What Does That Mean?
- What ingredient in the product will actually smooth out the skin?
- Is the exfoliation method correct for your skin type and condition?
- Will it damage your skin’s Natural Moisture Function (NMF) barrier?
- Do you have to use additional products to help your skin repair itself once the cell rejuvenation process has started?
Keep This In Mind !!
What is the Natural Moisture Function Barrier?
The moisture barrier is part of the epidermis. The epidermis (skin) is actually several layers. The visible layer you see is called the stratum corneum, it’s the protective layer, the “moisture barrier” or “lipid barrier.”
Even though the epidermis is rows of dead cells, the stratum corneum is very important because it provides a vital shield against outside assault to the “true skin”, the dermis. It’s assignment, keep moisture in and bad bacteria out.
The stratum corneum consists of dead skin cells (Corneocytes) and stacked lipid bilayers consisting of a combination of lactic acid, urea, salts, amino acid, enzymes, structural proteins, and antimicrobial peptides that impact the skin’s (NMF) barrier.
The NMF barrier system is fragile. Once disturbed it can possibility lead to one or more of the following conditions: dehydration, stinging, inflammation, sensitization, pigmentation, rosacea, premature aging and acne.
Most people don’t associate a lack of moisture with acne, but the skin is programmed to keep itself hydrated. When the moisture barrier is compromised, the body will try to repair itself by increasing sebum production to compensate for the water moisture loss.
I Repeat Healthy Moisture Barrier=Healthy Skin......
Protect your skin’s health,Avoid substances and actions that remove vital moisture from your skin’s barrier. Research has shown lipids and natural moisture function will decrease naturally with age.
- Cleansers with ingredients that include Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Amonium Laureth Sulfate
- Sun exposure without sunscreen
- Overusing home care to exfoliate, such as scrubs, peels and treatment masks
- Overuse of certain ingredients like glycolic, salicylic, some alcohols or the use of fragrances
- Insufficient water consumption
- Overuse of salt intake or alcohol
To Repair The Natural Moisture Function Barrier
- Use an antioxidant-rich sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater everyday.
- Incorporate skin repairing ingredients to your home care routine.
Humectants are substances that promote retention of moisture. They attracts water outward to the stratum corneum from the dermis.
Hyaluronic acid is an excellent humectant. It works by attracting up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water moisture to the outer epidermis.
Occlusive ingredient keeps skin hydrated by locking in moisture. Look for non-comedogeneic occlusives like:
Silicones - Silicones are occlusive with a light texture. They are often used in makeup priming products because their powdery finish leaves a smooth surface.
Squalane - found in olives and wheat germ. It is non-comedogenic because it is similar to human sebum.
Niacinamide - B vitamin that offers multiple topical benefits. It’s an exceptional occlusive because it doesn’t just sit on the surface, it helps stimulate the production of the skin’s natural lipids. Niacinamide is also an anti-inflammatory antioxidant agent.
A healthy lifestyle is very important if you want to maintain your skin’s NMF barrier. Unhealthy choices and improper skin care product usage can lead to a comprised skin moisture barrier.
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