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
Paul Penders natural herbal products are good for your skin but the various different natural ingredients can also be growing microorganisms. These cannot be seen with the naked eye but a virus or bacterial or fungal cell reproduces rapidly if they are not controlled using a proper preservative system in our products.
An excessive amount of microorganisms affects the product (and you) in a number of ways:
- it can cause undesired odors
- it can destabilize our creams and lotions
- it can cause color changes to the products
- it can create skin itching as well as serious infections
Therefore our products must be always properly preserved.
We use a few microbiology tests including “aerobic plate count test” which shows how many bacteria are in a product at the time of testing. Then there is the “challenge test” that shows how well a preservative system works in our product over a period of time.
All products that contain water substances (incl. plant and herbal extracts) require an adequate preservative system to prevent microorganisms from growing making the product unsafe for use.
Several “friendly” preservatives and anti-oxidants are available such as L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), sorbic and citric acids, retinol palmitate (vitamin A), honeysuckle, potassium sorbate, tocopherol (vitamin E), water melon, green tea and white tea extracts, tea tree and rosemary essential oils, grapefruit seed extract and more.
All Paul Penders products contain a thoroughly tested preservative system. They insure that our products containing high quality natural ingredients remain fresh over a prolonged period of time.
Each production batch we make is ALWAYS microbiological tested by an independent, professional lab. After these microbiological tests are completed this company provides us with a written statement that certifies that this particular batch is safe to be used for our customers worldwide. Only after we have received the certification from this specialized lab do we start filling the product batch into bottles, tubes and jars.
A properly designed preservative system will not only prevent our products from undesired growth of microorganisms, but they also prolong the shelf-life of the products by stabilizing them, to make sure that our creams, lotions and shampoos do not separate or otherwise deteriorate.