Restorative ceramides + fatty acids = cholesterol rebuild barrier lipid integrity. Moisturize at a profound level.
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, cholesterol and fatty acids.
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 stressors.
Intercellular lipid damage compromises barrier function, which can lead to transepidermal water loss. TEWL can result in dryness, irritation and wrinkles. Therefore it’s evident 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 relevant lipids.
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.
Phoshatidyl 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.
this is the best product we have for very dry/dehydrated skin - it's also amazing for sensitive skin (and aging skin), but....
it has a peculiar smell....the Gold Label MV products don't use any essential oils at all - this is because they want every ingredient to be in there for a very specific purpose of helping the skin and any extra ingredients are not used (ie. they don't want to use essential oils in it just to make it smell pretty - for the MV brand, efficacy is always top priority)
It doesn't smell bad - just not great....so if you're unsure then start with a trial size. For me personally, I smell it for a few seconds when applying it, and then I don't notice it (and the smell doesn't bother me anyway) - but we just wanted to point this out so that you're aware.
We encourage you to read the reviews (see below) to see what our customers are saying about it - lots of comments on the odd smell but that it's worth it because it's such a great facial oil!