Yes, there are. The skin’s surface is made of lipids (fatty substances), proteins, and keratins. They are involved in cell-to-cell signaling and are the glue that hold your skin cells together. Healthy skin is like a strong brick wall with the lipids and proteins as pliable mortar. As we age, the pliable lipid barrier starts to break down and harden, transepidermal water loss (hydration function) is reduced, and chemicals, allergens, bacteria are likely to penetrate the skin causing irritation and inflammation…the beginning of many skin care issues which could lead to acne, sensitized skin, etc.
So how do the highly hydrophobic lipids and proteins on the skin’s surface get nourished with a face oil, a serum, and/or a moisturizer?
A moisturizer is a complex mixture of chemical agents specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. They increase the skin's hydration by reducing evaporation. A good moisturizer should contain a balance of beneficial ingredients but its high-water content makes it ineffective in penetrating the skin’s hydrophobic lipid barrier.
A serum typically has a higher concentration of research-proven active ingredients and significantly less water content, allowing it to penetrate the lipid barrier. Our Hydrating Facial Serum is meticulously formulated with 49 skin-transforming age-fighting ingredients that include plant phytosterols, bioactive plant peptides, and essential phospholipids allowing it to penetrate the lipid barrier and deliver nutrients that soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help skin appear firmer, and boost skin collagen and elastin production from within.
A face oil is an anhydrous (no water content) moisturizer composed of essential fatty acids. If you want to repair your lipid barrier, feed it essential fatty acids. Because plant oils have high amounts of essential fatty acids, they penetrate the lipid barrier easily and make for an excellent moisturizer. Our Regenerating Face Oil is precisely formulated with 33 fast-absorbing nutrient-rich indigenous plant oils to repair the lipid barrier, instantly soften and smooth, restore lost radiance, and lock in all-day moisture.
Essential fatty acids in
face oils are useful for acne-prone and oily skin types to correct excess sebum
production. Acne is often the result of seborrhea
which can be traced back to a hormonal imbalance and becomes complicated with
secondary infection from bacteria. Harsh acne treatments are typically used and
leave skin extremely dry. Over-cleansing oily skin with harsh cleansers or
astringents that contain alcohol strips the skin’s surface and causes the
sebaceous glands to overcompensate and produce more fat for the lack of it. This
occurs as oily patches which leave the skin shining. Our Regenerating Face Oil has
the capacity to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and gently start to
correct the imbalance of sebum production for both acne-prone and oily skin