By the time you turn 25-years-old, anti-aging should already be apart of your daily skincare routine. If you read our article "Your Skin After 30," then you know that as you age, your skin loses elasticity and generally becomes dryer. And, though Black skin is accredited with aging well and often defying gravity (yes, we're talking about you, Grandma, who can still pass for 45 even at the age of 60)— it is just as important for women of color to replenish and care for their skin as mush as it is for our fairer counterparts.
The conversation of cholesterol is not often one that is tied to skin care, in fact, we generally only talk about it at family cookouts or when we're seated across from the doctor at our annual physical. Well, it turns out, that cholesterol is also great for the skin. And, after researching the topic of cholesterol and skin, it should not come as a surprise. After all, Black women with chemically processed hair generally add cholesterol to their hair care regimen to replenish and revitalize their tresses. Considering the idea that pores are actually just hair follicles on the face, factoring cholesterol to your skincare regimen should almost be a no brainer.
Dermatologist cult-favorite brand, SkinCeuticals recently launched the newest addition to their skin care family, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. The uber hydrating cream is the first of it's kind to be cholesterol-dominant and formulated with a perfect balance of the holy grail of skin care: ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. The 2:4:2 ratio (2% ceramides, 4% cholesterol and 2% fatty acids) are "the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin's natural repair functions," according to clinical studies on the product.
Cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids are important in maintaining skin's youthful plumpness because their directly affect the skin's natural protective barrier, and thus aid in improving the appearance of skin smoothness, laxity, pores and overall radiance. Ceramides aid in hydration and overall skin barrier function, Cholesterol improves the appearance of elasticity (code for plumps the skin) and fatty acids aid in balancing lipids and optimize the skin barrier, which can ultimately aid with treatment and prevention of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. If it is not apparent yet, this 2:4:2 ratio of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids is the ultimate skin cocktail.
If you struggle with dry skin during the winter months (or in general) Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 also proven to improve hydration in 24 hours, and the best part is, the cream isn't greasy or heavy; it's smooth to the touch and fast absorbing and chock-full of soothing botanicals like lavender, rosemary, peppermint and sunflower oil. While the product geared at women in their mid to late 40s and beyond, at 26, I've already incorpoarted it into my regimen to ensure that my skin is at its' best, but also simply because I like the texture and the hydration boost that it prodives to my sensitive/combination skin without feeling greasy.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 $125, at Skinceuticals.com