Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Expert Education: 10 Facts About Moisturizers

Here at glo, we take pride in not only providing you an excellent product selection, but also in delivering the necessary resources and information to help educate and support your skincare goals. We’ve received lots of feedback from both our professional retailers and loyal customers asking for more in-depth glo product knowledge and information. In our Expert Education blog series our goal is to provide you with a deeper look at the science behind our system.

With a strong focus on clinical skincare and the importance of high-performance ingredients, it’s crucial that our Education, Product Development and Marketing teams are full of knowledgeable, experienced and creative individuals. In our Expert Education series these talented and passionate team members will share their expertise in an effort to satisfy your skincare curiosity!

One of our resident skin experts (and glo therapeutics Product Manager), Anna De La Cruz, has a wealth of knowledge about all things skincare. Anna recently completed an audio training with our Sales Consultants on the importance of moisturizes and it was full of great information. We’ve rounded up 10 facts about moisturizers from the training to help you increase your own skincare knowledge.

1) The skin’s #1 job is protection. We want a strong, fortified outer layer of protection to guard against intruders.

2) When a skin cell is born and starts its journey through the epidermis its contents are about 90% moisture. By the end of its journey, a skin cell’s moisture content will have decreased to about 10%.

3) Natural moisturizing factor (NMF) helps maintain proper hydration by attracting and absorbing water from the atmosphere and holding on to it with naturally present water-soluble compounds.

4) NMF is only found in the stratum corneum (the outer and upper most section of the epidermis).

5) Moisturizers are typically made up of ingredients that fall into the following categories: humectants, emollients and occlusives.

6) Humectants attract water and include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycerin, and Sodium PCA.

7) Emollients act as lubricants and soften the skin. Emollients are found in ingredients such as jojoba oil, squalene and wheat germ.

8) Occlusives help slow water loss and evaporation and can be found in dimethicone, cyclomethicone and caprylic/capric triglyceride.

9) Dehydrated skin is not functioning optimally which means the skin’s natural exfoliation process is disrupted which can lead to dull, flaky, lackluster skin. It can also contribute to easily irritated, sensitized, reactive skin.
10) In cold winter conditions it’s important for skin therapists to add an extra moisture boost in the treatment room while also offering clients an extra dose of hydration at home.

Have questions about any of the information above? Reach out to your sales consultant or write us a message on Facebook!
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