May 12, 2016
Your body needs fat. The walls of your cells are made of it, and if they aren’t replenished with fatty acids (the kind that can’t be made by your body), then cell function is impaired.
Yet fat has been demonised for 50 years. Generations have grown up believing that lipids are an enemy to be avoided at all costs. This kind of thinking is now outdated, and skin care professionals, along with other medical experts, see a place for lipids in a healthy skin care regime.
For example, it is now well understood that dry skin isn’t simply caused by loss of water. The critical factor is a loss of the natural oils your skin needs in order to retain water. Without sufficient oil in the skin, the water barrier starts to break down, leading to water loss and all the bad things that follow.
If your skin tends towards dryness there are a number of measures you can take. Don’t spend too much time in dry, heated environments and beware of harsh soaps. Moisturising creams also have their place.
We include lanolin in our products, as it’s a naturally occurring fatty substance that helps protect skin. Many experts agree on its beneficial qualities:
[Lanolin’s] moisturizing properties are highly valued in a number of skin care treatments because it penetrates deeper into dry skin, and doesn’t just moisturize, but also creates a barrier in the underlying layers of skin to prevent moisture from escaping. This keeps skin supple longer, which means that those who use lanolin cream don’t have to apply it as often.
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