Although there are a variety of peel and enzyme formulas available, the following are particularly nice for summer.
Papain. Clients love the tantalizing scent of this enzyme derived from papayas, especially when combined with the natural pineapple scent of bromelain. Papain works to digest keratin proteins to help accelerate exfoliation. It also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support, and is rich in vitamins C and E, and beta carotene.
Bromelain. A proteolytic enzyme extracted from pineapples, bromelain converts proteins into peptides and amino acids.
Flavonoids. Powerful polyphenol compounds derived from red superfruits—such as apples (malic acid), grapes (tartaric acid), cherries, pomegranates and tomatoes—flavonoids are rich in antioxidants and offer gentle digestive and exfoliating support. They help soften fine lines, smooth and polish skin, and stimulate blood flow, while toning and firming.
Mandelic acid. Derived from bitter almonds, this acid promotes healing and boosts collagen levels. It has lightening and antibacterial properties.
Flower acids. Classified as second-generation alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), flower acids help increase cell turnover, as well as provide hydration. They are also nonirritating, with good cutaneous tolerance.
Retinol (vitamin A peels). A vitamin-A derivative, retinol stimulates new growth of tiny blood vessels, which speeds up collagen production. It helps reverse signs of aging by minimizing fine lines and photodamage.