Does your skin feel one size to small?

Maybe it is dry, flaky and dull and no matter what you do, it’s as though it has lost its lustre.

Then chances are your skin is lipid dry, and what this means is that it has a non existent hydro lipid layer, which can be defined by a lack of oil.

Our skin can become extremely reactive, when inflammation is paired with the loss of the skin’s protective barrier. To counteract this, I recommend using a product that mimics your skins natural composition, one that contains lipids such as ceramides, essential fatty acids and cholesterol.

Fortify and Bio lipid complex both rich in lovely ceramides and fatty acids, are designed to re-build the integrity of your barrier function, they balance these lipids helping to return your skin to a youthful, healthy glow.

What are lipids?

These are protective oils that form your skins protective barrier function, they work as emollients, softening our skin and providing elasticity.

The stratum corneum your outer layer of skin, sits between a lipid layer known as the lamellar bilayers, if these bilayers are not functioning correctly, it makes your skin susceptible to irritation, dryness and other skin conditions.

These bilayers can also be knocked out of balance by pre-disposed conditions such as dryness, eczema and sensitive skin.

My article on barrier cream does a really great job of explaining this in more detail.

DEHYDRATION

Another problem with the bilayers not functioning correctly, can be due to water loss from the skin, which presents itself as dryness, roughness and inflammation.

H20 pure hyaluronic complex works by creating a water reservoir in the bilayers, solving the cause, not simply just treating the symptom.

Yet another reason for this imbalance, could be the over use of strong ingredients like astringents or surfactants, ingredients known to disturb the bilayers, referred to in the industry as the wash out effect.

Repairing lipids for your skin

Lipids work by filling holes in the inter-cellular cement, preventing water loss in the skins tissues.

Glycosphingolipid

  • These Lipids are composed of sugar, or monosaccharide and fat
  • They form an important component of cell membranes and ceramides

Glycolipids

  • These help to coat cell walls
  • They form a barrier, that holds skin and water content in place

Phospholipids

  • These are great for a sensitive skin
  • They are composed of glycerol, fatty acids, and phosphate
  • Phospholipids are essential for the form and function of our cell membranes, they help to provide a stable structure that surrounds the cell
  • A good example of a phospholipid is soya lecithin

Ceramides

  • Ceramides are an important structural component of our skin
  • They are naturally occurring lipids
  • Ceramides help with water retention and cellular regeneration
  • They restore the skin’s barrier function, perfect for dry skin

Other skin restoring Ingredients

Fatty Acids

  • These are a complex mixture of components
  • They help to create the acid mantle, which protects the skin from oxidative damage

Follow this link to find out more about fatty acids.

Botanical Oils

  • Fatty acids, high in gamma linoleic acid are perfect for repairing the skin, keeping the epidermal layers intact. Both Borage seed and Evening Primrose, are a great example of such oils
  • Avocado oil has repairing properties, due to it’s high levels of phytosterols
  • Sunflower seed oil, naturally contains repairing ceramides

Cholesterol

  • It helps to make up the skins barrier function
  • As a dry skin care ingredient, it works as a stabiliser, emollient and water binding agent

All of the naked chemist products have been created with barrier repairing ingredients in mind, to ward off signs of premature ageing and signs of sensitivity.

THE NAKED CHEMIST

Please don’t overlook your protective barrier; lipid ingredients are really important in fortifying it.

They are the perfect choice, especially when combined with soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients, to calm a sensitised skin.

That said, you do need to approach your dryness and sensitivity from a number of angles, because we are all metabolically different; what sets one skin off is not necessarily going to have the same reaction on another persons skin.

So use tried and tested anti-inflammatory botanicals and pair these with more sophisticated ingredients that address the nervous response.

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