Use Levels: 1.00 - 5.00% Solubility:Water Soluble Appearance:Off-White to White Powder pH (1 in 50 Solution): 4.0 - 6.2 Loss on Drying: 7.0% Maximum Activity: 70MCU Minimum
The popularity of natural, holistic skin and hair care treatments has risen exponentially over the years. Aryuvedic lifestyles are becoming more mainstream; and naturalists are frequently using ingredients such as papaya to combat issues associated with problem skin and hair. The natural enzymes in fruit are being utilized in a wide variety of hair and skin care products within the industry.
Papaya (Carica papaya) is native to tropical America, spanning the area from southern Mexico to the Andes. They are considered to be "fast-growing, woody, large herb” plants that attain heights between 10 and 12 feet. Papaya thrives in warm well-drained climes. Spanish exploration brought the papaya to the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and back to Europe by the mid 17th century.
The enzymes within fruit as well as virtually all other organisms are natural catalysts (modify or increase the rate of a reaction without being consumed by the reaction) that regulate intrinsic functions such as fruit ripening and color changes in the plants’ leaves. Most enzymes are proteins, which loose functional activity as they denature.
Utilizing enzyme extractions from fruit is not a new practice. The benefits of enzymes have been known and practiced in Aryuvedic medicine as well as folk medicines for centuries. Enzymes in fruit are attributed with having functional properties for cosmetics. Papain in papaya is attributed
with soothing skin irritations and exfoliating dead cells. It is also capable of retaining proteolytic activity over a wide pH range.
FSS Papain will help increase cell renewal. This is important for treating problem skin as excess dead cells trap sebum and dirt on the skin and often clog pores. Proper exfoliation will also help minimize the appearance of fine lines and optimizes translucency to combat dulling effects that occur overtime. Ultimately the protease will leave the skin feeling soft and smooth while creating a rejuvenated aesthetic.