Do you suffer from any of the following?

  • Dryness
  • Flakiness
  • Dehydration
  • Irritation
  • Itchy skin
  • Chapped, red skin

These are all signs; your skins lipid barrier is undermined.

In order to treat unhealthy skin effectively, it is important to have an understanding of what is going on under our skin.

As an esthetician with 20 years of experience, I have seen many skin conditions. the type that I see most often, is where the lipid barrier has become compromised. This presents itself as extremely dry skin that’s red, inflamed and sensitive.

Typical complaints are:

  • “My skin is red, inflamed, dry or dehydrated
  • All products that I apply sting, so I don’t know what to use to help heal my skin
  • “I have to keep my skincare routine really very simple and it is frustrating
  • I try to use products created for sensitive skin, but my skin still feels irritated.”
  • My sensitive skin has started to get worse in my 40’s.”
  • “My doctor prescribed me with hydrocortisone but it only made my skin more sensitive

After treating so many clients with these concerns, there is no doubt in my mind that many products and treatments are to aggressive and lead to a damaged protective moisture barrier.

All the skincare products formulated at the Naked Chemist, have been created to free the skin from irritation, in order to fix these problems, lets dive in and look more closely at what is happening:

As an esthetician with 20 years of experience, I have seen many skin conditions. the type that I see most often, is where the lipid barrier has become compromised. This presents itself as extremely dry skin that’s red, inflamed and sensitive.

Typical complaints are:

  • “My skin is red, inflamed, dry or dehydrated
  • All products that I apply sting, so I don’t know what to use to help heal my skin
  • “I have to keep my skincare routine really very simple and it is frustrating
  • I try to use products created for sensitive skin, but my skin still feels irritated.”
  • My sensitive skin has started to get worse in my 40’s.”
  • “My doctor prescribed me with hydrocortisone but it only made my skin more sensitive

After treating so many clients with these concerns, there is no doubt in my mind that many products and treatments are to aggressive and lead to a damaged protective moisture barrier. All the skincare products formulated at the Naked Chemist, have been created to free the skin from irritation.

In order to fix these problems, lets dive in and look more closely at what is happening under our skin:

The Protective Barrier

Your barrier is made up of lipids, complex fatty components such as ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids.

This complex layer of materials contains inter-cellular lipids, which prevent foreign bodies and irritants from entering; it also protects against water loss and dehydration, I refer to it as a fort wall, a beautiful protective barrier.

For this reason the focus of my formulas are barrier repairing. Fortify and Bio lipid complex rich in ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids re-build the skin, restoring the integrity of the barrier function and balancing missing ingredients.

To know your skin type, read my article on the clear skin difference, that will help you understand the between dryness and dehydrated skin.

Journeying under our skin

Although we have this barrier, harmful bacteria and viruses can still get under our skin.

Imagine that your cells are like bricks in a wall and there is cement that holds these bricks together.

Well in the same way cement fills spaces between bricks; your skin has oils or lipids that fill the gaps between the skins cells, preventing foreign bodies from slipping through.

If you’ve DROPPED LEMON on a CUT you’ll know that feeling all too well, this

The Protective Barrier

Your barrier is made up of lipids, complex fatty components such as ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids.

This complex layer of materials contains inter-cellular lipids, which prevent foreign bodies and irritants from entering; it also protects against water loss and dehydration, I refer to it as a fort wall, a beautiful protective barrier.

For this reason the focus of my formulas are barrier repairing. Fortify and Bio lipid complex  rich in ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, re-build the skin restoring the integrity of the barrier function, and balance missing ingredients.

To know your skin type, read my article on the clear skin difference, that will help you understand the between dryness and dehydrated skin.

Journeying under our skin

Although we have this barrier, harmful bacteria and viruses can still get under our skin.

Imagine that your cells are like bricks in a wall and there is cement that holds these bricks together.

Well in the same way cement fills spaces between bricks; your skin has oils or lipids that fill the gaps between the skins cells, preventing foreign bodies from slipping through.

If you’ve DROPPED LEMON on a CUT you’ll know that feeling all too well, this is because the inter-cellular matrix has become impaired.

And this is exactly what happens when your skin becomes dry or chapped, lost lipids allow easy penetration of foreign bodies, which in turn releases a cascade of inflammation.

Healthy lipid barrier

When our protective barrier is intact our skin is healthy, nothing can invade and penetrate through this protective barrier.

Skin is plump and hydrated because water stays in the tissues, and skin tone and texture is completely free from redness.

An impaired lipid barrier

When the skin’s barrier function becomes impaired it allows penetration of ingredients.

If you think back to that lemon, you can relate to how the citric acid burns the skin when it hits on a nerve ending.

GAPS APPEAR in the DERMIS allowing moisture to escape from the deeper layers, this can cause a whole host of skin conditions and inflammation, causing once healthy cells to become sensitised.

This is why it can be so difficult to treat sensitivity.

The Naked Truth

So the goal is to prevent foreign bodies such as bacteria, allergens and irritants including our lemon juice, from getting under our skin.

When our lipid barrier is intact skin is free from inflammation, dehydration and dryness.
So if it is truly healthy skin you desire, it is really important to look after your beautiful barrier, after all it is the only one you have.

 

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