Why we need lipids!

Healthy skin starts with a healthy skin barrier. Our skin is based on a lipid/oil chemical structure and designed to be selectively absorbent, allowing penetration of oil soluble constituents which play an important role in our epidermal barrier function for moisture, suppleness and to prevent skin disorders.


The epidermis is thin, tough and waterproof because of lipids This protective shield works to help your body repel damaging bacteria, viruses and chemical substances while protecting us from harmful rays of the sun. By example, Harsh synthetic chemicals in skincare often cause imbalances, disrupting the skin’s lipid balance, moisture levels and flora, which can ultimately weaken the skin’s protective acid mantle and contribute to skin problems ranging from eczema to acne and premature ageing. Not all lipids can be synthesized by the body…..and not all lipids can be produced in sufficient quantities by skin cells all our life… The skin epidermis is an active site of lipid synthesis, exceeding even the liver, kidney and gastrointestinal epithelia. (1) As we age, the skin produces fewer ceramides, lipids and fatty acids to seal the moisture barrier, resulting in an increase in water loss and dryness. In a perfect world… In normal epidermis, lipids are synthesized in certain epidermal layers suggesting that lipid synthesis may increase during normal epidermal cell differentiation. (2) The skin cells can synthetise their own lipids as they need it and disruption of the epidermal barrier stimulates lipid synthesis , which is required for full recovery of the barrier. (3) Essential fatty acids (EFAs)… we need them!

Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) can’t be synthesized by the body and we need to get it from our food or applied them topically.

Research shows that essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency ,especially the omega 6 or linoleic acid (LA and GLA) leads to abnormalities in skin function, resulting in dry, flaky skin. The lack of EFAs can’t protect the skin barrier against excessive water loss. (4) The symptoms in these skin disorders are reversible by the addition of EFAs in the diet, or by topical application. Increasing the levels of key EFAs increases cell membrane fluidity, enhances barrier function and repair, decreases trans-epidermal water loss, improves moisturization, cell signaling, cell immunity, and anti-inflammatory activity. (5)

At Corpa Flora , we incorporate organic pure seed oils rich in EFAs in our face and body formulas. Often people with acne have an essential fatty acid deficiency in their skin and applying linoleic acid-rich plant oils will help to balance sebum production and oiliness that is associated with acne. (6) Thank you to the OMEGA 6 family (LA and GLA).

Linoleic acid (omega 6) is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in human skin and is indispensable.

As we age, the amount of lipids decrease significantly and especially which is why we are more prone to dry skin as we age.


The consumption of borage oil induced statistically significant improvement of the epidermal barrier function in the elderly people. (7)


Topical application of EFAs has the added benefit of actually adding moisture and hydration and these natural constituents become well absorbed into the epidermal , dermal layers and eventually to the rest of the body. A significant portion of ingested EFAs may be oxidized by the liver before reaching skin tissues, topical application may be a more efficient route of delivery for skin effects, especially during deficiency.

Our Corpa Flora oil complexes are valuable for everybody and also people prone to dermatitis, eczema and also going through oncology treatments - so no matter what your skin’s current state, at corpa Flora you will find a product that fits your skin condition.
  1. Feingold KR. The regulation and role of epidermal lipid synthesis. Adv Lipid Res. 1991;24:57–82.
  2. Uchiyama N, Yamamoto A, Kameda K, Yamaguchi H, Ito M. The activity of fatty acid synthase of epidermal keratinocytes is regulated in the lower stratum spinousum and the stratum basale by local inflammation rather than by circulating hormones. J Dermatol Sci. 2000;24:134–141.
  3. Man M, Elias PM, Feingold KR. Fatty acids are required for epidermal permeability barrier function. J Clin Invest. 1993;92:791–798.
  4. Wanjarus Roongpisuthipong, Pariya Phanachet, Chulapom Roongpisuthipong, and Natta Rajatanavin.Essential fatty acid deficiency while a patient receiving fat regimen total parenteral nutrition.BMJ Case Rep. 2012;2012:brc0720114475
  5. VZiboh and C Miller, Essential fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Significance in cutaneous biology, Ann Rev Nutr 10 433-450 (1990)
  6. Letawe C, Boone M, Piérard GE. Digital image analysis of the effect of topically applied linoleic acid on acne microcomedones. Clin Exp Dermatol.1998 Mar:23(2):56-8.
  7. T Brosche and D Platt. Effect of borage oil consumption on fatty acid metabolism, transepidermal water loss and skin parameters in elderly people. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2000; 30(2): 139–150.





La peau normale : Le terme « peau normale » est largement utilisé pour décrire une peau équilibrée.  La zone T (front, menton et nez) peut être légèrement grasse, mais l'équilibre du sébum et de l'hydratation n'est globalement pas altéré. La peau n'est ni trop grasse ni trop sèche. Corpa Flora recommande de toujours appliquer les formules de soins tout de suite après l'étape du nettoyage de la peau. Pour une peau normale, nous recommandons de combiner 1/2 pompe d'huile faciale avec 1/2 pompe de sérum amplificateur d'hydratation dans le creux de la main puis frotter paume à paume et étaler sur tout le visage, cou et décolleté.. Si après 30 minutes, la peau est huileuse, diminuez le dosage de l'huile faciale.
 
La peau sèche: Le terme « peau sèche » est utilisé pour décrire un type de peau qui produit moins de sébum qu'une peau normale. À cause de cette carence en sébum, une peau sèche ne dispose pas des lipides dont elle a besoin pour retenir l'humidité et construire une barrière protectrice contre les agressions extérieures. Corpa Flora recommande de toujours appliquer les formules de soins tout de suite après l'étape du nettoyage de la peau. Pour une peau sèche, nous recommandons de combiner 1 pleine pompe d'huile faciale avec 1/2 pompe de sérum amplificateur d'hydratation dans le creux de la main puis frotter paume à paume et étaler sur tout le visage, cou et décolleté. Si après 30 minutes, la peau est sèche ou trop huileuse, rectifier le dosage des formules.
La peau grasse:  La peau grasse se caractérise par des pores qui sont clairement visibles et dilatés. La peau est souvent épaisse avec un aspect brillant. Les peaux grasses sont sujettes aux comédons (points noirs ou blancs) et à diverses formes d'acné. Corpa Flora recommande de toujours appliquer les formules de soins tout de suite après l'étape du nettoyage de la peau. Pour une peau grasse, nous recommandons de combiner quelques gouttes d'huile faciale à 1 pompe complète de sérum amplificateur d'hydratation dans le creux de la main puis frotter paume à paume et étaler sur tout le visage, cou et décolleté. Si après 30 minutes, la peau est encore huileuse, rectifier le dosage de l'huile faciale.
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