Let's take a look into skin lipids, and the importance they hold for our skin!
What are skin lipids?
Lipids are the skin’s natural fats. There are 2 kinds of lipids: epidermal and sebaceous.
- Epidermal lipids are a mix composed of ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol.
- Sebaceous lipids include triglycerides, wax esters, and squalene.
What are the signs of a compromised skin lipid barrier?
There are a lot of factors that could contribute to a sensitive or damaged lipid barrier, like over-cleansing, over-exfoliating, product overload, pollutants, sun exposure and more. You'll know your barrier is at risk when you experience any soreness, irritation, swelling, redness, dryness, itching, or breakouts.
How can you repair a damaged skin lipid barrier?
When your skin barrier is damaged, it will need some time to get back to its normal state. One way to improve your skin is to start eliminating products or ingredients in your routine that may be causing negative reactions. If it's a severe reaction, we recommend to seek medical attention. Once your skin is recovered, then slowly start to reintroduce products and observe how your skin reacts.
We formulated all of our products, but especially Superfood Facial Dew with natural botanical oils that are similar in structure to our own skin lipids. Therefore our skin is willing to accept them and utilize all the wonderful benefits these oils hold.