We’re only half way through the week and I already feel like crawling into bed and hibernating for a good few days. We started fasting yesterday (it’s officially Ramadaan for the Muslim community), and it’s not only the early morning wakings I’m struggling with but also the hunger pangs creeping in at around 9am. We are only allowed to ‘break’ our fast with food/drink at 5:30pm so the days are feeling long and taxing. I’ve decided to not wear a lot of makeup for the next 30 days because I’d rather get some extra shut eye in the mornings and just grab a lipstick on my way out. Also, I’m thinking it will be good for my skin to breathe a bit.
My skin is continuing to get better with less breakouts occurring and the acne scars are starting to fade. A lot of people have been asking me to do a post on my skincare routine which I’ll have up in a few weeks since I’m still trying a few different things that I’m not sure about. So that’s why today’s wishlist is going to be dedicated to skincare. I’d like to know if you have tried an enzyme exfoliator before, any of the brands below before or if you have any suggestions that I haven’t yet come across.
For those of you that don’t know, an enzyme exfoliator is a less abrasive way of getting rid of dead skin cells and renewing the skin’s surface to reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion. Granular exfoliants, which I guiltily do still use sometimes, can be too coarse and the jagged edges cause little cuts in the skin which increase inflammation and redness. On the other hand, the exfoliants with plastic microbeads, which are softer on the skin, are not biodegradable and once they get washed down the drain, end up in lakes and rivers. This is toxic to plants, animals and fish and in turn end up doing more harm than good.
I first learnt about enzyme exfoliators from Shades of Mink two years ago. I was pregnant and looking for something to get rid of my dull, dry, flaky skin and the owner, Yasmin, who is a qualified medical aesthetician, pointed me in the right direction. I picked up the Skin Science Rejuvenating Enzyme Exfoliator (50ml) from Dischem for just R130. The most commonly used enzymes are made from fruit such as pineapple and papaya but can also incorporate apples, kiwis, pumpkins and even rice. It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones and people who have active acne, but should not be used daily as with any exfoliant, it can dry the skin out. I used the Skin Science Enzyme Exfoliator once or twice a week before bed and slept with it on to maximise the benefits. I woke up with softer, plumper, healthier, smoother and brighter looking skin. The bottle, although it looked quite slim and small, lasted me about 6 months and I’ve been repurchasing it since. I’m almost out of my fourth bottle and when I went to Dischem to buy a back up last week, I was told that it had been discontinued. So now I’m on the journey of finding an enzyme exfoliant and after doing some browsing have found quite a few. I’ll have to do more research before I decide which one to buy first but here’s what I rounded up for now.
Dr Gobac Exfoliating Mask with Papaya Enzyme
Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme
Skoon Enzyme Exfoliating Clay
Janssen Cosmetics Bio-Fruit Gel Exfoliator
Sans Soucis Power Fruit Facial Peeling
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
R1 020 (75g)
Theravine Pinotage Exfoliating Enzyme
SKNLogic Exfoliate Enzymatic
As you can see there are many different types and brands and I’m not sure how to choose. Some are quite expensive but they do last quite a long time. If you’re on a budget and looking to DIY it at home, here’s a recipe from Shades of Mink. I’m too lazy to try it because it needs to be made with fresh fruit but if you do try it let me know how it goes.
Have you tried any of these enzyme exfoliants before? Wish one would you suggest? Let me know your thoughts.