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What are lipids in skincare, and how can they help my skin?

One of the most beneficial, but often overlooked, ingredients to seek in a facial moisturiser are lipids. But what are lipids, and how can they help improve the complexion and prevent premature ageing?

What are lipids?

Lipids actually occur naturally on the skin, and include fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. ​​​​​​​​

Why are lipids important for my skin?

​​​​​​​​Lipids play the incredibly important role of helping to maintain skin elasticity and firmness, repair and protect the skin barrier, protect the skin from external aggressors and help block impurities from getting in. A compromised skin barrier can lead to dryness, irritation and inflammation, which can result in premature ageing.

Why should I look for lipids in my skincare?

We are born with plentiful lipids (imagine a baby’s soft bouncy cheeks), but ageing as well as lifestyle factors including diet, alcohol, harsh cleansers and pollution, can diminish the skin’s lipid supply. ​​​​​​​​
But the good news is, we can topically apply lipids to our skin to replenish our skin's lipid barrier and help prevent premature ageing.​​​​​​​​ Look for a moisturiser that contains lipids, or specific types of lipids such as fatty acids or oils, ceramides or cholesterol. 
The Ultimate Moisturiser contains a patented, non-comedogenic lipid complex carefully formulated in the same ratio as lipids on healthy young skin.