Kristina Holey line - the concept of this Marie Veronique line (in collaboration with celebrated skin care specialist Kristina Holey) is to boost the skin's natural ability to heal itself. The products are cutting-edge and make use of microceutical co-enzymes that kick-start biosynthetic processes, and take care to follow nature’s lipid management systems as closely as possible while at the same time avoiding ingredients like essential oils and microcidal preservatives that can interfere with healthy skin function. The result is products that leave the skin feeling soothed, nourished, and ultimately, healthy.
Unlike oil blends that are composed solely of various combinations of free fatty acids (most of the oil blends on the market) this lipid blend contains the right mix of lipids found in the epidermal lipid barrier; ceramides (50%), cholesterol (25%) and fatty acids (25%). Supplying the correct lipids in the correct ratios achieves the very essence of skin moisturizing...."a super rich oil - the most high-powered oil MV has; perfect for chronically dry, dehydrated, aging skin."
Epidermal lipids are an essential part of the skin’s stratum corneum. Therefore the most effective lipids for maintaining skin health are those most identical to the epidermal lipids; ceramides (50%), cholesterol (25%) and fatty acids (25%).
These lipids also make up about 50% of cell membranes, and can be damaged due to a process called lipid peroxidation, as well as exposure to internal and external stresors.
Intercellular lipid damage compromises barrier function, which can lead to transepidermal water loss. TEWL can result in dryness, irritation and wrinkles. It follows that lipids are an integral part of skin health, and key to a well-functioning barrier system. The essence of skin moisturizing is lipid replacement, best accomplished by applying the correct lipids in the correct ratios.
- Ceramides maintain youthful, plump, well-hydrated skin.
- Cholesterol lubricates surface layers, delivering an emollient + creamy texture to moisturize profoundly, without risk of irritation or breakouts.
- Biomemetic fatty acids balance skin’s oil ratio without essential oils to disrupt barrier lipid balance or threaten its microbiome.
Shake well. Apply approximately one dropper full into palm of hand. Massage onto face, neck and chest, avoiding eye contour area. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult physician. Keep in a cool, dry place, out of direct light. * Use within 6 months of opening.
CERAMIDES Lipid molecules within cell membranes, they help cells form a protective layer that plumps skin and retains moisture.
CHOLESTEROL An important barrier lipid, it has water-binding properties and is crucial to maintaining proper barrier function.
FATTY ACIDS Polyunsaturated fats crucial to proper barrier function, examples are: Cranberry Seed oil, Black Raspberry seed oil, Chia seed oil, prickly pear seed oil, evening primrose oil.
PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE A phospholipid that is an important (though small) component of the lipid barrier. Some studies show topical application slows wrinkling by inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen.
EICOSAPENTAENOIC ACID A vegan alternative (from algae oil) to the hard-to-get type of Omega-3 (EPA) found in fatty fish.
Full Ingredients: Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Squalene, Cholesterol, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Ceramide NP (Stearoyl Phytosphingosine), Milk Lipids (Phosphatidylethanolamine, Phosphatidylcholine), Phosphatidyl Serine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phospholipids (Soy Lecithin), Eicosapentaenoic/Docosahexaenoic Acid (Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Schizochytrium spp. Microalgae); Microbiome-friendly; Fragrance + Essential Oil free