In your mind, you might be picturing cholesterol as an order of fries, honey bacon and other oily foods that harm our body. However, studies discovered that cholesterol properties give valuable benefits to our skincare!
A healthy skin depends on lipids which play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier and preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Skin aging is caused by a decline in lipid production (especially cholesterol). This includes functional changes such as age-related deterioration of the skin barrier leading to skin dehydration, reduced protection, and repair against daily aggressors (pollution, UV, stress). The clinical implications of depleted lipids include large pores, uneven texture, deep wrinkles and loss of radiance.
Cholesterol can be found in all cells of your body and is essential to produce hormones and vitamin D. But the cholesterol in skin differs from the one found in the blood. It provides skin structure and elasticity. According to Lipidomic studies, they recommend a lipid treatment containing a ratio of 1:2:1, composed of ceramides (a skin type lipid), fatty acids and cholesterol. This combination treats skin lipid depletion which leads to aging skin.
Just keep an eye on the importance of cholesterol as a great anti-aging component. Look at the bright side!