Back in my spa-manager days, one of my favorite skin care treatments to receive was our organic enzyme facial which included an amazing pineapple enzyme peel. After that treatment my skin would be glowing and feel new again. Nowadays, I get my peel-on at home with the homemade version, this Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Peel.
Both pineapple and papaya are packed with natural enzymes that break up protein, and as a result, exfoliate the skin resulting in a mild peel effect. Additionally, pineapple and papaya both contain alpha-hydroxy acids used in skin care products to moisturize and removing dead skin cells, improve the appearance of scars, help with aging, firm and smooth skin.
But don't be fooled by these pretty tropical fruits! This may look like a simple smoothie for the face but this peel is powerful stuff. Blend up a batch for yourself and feel the results almost immediately as it tingles and itches, in a good way of course.
photos by Leah Bergman
Pineapple Papaya Enzyme Mask
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
½ cup fresh papaya, cubed
1 Tbsp honey
1. In a blender, puree pineapple, papaya, and honey until smooth.
2. Apply a thin layer to décolletage (face, neck, chest) avoiding the eye area.
* You will feel an itching and tingling sensation almost immediately as the enzymes work to exfoliate your skin. If the itching is too intense remove before the recommended time.
3. Leave peel on for 5-10 minutes. If you have sensitive skin start with 5 minutes, max. Wash face thoroughly with warm water and apply a good moisturizer.
Note: This is a gentle peel but still very active. You may have a bit of sensitivity during and after applying which is normal. Do not use more than once a week and always apply a moisturizer afterwards.