The Lamelle launch was held at the Mount Nelson: high tea, don’t you know. Dr Wagemaker (who looked incredibly young for his age) was there to tell us about Correctives Cathepzyme from South Africa’s very own Lamelle Research Laboratories.
Correctives Cathepzyme is a facial scrub – without the scrub bit. Thank goodness. I think the idea of scrubs is great – and I love how they make my skin feel – for about five minutes which is about how long it takes before my skin erupts. But in the interests of finding out the truth for you, dear reader, I was prepared to risk my skin. The problem as you age (well, one of the many) is that your skin slows down its natural shedding and restoring process – by as much as 40 percent – because of the reduction in an essential skin enzyme called Cathepsin D.
Cathepzyme works by restoring Cathepsin D activity and therefore the skin’s normal shedding process – resulting in more youthful skin. Like Dr Wagemaker’s. The product is a smooth, watery gel that you massage twice a week into clean, dry skin for three minutes, and then wash off with warm water. I have been using Cathepzyme 1 (it comes in two strengths; Cathepzyme 2 is suitable for the face and body, and is especially good for conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris) for a couple of weeks now and I am pleased to report no break outs or reddened, sensitive skin. My skin feels smooth and clean and looks clear and – dare I say it – more youthful. Love this product.
Lamelle’s Correctives Cathepzyme retails for R330 and is available at selected salons. To find a stockist near you, visit www.lamelle.co.za