Acid v Enzyme Exfoliation: An In-Depth Look at Pure Enzymes & PHA Hydration Peel

If you’re in the market for the “glowing, dewy looking” skin that’s all the rage (for good reason), now is the perfect time to start implementing exfoliation into your skincare routine to help your skin look radiant all throughout the year. Today, COSMEDIX is here to shed light on two of our gentle exfoliating skincare products formulated with powerhouse ingredients that promote a healthier-looking complexion: Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask and PHA Hydration Peel Refining Exfoliator!

Why Exfoliate?

Even if dirt, oil and impurities aren’t visible to the naked eye, the skin undergoes a lot beneath the surface. Washing your face sometimes isn’t enough if you’re hoping not only to wash off the day, but also to make strides in improving the look of uneven texture and other skin concerns. Exfoliating your complexion 2-3 times a week is the perfect extra step to help:

  • Draw out pore-clogging impurities
  • Shed dead skin and encourage healthy skin renewal
  • Even the appearance of skin tone and texture
  • Boost product absorption

Now that we know why we should exfoliate, let’s get into the products!

What is Pure Enzymes?

Pure Enzymes is a luxe Cranberry Exfoliating Mask that gently polishes away dead, dull surface skin to help reveal a softer, more radiant-looking complexion.

Powered by L-Lactic Acid and Cranberry Enzymes, this indulgent mask treatment focuses on lifting away dull skin to help brighten and even the look of skin tone. It also helps protect skin from environmental stressors and boosts hydration!

What is PHA Hydration Peel?

PHA Hydration Peel is a spa-like at-home peel treatment that gently exfoliates away dull, dead skin to help illuminate the appearance of your complexion.

A multi-acid Level 1 exfoliant that’s gentle enough for all skin types, this Refining Exfoliator helps soften, smooth and brighten the appearance of skin for a more even-looking complexion. It’s formulated with über-gentle yet exfoliating skincare ingredients like Polyhydroxy Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Acids v. Enzymes

Enzymes, often derived from fruits, help break down keratin—i.e. the protein of dead skin cells. They help shed off dead skin and help create a smoother-looking skin surface.

Acids go deeper beneath the surface of the skin, helping to improve the look of your complexion from the inside out.

While enzymes are generally touted as the gentler option, both Pure Enzymes and the PHA Hydration Peel can be used on even the most sensitive of skin.

Use Our Skin-loving Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask to:

  • Gently exfoliate away and shed off dead skin from the skin’s surface to help create a smoother-looking complexion
  • Indulge in exfoliation multiple times per week. We recommend using Pure Enzymes up to two times per week for 3-10 minutes
  • Provide a boost of radiance to your skin

As written in InStyle: “Expect to feel a slight tingle” while the mask rests, “but after rinsing it off, you’ll be left with a clear, dewy glow.”

Use PHA Hydration Peel to:

  • Gently exfoliate underneath the surface of skin for a brighter-looking complexion
  • Follow a simple, once-a-week exfoliation routine that helps improve the look of skin with just 10 minutes
  • Supplement trips to the spa with an aesthetician-grade at-home peel treatment

Owner and founder of luxe L.A. based spa, Glow Skincare—as well as 2018 COSMEDIX Aesthetician of the Year—Kasey Boone says, “There’s typically little to no downtime! This peel is going to lightly exfoliate and give deep hydration to the skin.”