Layers and Biology of Skin
The Epidermis Cycle
The skin is your largest organ, constantly cycling and replacing itself every four weeks. At the end of each month, you can tell your friends you basically have new skin. How cool is that?!
Here's how the cycle works (in case you were curious):
The epidermis is made of multiple layers of skin cells.
First, cells are born at the bottom layer, which is called the stratum basale.
Cells mature and shift toward the surface of the skin, or the stratum corneum. Older skin cells accumulate on the surface and are meant to naturally clear out, making room for new skin cells. Oftentimes, though, these surface cells link together and get stuck. As we age, the production of fresh, new cells slows down. When the process slows or gets stuck (think NY rush hour), you'll notice the effects on your skin (i.e., breakouts, dull skin, dry skin, fine lines and even skin irritation).
And this is where skincare enters the picture, taking center stage…
Our formulas use gentle exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs to remove dead skin cells and keep the cycle moving. We also include ingredients like Vitamin A (retinol) and Vitamin B (niacinamide) to help the skin produce new, healthy skin cells at the foundational layer.
What’s the bottom line? You can rest assured that we sweat the details to make your skin look and feel healthy, without stress or complication. We bring the science, so you can bring the magic!
How Products Affect the Skin (i.e., How Skincare Works)
Why are we so passionate about skincare? Although our bodies are hardwired to stay healthy, they still need some help along the way. The skin is no different!
Once you know how the skin works, you can understand where skincare steps in to lend a hand.
For Age Defense
Aging is a beautiful privilege, and we want to help you feel your best every day. As the skin ages, its natural processes slow down. The top layer of dead skin cells shed at a slower rate. Your skin produces less collagen, elastin and oil, which are the building blocks for plump, healthy skin. This is precisely why your skin might feel increasingly dry, thin, or sensitive.
Our formulas kick these natural processes back into high-gear by removing dead skin cells, stimulating collagen production and replenishing lost hydration. The result? The natural glow you seek.
Every blemish starts with bacteria in a pore, which is often the result of clogged pores. Clogged pores can stem from any number of things, including excess oil production (hello, hormones!) or a buildup of dead skin cells, dirt or makeup on the skin.
To treat acne, we start with cleansing to remove dirt, debris and makeup from the skin. Then, we focus on exfoliating dead skin cells and removing pesky bacteria, allowing the pores to breathe easily.
For Dry, Sensitive Skin
Dry skin and sensitivity often go hand in hand. Without oil, the skin is less protected from irritation. To treat dry skin and sensitivity, we start by removing known allergens or irritants (ask our estheticians!), then fortify your skin with nourishing ingredients that lock in hydration.
What’s the difference between hydrating and moisturizing? Hydrating ingredients are like a tall glass of water for the skin. Moisturizing ingredients lock in hydration and restore the skin’s healthy oils. You need both!
Struggling with dull skin, sun spots or age spots? When you exfoliate, you're telling those pesky dead skin cells hanging on to the epidermis for dear life to fall off. Let’s reveal the newer, fresher and brighter skin underneath! Over time, spots begin to fade and the skin appears more even.
If you have questions about any of this technical information, shoot us a note! As you might've guessed, we're a bit obsessed.