Cell-Communicating Ingredients , Skin-Identical/Repairing Ingredients

Sphingolipids are complex, long chain lipids (fats) that function as skin-repairing and conditioning ingredients. Examples of specific sphingolipids are ceramides, but the term "sphigolipids" refers to a broad group of beneficial fatty acid-type ingredients arranged in a unique molecular structure that gives them a natural affinity for skin. Found throughout cells in the human body, sphingolipids have cell-communicating ability due to their innate involvement in protectiong the skin from outside harm. They are considered critical to the maintenance and repair of skin's barrier function (Sources: http://lipidlibrary.aocs.org/lipids/introsph/index.htm; Progress in Lipid Research, January 2013, pages 141-164; Lipids in Health and Disease, August 31, 2012, Volume 11, page 108; and Skin Therapy Letter, July 2012, pages 6-9).

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