Updated: May 15, 2021
Understanding what to buy when choosing products can be quite overwhelming and a bit confusing, but if you're familiar with the essential elements of your skin, you can begin to make educated choices.
Collagen & Elastin Fibers
Collagen is the main component of your skin, in fact, more than 70% of the skin consists of collagen, and it is the foundation of your skin’s structure. The role of collagen is to hold water in the skin, therefore improving hydration.
Healthy and youthful skin produces an abundance of collagen to become supple, strong, and vibrant.
Another important protein is elastin. Its role is to hold the collagen fibers together – a bit like a rubber band – to give the skin resilience and firmness. As we get older, collagen loses its ability to hold water and causes the skin to become thinner and susceptible to dryness, imbalance, and wrinkles.
Conversely, the elastin fibers thicken thereby causing lesions that break up these fibers and skin laxity, therefore making the signs of aging more noticeable.
Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF)
The skin’s upper layers are made of 30% of elements that help retain water, called the natural moisturizing factors.
Natural moisturizing factors (NMF) are ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. While the oil and fat components of skin prevent evaporation and provide lubrication to the surface of skin, it is actually the intercellular matrix, along with the skin’s lipid content, that gives skin a good deal of its surface texture and feel.
The intercellular matrix is the first defense against water loss. When we lack NMF and lipids the skin feels rough, flaky, and sometimes tight and uncomfortable. Furthermore, when the upper layer of the skin is impaired the healing process is also impaired.
NMF is a group of ingredients such as amino acids, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, fatty acids, urea to name but a few.
Ingredients that mimic the lipid content of skin include apricot oil, canola oil, coconut oil, corn oil, and jojoba oil – all of which are quite beneficial in making dry skin look and feel better.
Having your skin evaluated by a professional can also be an excellent resource to help you chose products that are appropriate for you.
An esthetician can decide what products they want to retail based on the ingredients and science behind a product in order to offer you results, not empty promises!
Book a facial treatment at Facial Angle today to kickstart your skincare journey.