Enzymes and Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body making up about 10 percent of our body weight. Its main role is to provide protection from our environment. New skin cells form in the basal layer, which is the deepest layer of the epidermis. They begin perfectly round, but as they travel upward through the remaining layers they become flattened. When they reach the surface they slough off in a process called exfoliation. Exfoliating products speed up this process of sloughing off dead skin cells.

The main component of skin is collagen , which is a structural protein. Collagen fibers form short cables that give our skin its strength, elasticity and smoothness. They also support our soft tissues and connect them to our skeleton and internal organs.

Many factors will determine the texture, tone and resiliency of our skin. Much depends on genetics, hormone levels and skin-care habits. Digestion, nutrient absorption, food sensitivities, waste elimination and toxins all will influence our skin health. These all can be improved by enzyme therapy.

Skin is loaded with enzymes that are naturally occurring. Each enzyme group has a specific function but they all work synergistically. Examples are enzymes that act as antioxidants and defend the skin from free-radical damage and enzymes that facilitate exfoliation.

Skin enzymes aren’t the only enzymes that will determine skin health. It’s actually a combination of digestive enzymes, metabolic enzymes, and food enzymes that are responsible for nourishing the skin and connective tissue. For example, without enzymes skin can’t utilize the beta-carotene in foods and convert it to vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for the skin.

Because our enzymes diminish as we age, without supplementation our skin will become undernourished. Skin changes such as discolored or dry skin, wrinkles and sagging that we attribute to aging are the result of enzyme deficiency or collagen loss.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables will provide food enzymes and provide healthy nutrients for our skin. But in order to utilize the nutrients we must have adequate digestion. By supplementing our enzymes our bodies can adequately repair and rejuvenate our skin. Enzymes can help minimize free-radical damage and lead to more radiant skin.