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
It was love at first sight. Pristine island surrounded by the turquoise Andaman Sea, ancient rainforest with trees rooted in the depth of thousands of years, and their branches daringly reaching towards the sky. Bright orange of wild heliconias, and deep red of the ginger flowers. The tantalizing smell of a jackfruit in the air…
As per definition, ‘Love at first sight’ is the phenomenon of an instant attraction, inexplicable romantic feelings bordering on madness…
A description implying that this state of sensory intoxication is far too intense as that it could last.
Nine months have passed – and I am still waiting for my emotions to settle down.
Eagerly waiting to spot every morning hibiscus flowers that blossomed in my garden over night – just to make my day colorful, missing a few keyboard strokes to watch a hornbill indulge in a ripe papaya as I look out of the window.
And there is nothing more exquisite than diving at night into the cool sheets of my bed, closing my eyes, and letting the frog symphony lull me to sleep.
Although… My love to Langkawi did change! There are more layers now, a depth to my feelings. Going far beyond the magical beauty of the island. It is hard to explain, but there is this unique energy – bringing together people that seem to be on the same wavelength.
Caught in the daily rat race, we all find ourselves occasionally wondering whether there may be more to life: daydreaming about starting over, about defining our happiness anew, about living more in tune with who we really are. But like a forceful river, the current of our life continues carrying us in the familiar direction, letting these moments vanish as quickly as they emerged.
Now – imagine finding yourself surrounded by people who actually followed the calling! Who managed to withstand this powerful pull, and hold still long enough for the vague feeling to become a path. I am not talking about escapists who ‘checked out’ of reality, running away from their responsibilities.
In fact, most of the expats on the island are pretty busy. – Making their dreams come true, whatever that means to each of them: cooking delicious meals – hoping for a satisfied look on the diners’ faces rather than for a Michelin Star, creating natural products from healing rainforest plants, exploring the depths of the soul – and developing innovative holistic therapies…
Success is still part of the equation. Just the definition is a different one. Rather than being the ultimate goal, it is the natural consequence of following one’s passion.
Having traveled the world, I never came across a place with such a pure energy! I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what makes this island so special. And I believe, I found the answer. In the warm smiles of the local people I encounter wherever I go. In the words ‘Mat Salleh’ – not being whispered behind my back but told straight to my face. Because all it means is ‘a white foreigner’. Nothing but a simple statement of facts. With no judgment attached.
We are who we are. White, little impatient, with all these crazy ideas in our heads. Not expected to change. Not forced to fit in. We are free to follow our hearts! And that is the real beauty of this magical island…
By Kamila Delart.
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.
In the bestseller, The Book of Secrets, author Deepak Chopra states that, “The greatest hunger in life is not for food, money, success, status, security, sex or even love from the opposite sex…it is for transformation: turning fear, aggression, doubt, insecurity and emptiness into their opposites.” Indeed, this transformation is what I came to Moorea for and what I believe I found, at least a little, in this South Pacific outpost.
Moorea is the baby brother of Tahiti, an idyllic island in French Polynesia where everyone knows everyone else and life remains deliciously slow. Like many of its neighbors, Moorea is essentially a set of huge, volcano-formed mountains surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is covered with flowers of virtually every possible variety, including twelve-foot tall wild hibiscus that share the unending sunshine with papaya, mango and avocado trees. With a single road encircling the island’s 37 mile perimeter and few conventional trappings of civilization, the overall effect is a lush tropical paradise where birds, fish and humans live in harmony.
The island’s great natural beauty is, I believe, a critical part of its inhabitants’ happiness. A growing body of clinical research has established a firm connection between nature and mental health. More frequent exposure to nature via activities such as walking or hiking has been linked to increased brain activity as well as improved moods; in fact, brain scans have actually revealed a difference in the areas of the brain that are active in people who have regular exposure to nature compared with those who don’t.
This may help account for Mooreans’ happy-go-lucky nature. Pass a stranger on the street, and he greets you with a smiling “Bonjour!” or “Iaorana!” Drive around the island at just about any time of day, and you’ll see groups of Mooreans gathered to swim, picnic or just chat outside, relaxed and happy to be together.
In that way, the island reminds me of Langkawi. Although the Malaysian Geopark is larger and more cosmopolitan, its rolling hills and ancient rainforests similarly seep into the souls of its inhabitants, so that those who are lucky enough to reside there are as transformed by the island’s great natural beauty as the Mooreans.
It doesn’t take long to feel these effects. All the considerations of my normal routine – ongoing emails, deadlines and dinner plans – quickly pale in comparison to the majesty of these dramatic green mountains and the endless ocean that surrounds them. The awe and wonder I feel at the greatness of this place is overwhelming and constant; I have to keep from gasping, “that’s so beautiful!” each time I turn and look in another direction.
But I am a visitor here for just a week, searching for meaning to take home with me. I visit the gift shops for a few trinkets, but what I am really interested in are the pearls of wisdom that will transform me – those things I can learn here that will change me, even in a very small way, to bring me closer to the person I wish to become.
So here is what I have concluded. It is something I have known all my life, but Moorea reminds me that it is true and it is important. Beauty is vital. We must have it if we are to be happy. We can live without it, but that life will not be nearly as rich or satisfying as if we do have it. Beauty may be different things for different people, but we all know when we are in the presence of it. It is not necessarily expensive, because there are many places, like Moorea, where it is available to everyone, free of charge. It’s just a matter of opening our eyes and seeing it.
By Alison Kritzer