Skincerity®... Why it Works
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it has two primary functions: it protects your body from the environment and it retains essential body fluids such as blood and water. Your skin is the barrier between your body and the world.
For years, dermatologists thought that the outermost layer of the skin was lifeless, made up of only dead cells. In fact, they often compared it to a very thin sheet of plastic wrap that covered the body. However, as research advanced, dermatologists began to discover that the skin acts as a very intricate sensor that responds to injury, extremes in humidity and temperature, chemicals, bacteria, or other disturbances that affect the skin's ability to act as a barrier.
You understand this intuitively when, for example, your skin becomes dry in the winter time or becomes oily when it's humid outside, or when you have a sunburn. In these cases, your skin is acting as a sensor and reacting to its environment. The outer layer of skin signals the lower layers to repair the surface damage. Through it all, your skin strives to maintain its natural balance by responding to whatever damage it has incurred, and it is working constantly to do so. Often, the sensor reacts abnormally and overcompensates for defects in the skin barrier. Instead of simply repairing the damage, it produces effects beyond that we desire such as dry and flaky skin, for example.
As we age, the ability of the skin to react and respond becomes less efficient over time. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells typically decrease. The top layers of skin lose moisture, and as a result, older skin has a drier and more dehydrated appearance. Not surprisingly, wrinkles can appear.
There are, however, ways to alter the skin's ability to counteract changes it encounters. One such way is to irritate the skin in order to jump-start the repair process. In this case, products like Retinoids cause enough damage to the skin that the result is an increased turnover of new cells. There are many downsides to this process including painful and irritated skin which limits the usage of the product, and the need to avoid direct sunlight. In addition, it is counterintuitive to “damage” your skin while trying to improve it.
Skincerity® rejuvenates the skin through a completely different and non-irritating process. Instead of breaking down your skin to induce cell turnover, Skincerity enhances the function of your skin by covering it with a very thin film. Because Skincerity is applied as a liquid, it forms perfectly to the contour of your skin as it dries, mimicking the outermost layer of skin while repairing the daily damage that occurs, much like a Band-Aid® helps to heal a wound. Instead of the skin sensor signaling the lower skin layers to initiate a response to “fix” the surface damage, the signal is sent that the skin barrier is intact. In this way, Skincerity performs as your skin would, acting like skin for your skin. While you sleep, your skin remains protected while Skincerity works to restore its natural balance.
An important aspect of Skincerity's ability to help maintain the balance of your skin's barrier function involves enhancing the skin's natural ability to retain moisture. In your body, water originates in the lower layers of the skin and moves upward, eventually reaching the outermost layers and evaporating.
Because Skincerity is a physical barrier on your skin, it retains your body's moisture. Skincerity is engineered to contain microscopic pores that trap the body's natural moisture in its matrix before it can evaporate. As a result, the water that normally evaporates from your body is used to bathe the skin in hydration. Still, the tiny pores in Skincerity allow oxygen to penetrate to the skin and will likewise prevent excessive moisture from building up underneath the film.
It is also important to note that skin typically demonstrates higher water evaporation rates during the night time. Although the occurrence of elevated night time water evaporation is attributed to the body's natural 24 hour biorhythms, increased water evaporation rates are usually associated with damaged skin and therefore, the skin repairing itself. Since Skincerity is used while you sleep, it takes advantage of this phenomenon to maximize its moisturizing effect and to maintain the natural balance of the skin repair function when it is needed most, at night.
Beyond its ability to maintain the balance of your skin barrier, Skincerity also performs other essential functions that help your skin become healthier. First, Skincerity kills bacteria on your skin. Hazardous bacteria live on the skin and can invade pores to destroy healthy skin cells. Bacteria play a prominent role in developing acne. In this sense, Skincerity promotes conditions that deter acne and helps repair the damaging visual results associated with acne lesions.
Skincerity also delivers vitamin E and grape seed oil (Vitis Vinifera) to your skin. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that is reported to protect the skin from early stages of UV damage, reduce the formation of free radicals, and further strengthens the skin's barrier function. In addition, the skin can absorb vitamin E and maintain it in the skin, thus its benefits persist between applications.
Grape seed oil is a powerful antioxidant that repairs damaged and stressed tissues, possessing regenerative and restructuring qualities which allow a better control of skin moisturization. Vitis Vinifera contains proanthocyanidins, which are very helpful in diminishing the sun's damaging effects, lessening free radical damage, and in wound healing.
Finally, when Skincerity is removed, it exfoliates dead cells from the skin's surface, making your skin look polished and healthy. The removal of the dead skin cells not only improves the appearance of skin, it also stimulates skin cell renewal.