Beautiful skin matters!
In a youthful society, ageless skin has become a reality.
Many of us are taken in by the allure of exotic ingredients, sold to us via glamorous models and the trappings and trimmings of pretty packaging,
Research has found, the PSYCHOLOGICAL reasons why we purchase personal care products, is interestingly far more COMPLEX, then about what is in the formulation itself.
Yet in reality your products don’t have to be really sophisticated, or cost the earth to be effective.
Because a well thought out facial moisturiser formulated with natural botanical extracts, can have some wonderful benefits for the health of your skin.
So lets get down to basics and look at moisturisation in greater detail:
The Science of Moisturisation
- Increases hydration
- Provides protection
- Reduces sensitivity
- Reduces bacteria on the skin
- Treats and prevent dry skin
- Keeps an oily shine at bay
- Reduces inflammation and irritation within the skins tissues
- Improves epidermal barrier function and promotes skin healing
- Improves the health and function of epidermis, the skins visible layer
Obviously the results you get, is due to the degree that the individual face moisturiser will deliver these goals and how well it has been formulated, this is the key to skin health.
Key Ingredients of a Face Moisturiser
So what should be in a face moisturiser?
Well our skin naturally contains components and lipids that keep our skin supple and moisturised, this is referred to as the natural moisturising factor (NMF).
When the NMF content of skin is reduced and lipids are low, the texture becomes rough, flaking and fine lines appear, impairing our natural skin moisturiser.
So it makes sense, that a good face moisturiser should help to keep the structure of our epidermis (the outer layer of skin) intact.
Elements Found in the NMF
- Fatty Acids
- Sodium PCA
- Amino Acids
- Linoleic acid
- Hyaluronic acid
The Naked Truth
As I discussed earlier a good face moisturiser doesn’t have to cost the earth.
A recent study found that a fairly mid range natural moisturiser, that contained botanical emollients and humectants, helped to improve the skins barrier function, increase the epidermal thickness of the skin and decrease the transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by 15% percent.
It should contain ingredients that mimic the structure and function of a healthy skin, and put back some of the primary elements that help to keep our skin healthy.
So as you can see, a well thought out formulation is important,
And the selection of an appropriate moisturiser depends on a number of things including the vehicle, skin type, and the individual needs of that person,
This is why I feel customisation is key, essentially giving you the tools to treat all of these requirements on different levels.