Cleansers are a challenging thing to switch up. Once you find a good one that you really, really love, you feel loyal to it. If you are likewise stuck on your liquid, gel, or balm-based cleansers, we are here to put you on to a different formula: enzyme powder cleansers. If you are not as familiar, maybe baby powder comes to mind. You’re on the right track in terms of its consistency, but not quite in terms of its formulation. Enzyme powder packs powerful exfoliating properties. All you do is mix the fine specks of powder with a bit of water, and it transforms into a creamy lather or light foam.
Understanding what these enzyme powders are
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s first understand what enzymes do. An enzyme is a catalyst that speeds up chemical reactions in living things, without being altered themselves. There are many different types of enzymes, and human beings naturally produce enzymes to assist processes such as digestion, respiration, and nerve function. In skincare, enzymes break down the keratin proteins that hold dead skin cells together on the surface of the skin. Enzyme powders are exfoliating cleansers that transform into foam when mixed with water and applied to wet skin. The enzyme content allows them to buff away dead skin cells and impurities trapped in pores, to reveal smoother, softer skin.
Benefits of using enzyme powders
1. They gently exfoliate
Enzyme powders are physical and chemical exfoliating substances that have been ground into a fine powder. This makes them gently slough off dead skin cells and cleanse pores of impurities. Without the abrasive effect of traditional scrubs, which can irritate, scratch, and tear at the skin. In addition to exfoliants, enzyme powders often contain skin-supporting ingredients that get activated upon contact with water.
2. They tend to be more sustainable
Enzyme exfoliants found in enzyme powders are often derived from grains, tea, seeds, fruits, and other plants, making them readily degradable in the environment and therefore more sustainable. It is way simpler to think along the lines of azuki beans and rice bran. Traditional exfoliants such as microbeads are made of plastic, which implies that they do not decompose easily. From your bathroom sink, they eventually work their way into the ocean where they can endanger and poison aquatic life that accidentally ingests them.
3. They tend to be cleaner
Since enzyme powders lack liquid content altogether, they tend to contain fewer preservatives than cream, gel, and balm cleansers. Some of which generally require preservatives to counteract the potential growth of bacteria and mold. In fact, the 100% powder formulation means that enzyme powders are totally concentrated which means there’s no water diluting them. Cleaner ingredients make them a gentle yet potent option for reactive, sensitive skin types.
4. They can last a long time
As discussed previously, enzyme powders are dry solids, they can sit on your shelf for a long time without going bad. With that being said, it would be best to store them in a cool dark place and ensure that they are completely sealed to avoid spoiling from moisture contact.
5. They’re travel friendly
The powder formulation makes enzyme powders an ideal option for frequent flyers and people on the move. You can be sure that they won’t leak in your bag, and you can easily stuff them into your carry-on without the worry of TSA restrictions. How convenient is that?
How often should you use these enzyme powders?
A good general rule of thumb is to exfoliate once or twice a week. Although enzyme powders are gentle, they’re still powerful exfoliants, so we recommend gradually introducing them into your skincare routine.
To activate the powder, you have to pour it onto damp palms and rub it between your hands until it transforms into foam. Then apply it to damp skin, and gently massage in circular motions before rinsing off. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may want to regulate the amount of water you add to the powder. For a grittier exfoliation, add less water and work up a rich foam, and for a gentle silky lather, use more water and less product.
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