Do you suffer from dry skin?
Does it get irritated easily and often flakes?
Then, chances are, your skin could be depleted of its natural oil lipids.
Lipids are our natural protective oils that are essential for maintaining the integrity of your skin.
This is due to their ability to form a barrier between the living cell and the outside world.
Lipids are are used as building blocks for membranes, and have very specific functions such as preventing extreme dryness, which they do by forming a barrier and preventing the evaporation of water.
They essentially work like bricks and mortar; a type of inter-cellular cement that fills gaps between the skin cells. Their role is purely protective; helping to prevent water from escaping from the skin’s tissues, keeping it plump and hydrated..
This article looks at barrier function in more detail.
Understanding Lipids Found in the Skin
50% ceramides: These help to maintain the water permeability of the barrier function
25% cholesterol: These keep our skin soft and supple
10% fatty acids: These help to maintain a healthy skin
Lipids fulfill very specific functions. They prevent desiccation, which is extreme dryness, by forming a barrier and preventing water evaporation.
Ageing also has an effect on the composition of lipids. Studies have shown a significant decline in ceramide and sterol components, with an increase in fatty acid composition in aged skin.
Changes in the season also impact barrier lipids; leading to dryness, roughness, and increased trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). A reduction in ceramides generally leads to an increase in skin sensitivity and irritability
Treating the skin when lipids get out of balance
Ideally, you need to use formulae that contain the correct ratio of lipids.
The Naked Chemist products, including Fortify Barrier Repair Cream and Bio Lipid Complex, contain the right type of lipids; ones that fill the inter-cellular gaps and stay put on the area of the skin they are required for.
Are some skin care products more effective then others?
The simple answer is, yes.
However, in order to understand how lipids are introduced into the skin, we are going to have to get a bit technical!
Most skincare creams are formulated with thick emulsifiers. The problem is, emulsifiers actually cancel out the positive effects of these important lipids. They can have completely the adverse effect, literally drawing lipids away from the skin.
It is possible to create an emulsion with hardly any emulsifiers; I do this by including emulsifying thickeners in my formulas.
If you suffer from a dry skin, my ceramide-rich formulae will help you get the best results from your cream, by delivering the all-important lipids to where your skin requires it the most.