The Skin/Wellness Connection: Creating the Optimal Skin Barrier

  Lydia Sarfati, Repêchage

Immunoaging and compromised skin conditions have become buzzwords in the beauty industry, but their implications are much more far-reaching than cosmetic. In fact, the latest research has found that maintaining a proper moisture barrier may have a direct link to maintaining overall health and wellness. A recent pilot study found that treatment with a reparative skin cream lowered cytokine levels—substances, such as interferon, interleukin and growth factors, which are secreted by certain cells of the immune system and have an effect on other cells—linked to Alzheimer’s, heart disease and diabetes.1

Although these finding are still in development, this validates and codifies what estheticians and skin care experts have known intrinsically all along: that proper maintenance of the skin is integral to maintaining a person’s overall wellness.

Here, we’ll examine the essential elements of a skin barrier, the intrinsic and extrinsic forces that compromise it, and discuss ingredients for helping to restore and maintain this essential component of the skin.

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