Okay, I am not suggesting you go out and buy a piece of fat from the grocery and rub it on your skin (yuck). However, high end skincare products are now available that provide the "fat glue" (Fats) our skin loses over time due to age and irritation that can make our skin weaker as a barrier and ultimately lead to moisture loss and dry, irritated skin.
The Demographics : our skin is comprised of layers of skin cells . We want to think of the skin cells as "Bricks" to keep the "Bricks" together we need the mortar (fat glue) ...the "Glue/Mortar" are the Fats : Ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. This beautiful "fat glue" acts as a sealant of sorts by preventing moisture to be evaporated from our skin and keeps the skin smooth , intact and supple.
The following is a list of some of the most common causes of lipid barrier disruption
- Age-related decrease in lipid production.
- Harsh cleansers
- Products that dry and strip skin oils. (alcohol-based toners, Purell, etc.,)
- Excessive physical or chemical exfoliation
- Hot water
- Excessive sweating
- Dry air
- Chronic, unprotected sun exposure
- Diet lacking in essential fatty acids
- Medication side effects (antihistamines, lipid or cholesterol-lowering medication)
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Frequent exposure to chlorinated pool water.
So, lipids are disappearing from your skin, maybe even as you read this !!! Is the heat on? The rub (lol) you can buy lipids and literally just rub them into your skin. The lipids ( ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol) in high end beauty products are the spitting image of the real deal (a.k.a. skin identical). So go ahead and enjoy the benefits of lipids for a truly healthy and effective treatment for your skin! Skin Health Plus offers a Lux Lipid Therapy Serum for face, hands and body that will replenish your lost lipids . The Lux Lipid Serum is a non-scented serum packed with peptides, lipids and cholesterol that your skin will literally just soak up.
Health and Happiness,
Mary McGovern BSN, R.N., CNOR