The skin inherently knows how to function properly to do its job of protecting us from outside stressors and locking in moisture. Aging, exposure to environmental stressors, and over-cleansing or exfoliating weakens the skin barrier, which can slow down or stop the skin’s built-in mechanisms to self-cleanse, heal, and protect.
In skincare, biomimetics describes taking what we know about the way healthy skin functions at the cellular level and creating chemical structures that mimic certain biological functions to promote a desired response.
An example of biomimetic ingredients are peptides, which are lab-created and added to skincare products to mimic the peptides naturally made by our body. Peptides are the building blocks for proteins that are responsible for the skin's texture, strength and resilience. Another example is marula oil, which contains fatty acids similar to those present in the epidermis. The skin will more readily accept the help from biomimetic ingredients because it recognizes them and their functions.
Not all biomimetic ingredients are equally effective: a true biomimetic ingredient needs to have a proper molecular size to actually penetrate the skin. The active ingredient is important, but without proper formulation, it will sit on the surface where it can’t function at its full potential.
Biomimetic ingredients help support your skin’s inherent functions – the ones that have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to protect and heal without the intervention of a multi-step routine.
Your skin’s owner manual has all the answers, if you just take the time to listen, understand, and thoughtfully source the parts it needs to repair itself.