Stratum Corneum – protecting our internal environment
When looking at skin care products to protect skin while also allowing the skins natural processes to play their part in functioning as our largest organ, doesn’t it make sense to look at the skins natural functions and mimic them as closely as possible in skin care products.
Previous posts have discussed a few important Vitamins that play a role in healthy skin function and as our diet is lacking in these crucial nutrients, it makes sense to provide them topically, but what about the in-between bits? The cream that acts as a vehicle for these active vitamins?
If you look at what the skins major role is, it is one of ‘protection’ from outside influences that can potentially cause harm to our inner environment. When considering skin care products therefore; we need to mimic the natural protective function of the skin, while delivering actives to ‘feed’ the living cells.
The outer most layer of our skin, the Stratum Corneum, acts as a protective shield however, many products and environmental factors leave this barrier inadequately defending our internal body structures by having a detrimental effect on the membrane that covers is a part of the Stratum Corneum.
Ingredients containing the correct chemical composition need to be similar to that of the skins membrane and their structure needs to be identical without modifying the natural membrane structure of the skin.
It is now known that products containing certain ’emulsifiers’ which are used to combine the oil and water in skin care products may prove to be an inadequate consideration as they change the structure of this crucial membrane.
So, what is the alternative? Well, unfortunately Mother Nature has provided us with only a few natural emulsifiers such as Lecithin and egg yolk and these are unable to perform when manufacturing at a commercial level. Ingredients like; Posphatidylcholine will stabilise the oil and water in products and also mimic the skins natural membrane, providing the protection of skin cells and allowing our skin to function correctly.
Many skin conditions can be corrected just by repairing the barrier function of the skin and it is now recognised as a priority when Dermal Clinicians are looking at treating certain barrier impairment conditions. The term ‘Corneotherapy‘ is now used when we treat many dermatological cornification disorders and you will now start to see the focus shift to this in many skin care clinics.
A German skin care company, Dermaviduals, known for its innovative products, specialises in products that provide the skin with DMS – Derma Membrane Structure science using ingredients that are skin identical.
Obviously, all Skin Care professionals will now need to incorporate Corneotherapy into their clients home care prescriptives and clinic treatment regime.
I love this industry and the innovative companies and professionals that strive to achieve a healthier, happier and more gorgeous skin for our clients.
Have you tried Corneotherapy? I would love to hear your thoughts…………….
A happy, healthy skin!