The environment and your skin Part 2. You can find part 1 here.
You can control what you put on your skin, but you can't control the environment. A compromised skin barrier has less of a natural defence from environmental challenges such as pollution, central heating and air conditioning.
Enter Ectoin. It’s an active ingredient that’ll help give you protection using something we all have in our skin - water.
Imagine each molecule of water as a person, and now imagine them holding hands in line with their arms outstretched, trying to stop anything from passing from one side to another. Because they're stretched out, there are lots of gaps. While humectants pull more of those people into the line, it's still fluid and gappy. Ectoin is an organiser with a loudspeaker. It tells each person to stand closer to the next one. Now, more people can fit in the line. Not only that, but it’s also more stable as the people can’t move around easily, and it has fewer gaps.
What does this mean for your skin?
▪️Fewer gaps stop things like pollution and allergens getting where they shouldn't.
▪️Added stability means that when the central heating goes on, water doesn’t try to escape and your skin doesn't dry out as easily.
It's such clever molecule that it's used in a range of EU approved medical devices, from hayfever sprays to eye drops, creams for eczema and even asthma inhalers. How many of our active ingredients can claim that?
Ectoin was originally discovered in desert microorganisms who have to survive extreme temperatures. The only way they can do this is by producing something that will protect themselves from the effects of light, extreme changes in temperature and humidity. So when challenged, these bacteria produce Ectoin.
Now it's made by a sustainably-minded biotech company in Germany, who started out as a spin-off from an academic institution who were studying fermentation.
You can find Ectoin in our latest product, Environmental Moisture Light.