Understanding Enzyme Peels: A Gentle Approach to Exfoliation

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Have you ever wondered how to get that natural glowing complexion? In this article, we'll explain how to achieve that sought-after glow using an enzyme peel that's boosted with gentle and carefully balanced chemical ingredients for visible results. 

What Exactly is an Enzyme Peel?

Enzyme peel, often called enzymatic peel, is a form of exfoliating treatment that utilizes natural enzymes derived from fruits such as papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin. Similar to other chemical exfoliants like AHAs, enzyme peels work by breaking down the proteins that hold dead skin cells together, gently lifting them away and revealing a brighter, smoother complexion. 

What Does an Enzyme Peel Do?

When it comes to skin care, enzyme peels are a true game-changer. They offer a wide array of benefits that can significantly enhance your skin care routine, regardless of your skin type or concerns. From promoting a radiant complexion to addressing texture and tone issues, enzyme peels are a versatile product in achieving healthier and brighter skin. Let's explore some of the key advantages they offer. 

•    Gentle Exfoliation for All Skin Types
 One of the remarkable aspects of enzyme peels is their versatility. Unlike some other exfoliation ingredients, enzyme peels are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. The gentle nature of these peels ensures minimal irritation while still delivering impressive results.


•   Brightening and Smoothing 
 Enzyme peels remove the dull, dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin, revealing a fresh and radiant complexion beneath. With regular use, enzyme peels can help even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and enhance overall skin texture. 


•    Enhanced Product Absorption 
 By eliminating the barrier of dead skin cells, enzyme peels allow your skin care products to penetrate more effectively. This means that the serums, moisturizers, and treatments you use after an enzyme peel can work their magic at a deeper level, maximizing their benefits for your skin.

Ingredients that Make Enzyme Peels Work

Now that we understand the amazing benefits of enzyme peels, let's delve into the technical aspects of the ingredients that make them so effective: 

Papain: The Power of Papaya

Papain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from papaya. It plays a pivotal role in enzyme peels by breaking down proteins. Proteolytic enzymes have the unique ability to break the peptide bonds that hold dead skin cells together. As a result, papain effectively exfoliates the skin, gently lifting away the buildup of dead cells. This process reveals a fresher, more vibrant complexion.


Bromelain: The Marvel of Pineapple 

Derived from pineapple, bromelain is another powerful enzyme found in enzymatic peels. Like papain, bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that aids in exfoliation. By eliminating dull, lifeless cells, bromelain helps reveal a smoother and more even-toned complexion. It has soothing properties that can help calm irritated skin and reduce redness.

In addition to the tropical ingredients that gently exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth the skin, and enhance its brightness, some enzymatic peels, like Vivier's Illuminating Enzymatic Peel, may also incorporate other mild ingredients to further enhance your complexion.


These supplementary ingredients include:


  • Salicylic Acid: This ingredient penetrates to dissolve dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.


  • Microencapsulated Retinol: It accelerates cellular turnover, resulting in smoother and more radiant-looking skin. Plus, it works synergistically with both AHA and BHA components.


  • Vitamin C: Offering protection against free radicals, this vitamin helps retain skin moisture and boosts facial radiance.


  • Peptides: By promoting collagen production, peptides assist the skin in maintaining its strength, elasticity, and smoothness. They also work to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing inflammation.

How to Use Enzyme Peels: Tips for Optimal Results

To enhance the effectiveness of enzymatic peels and maximize their benefits, it's essential to follow specific guidelines and incorporate helpful skin care tips into your routine. 

Patch Test First

Before applying an enzyme peel to your entire face, it's essential to perform a patch test on a small area of skin. This helps determine if you have any adverse reactions or sensitivities to the product. 

Follow Instructions Carefully

To achieve optimal results when using enzyme peels like the Illuminating Enzymatic Peel™, follow this skin care regimen:  

  1.  Start with Clean Skin (AM/PM): Cleansing your face is essential both in the morning and evening. It ensures a clean canvas for your skin care routine, whether you're starting your day fresh or preparing for a restorative night. Following cleansing, use a toner to harmonize your skin's pH levels. 


  2.  Apply Vitamin C Serum (AM/PM): If you have a favorite Vivier Vitamin C serum, you can apply it to your skin before using the enzyme peel. Vitamin C can provide added benefits such as antioxidant protection and brightening effects. 


  3.  Apply the Enzymatic Peel (PM): Generously apply a layer of the Illuminating Enzymatic Peel™ to your skin during your evening skincare routine. There is no need to rinse it off. Ensure that you apply an even layer to your face and neck. 


  4.  Additional Hydration (AM/PM - If needed): If your skin feels like it needs extra hydration after using the peel, you can follow up with a cream or moisturizer. Choose one that suits your skin type. 


  5.  Sun Protection (AM): Daily use of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen is essential when using products containing AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and retinol. These ingredients can make your skin more photosensitive and susceptible to sun damage. 

Frequency of Use


The recommended frequency of use is two to three times per week at night on non-consecutive days. However, this product is gentle enough for daily use if desired. If you are an experienced retinol user, Vivier retinols are gentle enough to layer with the Illuminating Enzymatic Peel™ in order to boost your overnight results. However, if you are new to retinol products or have sensitive skin, use the enzyme peel and retinol on alternating nights to prevent sensitivity or irritation. 

You have now unlocked the secrets of enzyme peels and their incredible benefits for your skin. By harnessing the power of natural enzymes, these peels offer a gentle, yet effective way to exfoliate, brighten, and rejuvenate your complexion. Remember to choose products with suitable ingredients, follow instructions carefully, and enjoy the radiant results. Embrace the transformative magic of enzyme peels and let your skin glow like never before! 

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