmetic products on the market. This website provides ‘no-nonsense’ professional in-depth reviews about “the good and the bad” in the cosmetic world. High-end professionals from medical and cosmetic fields are associated with this highly successful web-magazine making it the world’s leading site for honest and true education on cosmetics. Debbie in the Netherlands is one of the officials Test Judges of the Beauty Journal and tested 3 of Paul Penders natural herbal skincare products. Below is her report.
 

What 3 Paul Penders products did Debbie test?

Paul Penders Hydrating Control Serum

This serum surely feels comfortable on my face thanks to the almost creamy effect. I noticed that it easily spreads out and quickly absorbed into my skin. I decided to use only this serum before going to bed, once a day, because it is of such a firm consistence. Sometimes I use Aloe & Lavender A.M. Moisturizer for the day, but also sometimes I use Aloe & Lavender A.M. Moisturizer for the night as well because I do not like to apply two “thick” layers of skincare on my face.
 
I noticed every time when I woke up that my skin looked more radiant and smooth. In fact my skin looked very healthy and seemed even firmer than before. The smell of the product is ‘herbalish’ and honestly, I had to get used to it although that particular herbal scent disappears after a couple of minutes.
 
Paul Penders Aloe & Lavender A.M. Moisturizer

This day care product is of a light composition and gets easily absorbed into the skin. It spreads out wonderfully and I can feel that is soothes my skin. Immediately after application my face feels well moisturized and therefore really soft. It gives my face the comparative matte taint that I like so much. The scent is very fresh and certainly not overwhelming. It’s actually a very nice smell and the texture of the product turns this day care into the perfect product for the typical summer weather conditions in The Netherlands!
 
Paul Penders Avocado & Cranberry P.M. Moisturizer

This night moisturizer is of a perfect creamy substance and it feels great on my skin. It’s slightly thicker than the day care moisturizer but still quickly absorbed into my skin. It doesn’t feel oily and that’s a great advantage compared to some other organic night creams I’ve been testing before!
 
This time I really feel that I am giving my skin a little extra for the night and I am actually looking forward to every new evening when I can use the personal night cream that I have now adopted to love…
 
This Avocado & Cranberry PM Moisturizer also has the specific Paul Penders herbal like scent but… meanwhile I have grown into loving it!!! Because of this herbal smell I am starting to think that it might just really do the work for my skin. This scent helps me to keep close to nature and makes me realize that this is just what we have forgotten. Staying close to Mother Nature for she provides in life all we need.

My conclusion about Paul Penders Cosmetics:
Using all these 3 products result in a healthier looking skin and makes me really happy to look into the mirror. My skin looks well nourished and firmer. I do not expect my lines to disappear or even become less because the most important thing for me is radiant skin and a healthy glow. The paradox of this conclusion is that at first I was afraid to write this positive review because one could not possibly be so enthusiastic about Paul’s products. My test results seem exaggerated but then, I am truly THAT enthusiastic! Surely there must be a minor….
 
Well there could be two little minors of Paul’s products:

  • They smell like herbal garden in summer and that is a matter of taste.
  • The packaging is simple and beautiful but not significant. The consumer might not be easily drawn towards the packaging and that would be a shame! Because Paul Penders products really deserve your full attention!

Last but not least….:
I’ve fallen in love with Paul Penders natural herbal cosmetics. The 3 products I tried feel like trying more of Paul’s products. In addition I have also fallen in love with the mission, the vision and the passion of the Paul Penders Company.
 
Cruelty free organic cosmetics will give the same results as non-organic, chemical cosmetics. Life’s responsibilities; hold on to your principles… “Just do your thing and go for it”!
 
Debbie
Test Judge of Beauty Journal
April 2011