Ingredient Spotlight: Dual Enzyme Clay Mask
Written by Kerry Benjamin
INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: DUAL ENZYME MASK
It’s no secret that peels are the holy grail for fresh, glowing skin. But some exfoliating acids found in peels can be too much for certain skin types, not to mention a no-no during pregnancy. Thankfully, there are gentler alternatives— enzymes. Often derived from fruits like papayas or pineapples, these naturally occurring amino acids gently break down the keratin bonds that hold onto dead skin, which helps the skin shed more effectively. If you find yourself dealing with irritated and congested skin, opt for a detoxifying enzyme treatment like our DUAL ENZYME MASK, formulated to help clear congestion, gently resurface, and hydrate skin. Let’s break down some of the star ingredients in our mask and how they help reveal softer, fresher skin.
GENTLY EXFOLIATE WITH PAPAYA & PINEAPPLE ENZYMES: A gentler alternative to AHA-based peels, these natural exfoliants dissolve the outermost layer of dead skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher-looking skin. Fruit enzymes are pregnancy-safe and have been shown to soothe the skin as they exfoliate, making them ideal for painful hormonal breakouts. Papaya enzymes have also been shown to help brighten the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation so you aren’t left dealing with spots.
DETOX CLOGGED PORES WITH AMAZONIAN WHITE & BENTONITE CLAY: Known for their detoxifying qualities, these mineral-rich clays absorb excess sebum, draw out pore impurities, and gently exfoliate the skin’s surface. Unlike many clay masks which can be very drying, our clay stays moist for longer so that the treatment doesn’t dehydrate irritated skin.
RESTORE BARRIER FUNCTION WITH JOJOBA ESTERS: This non-greasy, rapidly absorbing hydrator supports a healthy skin barrier, reduces the appearance of redness, and minimizes the look of enlarged pores. As the mask absorbs impurities in the skin, jojoba esters help replenish the skin’s lipids so the skin barrier stays strong.
CALM & RENEW WITH SUCCINIC ACID: Despite its name, succinic acid is not an exfoliating ingredient. Derived from amber or sugar cane, this acid supports cellular renewal while hydrating and calming the skin. It is especially effective for acne-prone skin as it has been shown to have antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the appearance of breakouts. Its hydrating properties have also been shown to help balance the skin’s oil production so pores stay clearer.
Next time your skin feels congested, apply a thin layer of our Dual Enzyme Mask and leave it on for 10 minutes or until dry. Rinse well and follow with our HA Hydrating Serum and Microbiome Rescue Daily Moisturizer to lock in moisture and restore skin softness. Keep up your detox ritual once a week until your pore congestion clears up.