Skin’s mois­ture po­ten­tial

When peo­ple say that you have thin skin, it’s not just a fig­ure of speech.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By PATSY KAM star2@thes­

DRY skin has been blamed for a mul­ti­tude of sins of the com­plex­ion, rang­ing from al­ler­gies to wrin­kles and other age­ing signs. It’s not ex­actly the most at­trac­tive of looks to sport, but look­ing on the bright side, those with dry skin sel­dom ex­pe­ri­ence break­outs!

The con­di­tion is char­ac­terised by a lack of mois­ture on the epi­der­mis (the up­per layer of the skin), usu­ally re­sult­ing in a dull, rough skin that’s flaky and scaly in tex­ture, which may some­times itch as well. While it’s not some- thing that’s ex­clu­sive to any age, older folks and those liv­ing in cold coun­tries are typ­i­cally more prone to dry skin.

It’s hardly detri­men­tal com­pared with other more se­ri­ous skin con­cerns, and a prob­lem that’s eas­ily solved with the right use of emolients.

But what if there’s more to dry skin than just not drink­ing enough wa­ter? Ge­net­ics, ap­par­ently, has a role to play in af­fect­ing how our skin re­acts to cer­tain con­di­tions.

Stud­ies on skin phys­i­ol­ogy have shown that Asian skins are more sen­si­tive and sus­cep­ti­ble to ir­ri­ta­tion and de­hy­dra­tion due to a thin­ner skin bar­rier. This may ex­plain why Asian ba­bies some­times have ir­ri­tated dry skin, even at a very early age.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Tom Mam­mone, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Skin Phys­i­ol­ogy and Phar­ma­col­ogy, Clin­ique Re­search & De­vel­op­ment, World­wide, when skin does not have enough hy­dra­tion and mois­ture, not only does it feel un­com­fort­able, it will be more sus­cep­ti­ble to harm­ful en­vi­ron­men­tal as­saults.

“Skin hy­dra­tion is ex­tremely im­por­tant in al­low­ing the skin to func­tion prop­erly and main­tain its bar­rier. A proper bar­rier pro­tects us from the ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment and helps to keep the skin look young, sup­ple and ra­di­ant,” he ex­plained in a press state­ment.

Given this sce­nario, Clin­ique has for­mu­lated a lo­tion spe­cially for Asian skin to un­lock the skin’s “mois­ture po­ten­tial” so that it stays hy­drated.

Its new prod­uct, the Even Bet­ter Essence Lo­tion, con­tains a break­through NMF Com­plex said to un­lock the skin’s mois­ture po­ten­tial so that it is hy­drated, not only in­stantly, but in the long term, too. It is claimed to have bright­en­ing in­gre­di­ents which “awaken dull skin” and im­prove over­all ra­di­ance.

A first for Clin­ique, the new wa­tery essence lo­tion es­tab­lishes the foun­da­tion for healthy ra­di­ant skin with the break­through NMF Com­plex that helps in­crease the pro­duc­tion of the es­sen­tial build­ing blocks of skin’s nat­u­ral mois­tur­is­ing fac­tors (NMFs).

“The NMF Com­plex is a blend of botan­i­cal in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing wa­ter­melon, ap­ple and lentil ex­tracts that work to in­crease fi­lag­grin pro­duc­tion in the skin. (Fi­lag­grin is a sim­ple mol­e­cule found in the sur­face of the skin that is es­sen­tial for hy­dra­tion bal­ance and mois­tur­i­sa­tion in the skin.)

“Cu­cum­ber ex­tract ac­ti­vates skin’s nat­u­ral Cas­pase-14 en­zymes to help process fi­lag­grin into es­sen­tial amino acids that can be read­ily used by the skin lead­ing to soft, sup­ple, hy­drated skin with beau­ti­ful kimé (which means skin tex­ture in Ja­panese),” said Dr Mam­mone.

Tre­halose and hyaluronic acid also hy­drate the skin, leav­ing it plump and com­fort­able through­out the day.

Nat­u­rally, a healthy, reg­u­lated kimé cre­ates an even, glow­ing skin that re­flects light, and is soft and smooth to the touch.

In ad­di­tion to hy­drat­ing and sup­port­ing the skin’s bar­rier func­tions, the essence lo­tion is touted to im­prove over­all skin ra­di­ance, lu­mi­nos­ity and translu­cency with bright­en­ing actives such as Scutel­laria Baicalen­sis Root, ap­ple and cu­cum­ber ex­tracts. Along with th­ese actives, there’s also glu­cosamine that helps pro­mote cell re­newal to re­veal an even smoother com­plex­ion.

Anti-ir­ri­ta­tion agents such as su­crose and caf­feine (known for their calm­ing and soothing ben­e­fits), Cla­dosiphon Oka­mu­ranus and al­gae ex­tracts (shown to pro­vide ex­cep­tional calm­ing and soothing ben­e­fits) and tamarindus indica seed ex­tract (known for anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties) help to quell ir­ri­ta­tion that may lead to fu­ture dark­en­ing of the skin.

“Even Bet­ter Essence Lo­tion doesn’t con­tain any of the cor­rect­ing actives found in the Even Bet­ter Clin­i­cal Dark Spot Cor­rec­tor. How­ever, the essence lo­tion is sup­posed to work in syn­ergy with the lat­ter as the serum works best when ap­plied to skin that is fully mois­turised and pre­pared for the de­liv­ery of con­cen­trated in­gre­di­ents.

“The essence lo­tion works to su­per­sat­u­rate and mois­turise skin so that the serum has its best chance of get­ting into the skin. At four weeks (in a clin­i­cal test), skin’s mois­ture is im­proved by 21% and skin kimé is vis­i­bly im­proved,” Dr Mam­mone elab­o­rated.

Two dis­tinct for­mu­las with cus­tomised ben­e­fits for dif­fer­ent skin types are avail­able: > Skin type 1 & 2 for­mula has a lux­u­ri­ously milky tex­ture and con­tains spe­cial hy­dra­tors for drier skins such as olive squalane, bar­ley and wheat germ ex­tracts, and jo­joba es­ters to help keep skin hy­drated and sup­ple. > Skin Type 3 & 4 for­mula has a re­fresh­ingly light­weight tex­ture and con­tains lam­i­naria sac­cha­rina ex­tract to nor­malise ex­cess se­bum pro­duc­tion over time. To be used in tan­dem with Clin­ique’s sig­na­ture Three-Step skin­care sys­tem, the essence lo­tion is rec­om­mended to be ap­plied twice daily af­ter clean­ing and clar­i­fy­ing, and then fol­low up with a mois­turiser. Over time, skin is claimed to stay hy­drated, smooth and lu­mi­nous, with a vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence to the skin tex­ture.

Price: RM125. Avail­able at all Clin­ique coun­ters.

dr Tom Mam­mone says asian skin tends to be thin­ner and thus more prone to dry skin.


recipe: Wa­ter­melon, ap­ple and cu­cum­ber ex­tracts are some of the

key in­gre­di­ents found in the essence lo­tion.

Clin­ique even bet­ter essence

Lo­tion mois­turises, bright­ens and calms the skin.

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