Have you heard beauty companies talk about skin-identical ingredients?
If so, you may have wondered what they are.
What are skin-identical ingredients?
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The term “skin-identical” is relatively new in the beauty industry. The idea is that these ingredients are similar to those already found in the skin. This means that the skin can absorb and utilize them more easily and efficiently.
When you think of a child’s skin, you can see that the skin begins with everything it needs to look its best. It’s smooth, soft and flawless.
Over the years, skin tends to suffer a lot of wear and tear. It can become difficult to keep up with the repair demands. The older we get, the less efficiently our skin produces collagen, elastin, and the other ingredients it needs to look its best.
Skin can also become hypersensitive to certain things over time. It may develop allergies to fragrances or preservatives, be more sensitive to pollen and other allergens, or break out more easily if you use harsh scrubs or other products.
Therefore, as the skin ages, it helps return some of the helpful and repairing ingredients it had when it was young. Nourishing your skin with things it once produced so well on its own can help keep it looking healthy and youthful as you age.
These are skin-identical ingredients—ingredients so similar to those that skin used to make (or still makes to some extent) that it recognizes them immediately and can use them immediately.
What do skin-identical ingredients do?
When you use skin-identical ingredients in your skincare routine, you support your skin’s natural function with compounds it recognizes and needs. Adequate amount of these ingredients will help improve the skin’s ability to renew, refine and repair itself to maintain an age-defying complexion.
Because skin-identical ingredients are either the same or similar to those found naturally in the skin, they are instantly recognized when applied topically. The skin knows how to use them and does so efficiently.
Skin-identical ingredients in your skincare products also reduce the risk of you suffering from reactions. Even sensitive skin gets along well with skin-identical ingredients, as they recognize them and tend not to perceive them as dangerous or harmful.
If you regularly use skin-identical ingredients, you will see the following benefits:
- Increased hydration
- Improved barrier function
- Prolonged fullness
- Antioxidant protection
- Delayed onset of aging
- Less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduced skin roughness
- Restoring the skin’s suppleness
- Improved skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis
- Reduced skin reactivity and sensitivity
Types of skin-identical ingredients
The skin itself consists of:
- Tallow: Sebum is the skin’s natural oil or moisturizer. It is made up of 45 percent triglycerides, 25 percent wax esters, 12 percent squalene, 10 percent fatty acids, and 4 percent cholesterol.
- Epidermis: This is the outer layer of the skin. It consists of about 30-35 percent fatty acids, 30-35 percent ceramides and 30-35 percent cholesterol.
Based on what we know about skin so far and what we have been able to develop in terms of skin care ingredients, you can find skin identical ingredients in the following categories.
These help keep skin soft and supple, moisturizing and smoothing the outer layer. They also act as anti-inflammatory agents, reverse skin sensitivity, aid in wound healing, and protect against photoaging. Fatty acids found in skin are also found in natural oils, butters, squalene and waxes.
Ceramides (lipids) are a class of fatty acids that make up about 50 percent of the skin’s outer barrier. Healthy skin contains many of these, but they decrease with age. This leads to dry skin and a disrupted barrier. When you have enough ceramides, they provide an effective barrier against water loss and help skin protect itself from pathogens and UV radiation.
Another type of fat, cholesterol, helps keep the outer layer hydrated while trapping moisture so it can’t escape. It is one of the most important lipids (fats) in the skin and plays a role in maintaining barrier integrity.
Natural moisturizing factor
This is part of the skin’s own sebum. It consists of components that attract water from the atmosphere, bind it and thus draw it into the cells. Ingredients that mimic the action of these components include:
- Hyaluronic Acid: This compound binds water and keeps it on the skin. Found in small amounts in the skin, it helps keep the outer wall of cells hydrated.
- Glycerin: This moisturizer also helps retain water and keeps skin nicely hydrated.
- Proteins and Amino Acids: Structural proteins in the skin naturally decrease over time. Replenishing these proteins can help support collagen synthesis and rebuild the structural matrix.
Common skin-identical ingredients
Some common skin-identical ingredients that you may find on the ingredient label are:
- hyaluronic acid
- natural oils
- Natural Butter (Shea Butter)
- amino acids
- vitamin E
- Sodium PCA
All of our products at CV Skinlabs are formulated with skin-identical ingredients. These formulas allow the skin to receive the nutrients it needs without irritation, sensitization, toxicity or other side effects. Also, the solutions strengthen the outer barrier and help protect the skin while keeping it hydrated and radiant.
If your skin is dry, irritated, sensitive, has acne breakouts, is red, inflamed or is aging quickly, try our products. Your skin can absorb and utilize them quickly, and you’ll likely notice a positive change within a few weeks!
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