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The Skin Barrier
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The Skin Barrier
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin’s surface (stratum corneum), and it consists of cells and lipids (fats). It has a bricks and mortar structure. The bricks are the corneocytes (dried out, non-living skin cells that are ready to shed). The mortar (cement holding the bricks together) is the intercellular matrix, which is composed of lipids.
The Importance of the Lipid Barrier
The lipids in the ‘mortar’ are responsible for maintaining skin hydration, firmness, and softness. It is commonly referred to as the lipid barrier.
The lipid barrier minimizes water loss and is essential for strong, healthy, hydrated skin. It performs 3 important functions:
- traps water molecules and prevents the passage of water out of the Stratum corneum
- prevents Natural Moisturizing Factors from leaching out
- prevents environmental chemicals and biological irritants from entering skin
After the age of 40, the amount of lipids decreases significantly. This is why we are more prone to dry skin as we age.
The lipid barrier is composed of 50% ceramides, 25% cholesterol, and 15% free fatty acids.
How to Maintain a Strong Barrier Function
It is important to maintain a strong Barrier Function for healthy skin. It is even more important if you have sensitive skin.
- Avoid potential irritants and allergens
- Avoid harsh cleansers
- Avoid environmental conditions that cause sensitivity (such as high heat, dry air, bitter cold, strong wind)
- Repair the lipid barrier with barrier repair ingredients that replace lipids that are lost.
- Protect lipids from lipid oxidation by using sunscreen regularly and an antioxidant product (serum, moisturizer) in the daytime.
Environ® hydrating oil Capsules
These capsules are rich in ingredients to repair the skin barrier:
- Sunflower seed oil and soybean oil: improve skin hydration by spurring the production of ceramides and cholesterol, two key components of the skin barrier.
- Phytosterol is a plant sterol similar to cholesterol found in the skin barrier
- Beta-sitosterol: A fatty acid-type ingredient derived from plants. Beta-sitosterol occurs naturally in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is similar to cholesterol, which occurs naturally in skin.
- Vitamin C, Vitamin E and green tea: are antioxidants protecting from sun damage, pollution, and stress.
You should use the Environ oil capsules after your Environ moisturizer and before your sunscreen.
They are your best friend to preserve your skin barrier!
This month, you get
Environ® hydrating oil Capsules
Colostrum: A powerful Anti-aging Secret
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is a breast fluid produced by humans, cows, and other mammals before breast milk is released. Unlike regular breast milk, colostrum contains high levels of antibodies that help offer the nursing baby immune protection from infections. It has much higher concentrations of fats and proteins to nourish the newborns. Colostrum is rich in amino-acids, lactalbumin, growth factors, and immune factors.
What does it mean for your skin?
Growth factors, lactalbumin, and amino acids promote the formation of collagen and elastin. After few months of use, the skin gets thicker and smoother.
Immune factors have an anti-inflammatory effect. The colostrum calms any inflammation. It is excellent for sensitive skin; it calms the inflammation due to acne.
Who should use a Colostrum Cream?
Colostrum is excellent for any skin. It is particularly indicated for aged skins, for those who have thin skins and wish to thicken their skin and build up collagen. As people pass their 40’s, their hormone levels drop and they have lower concentrations of growth factors in their organs, the growth factors normally found in colostrum will stimulate the growth of the epidermis and dermis. It is excellent for calming sensitive or inflamed skin.
Environ Vita-Enriched Colostrum Gel
This revitalizing serum contains a high concentration of bovine colostrum and it is enriched with vitamins and a variety of antioxidants, including green tea, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It assists in improving the appearance of fine lines and sun-damaged skin while leaving skin looking more youthful and radiant. It improves the appearance of problematic and sensitive skin. This firming serum is lightly fragranced with lavender, which helps to create a sense of peace and harmony.
This month, you get 10% off your Environ Colostrum Gel
There are many ways aging creeps into our appearance, from fine lines around the eyes to dark spots. One often overlooked yet highly frustrating place this happens is our neck. The formation of lines and eventually, sagging skin, can add years to our appearance.
Luckily, there are many preventative measures you can take to keep neck lines from forming using techniques for neck skincare.
1. Wear Your Sunscreen On Your Neck
Ultraviolet rays and especially UVA rays are a nightmare for the collagen and elastin in your skin. You should wear your sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. UVA rays have a longer wavelength than UVB rays and are able to pass through clouds and glass. Although they are less intense than UVB rays, UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation on earth. Due to its longer wavelength, UVA radiation penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin (dermal layers) where wrinkles are formed. Both UVA and UVB radiation play a role in the development of skin cancers. SPF rating on a sun lotion only refers to protection against UVB rays. You need a broad spectrum UVA, UVB sunscreen.
2. Nourish Your Skin With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the “good guys” when it comes to helping to protect and prevent skin damage. The benefits and efficacy of antioxidants have been extensively researched and verified. “Antioxidants work by speeding up the skin's natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage,” says Karen E. Burke, MD, PhD, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's department of dermatology. Antioxidants are a group of beneficial nutrients – vitamins, minerals and enzymes – that can minimize the damaging processes in cells by neutralizing the free radicals.
By topically applying skin care products with antioxidants, the skin is defended and protected, so that the building blocks of collagen can continue in a normal and healthy way. In the complex cellular structure of our skin, many antioxidants have their own specific benefits, but are also intertwined in their action; so they should be used together to get their best effects.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Resveratrol, Rooibos, Honeybush and Green Tea Extracts are the main antioxidants. You find these antioxidants in the Environ skin care products.
3. Use a Neck Mask To Help Firm Your Skin
The Environ Tri Bio-Botanical Revival Masque Specifically formulated with a revolutionary combination of three powerful ingredients, this face mask does wonders! This dynamic masque leaves the skin feeling smoother and looking younger with a healthy radiance. Lactic Acid increases the look of hydration in the skin and it is known to lighten the appearance of pigmented marks. Asiatic Acid helps to increase the look of regenerated skin. Mandelic Acid is useful in rejuvenating the appearance of pigmented areas. Use the mask every day overnight. “Roll” your face with the Environ microneedling device to enhance the effect.
Institut Esthederm Lift and Repair Instant Repulp Mask This mask has an Instant tightening effect on the surface and smoothing of the micro-relief of the skin. Deeply repairs, restructures, regenerates and firms the skin on the neck. To apply three times a week.
Series of Light Environ TCA Peeling Once or twice a year a series of light TCA peels will give wonderful results on the creepiness and fine lines on the neck. You should prepare your skin with the Environ Vitamin Skin care products for at least a month before the peeling. A Series of 4 or 6 treatments is necessary to obtain the result with this light peel.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Did you know that staying hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking healthy and supple? It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest ways to guarantee better-looking skin in your neck area and beyond. In addition to drinking plenty of water, the foods you eat can be an incredible source of hydration. Stock up on watermelon, celery, cucumbers, and other foods with high water content to stay hydrated effortlessly.
If you already have neck lines, all hope is not lost, as there are also ways to get rid of them once they have formed.
Environ Ionzyme DF Infusion : a non-surgical option to lift and firm the neck. This machine enhances the penetration of active ingredients into the skin. Vitamins A & C as well as peptides stimulate the collagen production. The Environ Frown serum, a cocktail of peptides with Botox like effects, relaxes the superficial neck muscle to reduce the vertical lines. [Learn More]
CoolLifting : The CO2 gas helps for the delivery of a hyaluronic acid serum deeper into the skin (equivalent to filler injection) It plumps and smooths the lines. [Learn More]
Mobi M6 Endermolift: A device developed by the French beauty and wellness brand LPG is an exclusive anti- ageing technique that uses mechanical stimulation of the skin delivered via micro massages. The machine has different settings to effectively stimulate youth cells, restarting the natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid and reduce the fat accumulated in the chin area. The Endermolift redraws your youthful face contours and gets rid of the double chin for a perfect jawline.
Fleur de Paris Spa exists to make your skin look more gorgeous, but the truth is, beauty is so much more than just skin deep. Today, more than ever before, people are seeking balance between inner and outer wellness and seeking products and services that promote this holistic goal. This Mother’s Day, we’re inspired to celebrate the little things that bring joy and peace—because when you’re glowing on the inside, you can’t help but radiate on the outside!
For Mother’s Day—and every day—here’s a brief
“To Do List” for boosting your bliss:
Set aside some “me time”
Being a mom is rewarding, but let’s face it—you probably don’t get a lot of “me time!” Whether you decide to do yoga, meditate, or just read a book, setting aside "me time" relaxes you and can lower stress levels. Lower stress can mean healthier skin!
Cuddle a four-legged friend
Did you know that petting a puppy actually releases oxytocin in the brain? That’s the love hormone, and it can make you and your pup feel adored and happy! Don’t have a pet? Do some volunteer hours at your local animal shelter and enjoy the feel-good vibe.
Sleep in this weekend
Getting enough sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. If your daily grind has you getting up before the sun, give yourself a few extra hours of Z’s this weekend!
Scheduling a massage or facial or purchasing high-quality skin care products to bring out your inner glow will give you even more reasons to smile! (Plus, your skin will thank you!)