The Science Behind Medical-Grade Moisturizers
CosMedical Technologies’ moisturizers do more than just improve the hydration of skin. Instead, they reinforce a healthy skin barrier, preventing water loss and improving firmness.
What Is The Skin Barrier?
The outer layers of skin are made up of corneocytes and a lipid bilayer in a brick-and-mortar type architecture. The corneocytes are like bricks that store water; the lipids are like mortar that hold the corneocytes together, preventing water from seeping out. When we talk about the skin barrier, this moisture-retaining “wall” is what we’re referring to.
Particularly as skin ages, the skin barrier can lose its structure. With less organization, it becomes less dense and corneocytes drift further apart, making it easier for water to leak out — like a wall where the bricks are spread out further and further, the barrier breaks down. This makes it harder for irritated or older skin to stay hydrated.
Hydration And Dryness
It’s simple: healthy skin requires a healthy skin barrier.
If the skin barrier remains strong, then skin will stay hydrated. Properly hydrated skin is firmer and denser, helping eliminate lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and it glows brighter and feels smoother.
If the barrier is weak, on the other hand, then skin will appear dry, dull, rough and clammy, and it becomes more prone to visible signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles.
Environment plays an important role in skin health. During the winter, for example, the air is drier both indoors and outdoors, causing skin to lose moisture more easily and deteriorate. An abundance of HEV light from screens and artificial lighting can also damage the skin barrier.
The Role Of Moisturizers
Skincare products can be applied to help preserve the strength, function and density of the skin’s corneocytes and lipid bilayer, counteracting these environmental challenges and reinforcing the barrier to keep skin hydrated and vibrant.
Here are a few examples of how our medical-grade moisturizers can accomplish that:
There are a number of ways to keep skin hydrated and healthy, and the best moisturizing product for your patients will vary depending on their needs. Ultimately, all our medical-grade moisturizers work by reinforcing the skin barrier to help preserve water for brighter, beautiful skin.
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