Does your skin feel one size too 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; what this means is that it has a non-existent hydrolipid 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 skin’s 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 return your skin to a youthful, healthy glow.
What are Lipids?
The stratum corneum, your outer layer of skin, sits between lipid layers 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.
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.
H₂O Hydrating Complex works by creating a water reservoir in the bilayers; solving the cause, instead of simply treating the symptoms.
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 skin’s tissues.
- These lipids are composed of sugar, or monosaccharides, and fat
- They form an important component of cell membranes and ceramides
- These help to coat cellular walls
- They form a barrier that holds skin and water content in place
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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 great examples of such oils
- Avocado oil has repairing properties, due to its high levels of phytosterols
- Sunflower seed oil, naturally contains repairing ceramides
- It helps to make up the skin’s 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 Truth
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 person’s skin.
So use tried and tested anti-inflammatory botanicals and pair these with more sophisticated ingredients that address the nervous response.