The new treatment, Triple Lipid 2:4:2, from Skinceuticals has been developed to correct the changes to the skin barrier that come with age. Though this might not sound as enticing as products that target lines, firmness and pigmentation, having a healthy skin barrier should be everyone’s primary skincare goal.
The skin barrier is the surface layers of the skin and, to put it simply, its role is to keep the good stuff in and keep the bad stuff out. When the barrier function is working well skin is smooth, plump, hydrated and generally healthy. However, there are many things that can disrupt the balance of the skin barrier function such as temperature extremes, skincare that dries and irritates the skin and the physiological changes that come with age.
A weakened skin barrier leads to dry, dull, uneven textured skin that’s more vulnerable to irritants, aggressors etc. and it ages faster. Any reputable dermatologist would aim to repair and strengthen the skin barrier before prescribing retinoids or recommending heavy duty treatments such as peels or lasers. It really is that important.
Previously, products used to repair the skin barrier function relied heavily on ceramides. However, as a result of a Skinceuticals research programme it was discovered that cholesterol deficiency plays a huge role in ageing skin. Triple Lipid 2:4:2 contains 2% ceramides, 4% cholesterol and 2% omega fatty acids and this will restore the exact ratio of lipids that are deficient in aged skin.
In a clinical trial of Triple Lipid 2:4:2 hydration was improved by 38% after 24 hours and levels of ceramides and cholesterol in the skin more than doubled after 8 weeks. Even though these findings are impressive, it still doesn’t quite get across how great this cream makes skin look and feel.
It’s worth pointing out that Triple Lipid 2:4:2 is for those with with very dry skin and/or are 45+. If you don’t fall into that category, your skin doesn’t need such a heavy duty restorative product. I’ve been using it almost daily for several weeks now and it gives instant comfort and has improved the suppleness and moisture levels of my skin generally. Also, I’ve found that my skin tolerates the high strength retinoid I use 3/4 times a week much better since I’ve been using it.
The consistency is a cross between a cream and a balm and is light to medium weight. On my skin, I’d say that 80% absorbs and 20% remains as a protective film on the skin. The amount I’ve use for each application is actually very small but that’s something that you can vary depending on need. The scent is slightly medicinal but not unpleasant at all.
Triple Lipid 2:4:2 is £123 for 48ml. If you buy from My Derma Center before the end of the month you’ll get a free B5 Hydrating Serum.
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