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Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is the latest innovation from Skinceuticals. Your skin naturally contains lipids like triglycerides, fatty acids, squalane, wax esters, and cholesterol. These lipids are an important part of your skin’s ability to retain moisture and to keep bacteria out that can lead to inflammation, breakouts, and infection (Cosmetic Dermatology).
But as you age, your skin naturally produces fewer and fewer lipids. And the lipids your skin does produce lack integrity, meaning they may not have the same structure, be able to function as well, or be able to perform at the same level they did when you were young.
The biggest example of the importance of lipids in the skin is seen in a skin does order called X-linked Ichthyosis, which leads to abnormally dry, hard, resistant skin. This disorder is caused by defects in lipid metabolism. Deficiencies in lipids even in individuals without X-linked Ichthyosis have been known to predispose people to exceptionally dry skin — for instance, it’s well-established that a decrease in lipid production contributes to the rough, tight, full and dry skin associated with aging.
So I am really excited about this new product. While I have seen plenty of moisturizers with fatty acids OR ceramides OR cholesterol, I haven’t seen one yet with all of those elements, and certainly not at 2% ceramide, 4% cholesterol, and 2% fatty acid concentration.
What the Studies Show
It has been shown in Skinceuticals’ own in-house studies that use of Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 will help to refill skin stores of essential skin lipids, restore the skin’s external barrier, and support skin’s natural repair.
In fact, in-house Skinceuticals studies have shown a 57% increase in ceramides, a 50% increase in cholesterol, and a 12% increase in fatty acids after regular use for 8 weeks. Better yet, there was a 30% immediate improvement in barrier recovery and 39% improvement in hydration after 24 hours!
I checked the studies, and they had everything I’m looking for: large enough sample size (28), ingredients were used in the same/reasonable concentrations, and it was tested using spectrometric analysis — not personal reporting methods!
Personal Use and Opinions
So right now, I’m using my usual skin care, plus Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum to fade some sunspots I newly acquired on a beach vacation last week (despite, of course, vigilant sunscreen use!). The only issue with upping glycolic acid and hydroquinone is that it has been making my skin feel more dry and thin initially — so using Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 has been a godsend. I use it immediately after a retinoid and the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum nightly, and it is keeping my skin hydrated, soft, and comfortable, despite the fact that I’m accelerating cell turnover and turning off tyrosinase like nobody’s business!
I’m very impressed by Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, especially for skin over 50 that is losing its natural production of natural intact lipids, as well as for younger skin that is being treated regularly with stronger agents like glycolic acid, retinoids, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and other ingredients that can be harsh and drying initially to the skin. LOVE it! 10/10.