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Keratinocytes, TEWL, skin barrier... do these terms sound familiar? No? Then read on! Our encyclopedia will help you better understand your skin and find the right ingredients to take care of it. Find out what they mean and become a true beauty expert.
As the outermost part of the epidermis, the skin barrier protects the skin and retains moisture. Take proper care of it for a fabulous complexion!
PRO-TIP: GIVE IT A BOOST OF MOISTURE
Support your skin’s hydration barrier with nourishing formulas like our most iconic cream: Diamond Extreme Cream.
They are lipids (fats) that act as a cement, binding the cells together to prevent dryness. They form up to 50% of the skin barrier and are key to locking in moisture.
Our first layer of protection, the epidermis is the outermost and thinnest layer of the skin, acting as a shield against toxins, bacteria and water loss.
Lying beneath it is the dermis, a thicker, firmer and more elastic layer, and below that the innermost hypodermis (or subcutis), formed mainly by subcutaneous fat to protect us from temperature changes.
Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF)
Skin’s natural components, such as amino acids (which form skin proteins), which capture water to keep your skin hydrated.
With a capital F for Firmness. Fibroblasts are a type of dermal cell that produce collagen and other proteins such as elastin, which are key to skin elasticity.
Skin cells that produce melanin to regulate your skin tone. Excess melanin production can lead to dark spots!
Microorganisms, bacteria and microbes that inhabit your skin to protect it. Together with the skin barrier, they are our first natural line of defense.
PRO TIP: PREBIOTICS IN YOUR ROUTINE
To help balance your skin, be sure to use skincare products containing prebiotics, such as our Stabilizing Anti-Aging Concentrate.
Unstable molecules produced by our body, and also by our skin, in response to factors such as the sun or pollution. They can generate chain reactions known as oxidative stress, which causes cell damage, and are one of the main causes of skin aging!
PRO TIP: ANTIOXIDANTS TO THE RESCUE
Antioxidants are the best weapon to fight the free radicals lurking in your body and within your skin. You can find them in fruits and vegetables and in skincare products such as our C+C Vitamin 20% Antiox Solution.
They make up more than 80% of the cells of our epidermis and produce keratin: a protein that improves the moisture barrier to keep our skin well hydrated!
PRO TIP: RENEW TO PROTECT
Help promote keratinocyte formation by renewing your skin with an exfoliant such as our Diamond Glyco Extreme Peel.
TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss)
Transepidermal Water Loss is what happens when your skin loses water, whether due to the weather, soaps, solar radiation, or other factors. It is important to control it to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
PRO TIP: BOOST HYDRATION
Prevent TEWL and promote moisture with ultra-hydrating skincare products such as our Diamond Cocoon Hydrating Essence.
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