The skin barrier is the outermost layer of our skin known as the epidermis / stratum corneum. It is a protective envelope and our first line of defense to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and protect against toxins and external aggressors that can damage our skin and cause infections and inflammation. It's as simple as the skin on fruits and vegetables, once it's damaged bacteria and toxins can enter and potentially harm the inside of the fruit.
A Compromised Skin Barrier Can Cause
- Dryness, flaking, dehydration
- Redness, sensitivity
- Dull complexion
- Breakouts and inflammation
Choosing Products to Protect the Skin Barrier
Squalane is a natural substance in our skin, however with aging levels decline. It is one of the highest quality and most versatile and stable emollients. It is an exceptional non-comedogenic moisturizer, preventing moisture loss and imparting suppleness and flexibility to skin. Squalane provides a silky, smooth and luxurious touch, without a greasy, heavy after feel.
Vitamin B-5 Hydrating Serum
Two key ingredients in the serum are Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) and Vitamin B-5.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) has a small molecular size making it especially penetrative, and is able to hold more water than any other natural substance — up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This ingredient has been shown to boost skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation and help prevent moisture loss.
Vitamin B-5 (Panthenol) is an excellent humectant that helps retain moisture. Its molecular structure allows it to attract moisture from the atmosphere and bind to water molecule while also soothing redness and inflammation.
Niacinamide is a key ingredient in this multi-purpose serum and a powerhouse ingredient that has been clinically proven to improve the skin barrier function. It helps produce ceramides to improve hydration and reduce TEWL, increase collagen production, inhibit excess sebum production, help improve discolorations, in addition to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
An integral ingredient in this moisturizer is Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract. In clinical studies this ingredient has been shown to rejuvenate the skin matrix thanks to its growth factor-like activity to preserve and protect the skin.
Rose Foaming Cream Cleanser
This gentle, hydrating cleanser is formulated with Saccharide Isomerate. Studies have shown Saccharide Isomerate significantly reduces TEWL and repairs skin barrier resulting in smoother, softer skin and reduces flaking and irritation.