If you care about wrinkles, moisture loss, or loss of elasticity in your skin, then listen up…it’s time to talk about your lipid barrier.
We know that our skin is always hard at work, but the hardest working part of our skin is the upper most layer, made up in large part by the lipid barrier. Think of it as the caretaker/lookout for the skin – the front-line worker whose most important job is stopping potential aggressors from passing through the skin and to protect all the goodness that lies beneath.
Also known as the moisture barrier, the lipid barrier is found in the Stratum Corneum – the outermost layer of the epidermis and is made up of layers of dead skin cells and lipids. Lipids are the skin’s natural fats and there are two different kinds – epidermal and sebaceous. Think of it as a brick wall where the skin cells act as bricks and the lipids act as the cement, keeping the bricks (or skin cells) together. It is this structure that keeps the moisture in our skin while protecting us against environmental factors, bacteria and allergens so the healthier the barrier, the better!
When our skin lipid barrier is working at optimal levels, it retains water and maintains vital hydration, making our skin strong yet flexible. It’s that elasticity and bounce that keeps skin look smoother, firmer and glowing. When the lipid barrier is not working, skin looks and feels dry and dull…even scaly. If you have issues with your skin like increased sensitivity, irritation, redness, itching or breakouts you can’t seem to get rid of – it’s very possible that your lipid barrier has been compromised or damaged.
Like everything else, our lipid barrier weakens with age. But the good news is that there are things we can do to help repair and build up the skin lipid barrier - avoid harsh cleansers and over exfoliation, protect against extreme weather conditions (wind andsevere temperatures), and always wear sunscreen just to name a few.
Additionally, our lifestyle and diet play a key role here – stress, too much sugar, lack of sleep – all the things we’ve talked about before can affect the skin lipid barrier’s ability to repair itself. Adding a supplement that provides ingestible ceramides, like Glotrition’s NEW Beauty Booster Shot RESTORE, is another great way to help support our lipid barrier from the inside out.
RESTORE contains a plant- based ceramide that is clinically proven to strengthen the lipid barrier, reduce wrinkles and increase skin hydration in just 4 weeks. The blend also includes goji berry, known to promote collagen and elastin production, and elderberry, an immune boosting antioxidant. It’s so easy to add to your routine – just add 2 droppers full to your Super Beauty Elixir or beverage of choice.
Our lipid barrier is just one more thing that benefits from a healthy beauty wellness