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Fruit Enzymes vs Fruit Acids

Fruit Enzymes vs Fruit Acids

Exfoliation is every skincare enthusiast's favorite step, though it can be daunting and confusing without instruction. 

When peeling correctly, you can have fresh smooth-as-a-baby skin. When peeling incorrectly, you can over-exfoliate, stripping the skin of necessary hydration, causing irritation, and even breakouts.

Let's start with some basics:

What is the difference between a fruit enzyme and fruit acid?

Enzymes are naturally occurring digestive agents from fruit that eat protein and keratin. Your skin continuously sheds dead skin cells, but if they aren't removed, your products will sit atop those inactive cells and your live cells won't be able to absorb the nutrients.

Enzymes help to gently dissolve those dead cells so you can get the benefits of your luscious creams and serums!

Acids are also derived from fruit and sometimes dairy (hey, lactic acid!). They are often used for fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

Fruit acids react with all skin cells (dead or alive) promoting cell death leading to forced exfoliation.

So they both exfoliate?

Yes, but the major difference is that enzymes exfoliate dead skin cells and acids accelerate the turnover of both dead and living skin cells, which makes it a choice for more seasoned exfoliation lovers.

For those who have sensitive or reactive skin, start with an enzyme first like Savor Beauty's Cherry Collagen Peel and build from there with a Pumpkin Enzyme Peel (lactic acid for hyperpigmentation) or a Yuzu Lemonade Peel (salicylic acid for breakouts.) 

More questions? Email our estheticians at for answers. 

Cherry Collagen PeelThe Cherry Collagen Peel uses fruit enzymes from pineapple, papaya, and cherry juice to gently eat away dead skin cells for smooth skin.

Pumpkin Enzyme PeelThe Pumpkin Enzyme Peel has pumpkin fruit enzymes and "smart-exfoliator" lactic acid to lift away inactive cells, leaving dewy glowing skin.

Yuzu Lemonade PeelThe Yuzu Lemonade Peel has salicylic acid and vitamin C to brighten skin, prevent blackheads, and reduce oil production over time.

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