The principle behind the Naked Chemist range is using intelligent ingredients that mimic the composition and structure of the skin. Our skin is naturally made up of lipids, triglycerides, fatty acids, and more; however, environmental stressors, age, and inappropriate treatments undermine the skin’s integrity.
I believe good skin health begins with a healthy moisture barrier, the protective ‘wall’ that locks moisture in and keeps irritants out. Its brick-and-mortar like structure contains “bricks” of Corneocytes (skin cells), with a “mortar” made of 25% Cholesterol, 25% Fatty Acids, 50% Ceramides, and many different lipids. If the production of any of these components is inhibited, the barrier function breaks down.
Fortify contains the perfect ratio of vital skin-identical ingredients that infuse with the skin’s structure, allowing it to integrate into the cells perfectly and the spaces between them to bring much-needed relief to dry, fragile, inflamed or depleted skin. These ingredients are the science behind restoring and maintaining the health of the barrier function– when it is functioning effectively, the acid mantle’s delicate microflora is also balanced, correcting problematic skin naturally.
Pohutukawa: Your skin fully recognises this deeply conditioning botanical extract as being identical to the nutritive building blocks of its own structure, greatly enhancing its ability to strengthen and repair itself.
Ceramides: Fully compatible with the ones already found within our own cell membranes, these key components have a protective role, supporting cellular rejuvenation and reinforcing the natural barrier function.
Phospholipids: All cells have a membrane made of essential lipid structures, regulating optimal cellular activity. Due to their structure, phospholipids can integrate with the cell membrane, nourishing it, and providing efficient restoration to the barrier function.
Macadamia Nut Oil: This skin-identical oil is rich in Oleic (Omega 9) and Linoleic (Omega 6) acids, restoring the barrier structure and reducing water loss. Palmitoleic (Omega 7) acid is an active antimicrobial and helps ward off premature ageing.
Cholesterol: This important lipid is found naturally in the skin’s outer layer but depletes with age or trauma. Our skin’s extracellular matrix contains 25% cholesterol, so it plays a vital role in maintaining the barrier’s integrity.
Magnesium Chloride: Alleviates inflammation and dryness in magnesium-deficient skin by increasing elasticity and moisture.
Aqua – Water
Persea gratissima – Avocado fruit oil
Macadamia ternifolia – Macadamia nut oil
Phytosteryl macadamiate – Macadamia oil esters
Phytosterols – Plant-derived sterols
Glycerine – Vegetable glycerine
Phospholipid – Lecithin vegetable derived
Ceramide NP – Stearoyl phytosphingosine
Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate – Olive emulsifier
Cetyl alcohol – Naturally derived thickener.
Panthenol – Vitamin B5
Sclerocarya birrea – Marula fruit oil
Adansonia digitata – Baobab seed oil
Squalane – Olive derived lipid
Tocopherol – Vitamin E
Sodium levulinate & sodium anisate – Naturally derived preservative
Cholesterol – Plant-derived lipid