Our skin is the largest organ of our body and plays a very important role in keeping us living and well. It helps to protect us from outside threats such as viruses and bacteria. Our skin's barrier also controls a vital job which is keeping moisture inside our bodies, water is vital in keeping our organs working as they should.
Our skin simply is like a well-constructed wall, if you imagine corneocytes as layers of bricks, encapsulated in layers of fat, the mortar of the wall, built to keep moisture in and pathogens out. This “wall” barrier also blocks out UV light and performs many other important activities.
Layers of corneocytes produce high mechanical strength, allowing our epidermis (outer most layer of our skin) to perform its function as a physical, chemical and immunological barrier. Corneocytes act as a UV Barrier by reflecting the scattered UV radiation, protecting cells inside our bodies from DNA damage. Corneocytes are also capable of absorbing and storing small amounts of water to keep the skin hydrated and maintain its flexibility. Corneocytes are continually eliminated through desquamation, rubbing or skin washing.
The stronger our skin's barrier function is the more we can use its own natural defence system to fight all environmental damage. Certainly, compromised skin on our face and hands can often be attributed to sun damage, poor cosmetics, perfumes and harsh soaps. Whilst we understand that we can protect our skins barrier to support optimal health by maintaining a healthy diet with a variety of fruit, vegetables, healthy omega 3 fats, reducing our stress levels, drinking water and staying away from aggravating factors such as caffeine, smoking and alcohol, we also have science backed research that shows using the correct ingredients topically can influence positively our skin's barrier function resulting in repair and a stronger skin.
Active 16+ Manuka honey has humectant and emollient properties which draw moisture to our skins cells, soften our skin, protect it from cracking (dryness) and moisture loss by improving our skins barrier function. Active 16+ Manuka Honey has both a hydrogen peroxide and methylgloxal (MG) component. Hydrogen peroxide gives the honey its antibiotic quality. MG is the antibacterial quality, protecting our skin and stimulating the production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection.
New Zealand Bee Venom works by your skin reacting to Bee Venom as an irritation as if it has been lightly stung with Melittin. This results in increased blood circulation to the deep layers of the skin, stimulating cell regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen to repair lift, plump and tighten the skin. Bee Venom is also known to dissolve our cell membranes and increase skin permeability. This enables improved penetration of our skin cells and skin tissue of other bioactive ingredients resulting in increased effectiveness of our skincare products.
How Au can help
Healthy skin with a strong barrier defence system has all the powers to regenerate, hydrate and protect itself. A disrupted skin barrier has many points of vulnerability, including excessive water loss and an elevation in pH often increasing our susceptibility to sensitivity, infection and inflammation. Au Natural Skinfood products have been developed using quality New Zealand ingredients to help induce and enhance skin barrier repair allowing the skin in a safe and paraben free to be the best that it possibly can.
Extreme environmental conditions, mental stress and other pressures can throw the skin off balance. Opening our skins up to damage, reactions and premature ageing.
To effectively heal the skin barrier, trans-epidermal water loss must be minimised, and the skin must be protected from further irritants and environmental damage. Au Natural Skinfood decided to address these points of vulnerability simultaneously by using key New Zealand ingredients, optimising the skin's natural ability to repair itself. At Au Natural Skinfood we believe that by finding ways to protect the skin and repair its natural barrier qualities that no matter what your skin type or concern is, you will be able to use your skin's defence system to protect you from conditions such as dryness, acne, premature aging, oily skin, compromised skin and diffused redness.