If you suffer from dull, flaky skin you may well feel that your skin needs a richer moisturiser. However, what you are experiencing may well be a thick build-up of dead, dehydrated skin cells. Slathering on rich moisturisers in this scenario may not work and may even trigger unwelcome issues such as pore congestion or an acne flare-up.
For this reason, before you set about increasing the moisture in your skin the first thing to do is make sure you remove the build-up of dead skin with exfoliation. Exfoliation will immediately improve the rough surface texture and flaking. It will also allow the skin to naturally recover moisture levels, and allow any additional treatments to penetrate more effectively.
All skin types benefit from exfoliation from time to time, but some skin types require a skin routine which specifically focuses upon regular exfoliation. This includes ageing skin and skin that is prone to congestion and/or acne.
How to treat dull, flaky skin with enzymes
Using enzyme enriched skin care is a useful method of achieving extra exfoliation. Such products contain enzymes that selectively digest dead or diseased protein material without harming living healthy cells. This means they can remove the build-up of dead cells on the surface of the skin and improve texture and smoothness. Because these enzymes selectively digest dead cells they can be used be used any time. Users will see an immediate and continuing measurable improvement in skin texture, clarity and firmness.
One of the great things about enzymes is that they can be used alongside other treatments that may cause temporary dryness or flaking. Such treatments include retinol, Retin-A (tretinoin), acne medications, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid based peels. The enzymes can help quicken and improve the visible results from these treatments.
Enzyme enriched skin care products include creams, lotions and serums. For a regular moisture boosting, revitalising treatment consider using a rich cream mask such as Ishtar Skinlights Trizyme Mask which combines pumpkin and papaya enzymes with nourishing botanical oils. It suits all skin types. For gentle, oil-free daily exfoliation try an enzyme serum such as Trizyme Pore Perfecting Serum, which combines pineapple, papaya and pomegranate enzymes with aspen bark extract for a pore clarifying, skin softening result.