We Tried It: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
Brought to you in partnership with SkinCeuticals | photos: Eliesa Johnson
As much as I hate to admit it, my skin has changed. I no longer wake up like this—with that lit-from-within glow of my youth that required little more than a quick slap of moisturizer and a little blush. And it definitely doesn’t bounce back after a sleepless night or stretch of living on pasta and cheese like it used to. I can see that puffiness and dullness coming from a mile away.
Now, in my late 30s, good skin takes effort. The inner beauty part I’ve gotten better at, with a healthy diet, hot yoga, and loads of water. My skincare regimen requires equal diligence, especially in the moisture department. I can’t seem to get enough, especially this time of year when the elements are in flux.
My latest obsession is with products that promise to restore the moisture barrier, the buzz phrase for the precious yet invisible reserve that makes skin look plump, dewy, healthy. Used in a sentence: I am guarding my moisture barrier with my life.
With age, the moisture barrier weakens (why can’t our fat cells weaken instead, I ask you?), making it increasingly susceptible to lipid depletion. Quick science lesson: Lipids are natural compounds found in skin, most commonly in the form of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. As lipid production declines, it compromises skin’s natural protective barrier, resulting in visible signs of accelerated aging, as skin loses its ability to effectively self-repair.
Enter SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, an anti-aging cream formulated with a maximized concentration of lipids: 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol (the good kind), and 2% fatty acids. This rich anti-aging lipid correction cream contains the first 2:4:2 cholesterol-dominant ratio to help restore skin’s external barrier and support natural self-repair. Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 has been clinically proven to improve the visible appearance of skin smoothness, laxity, pores, and overall radiance while boosting hydration in 24 hours. In other words, it’s kind of a big deal.
In fact, it’s such a big deal that you can now get a SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restorative Protocol at a spa or derm near you, and experience this mega moisturizing treatment first-hand. I visited the new Zel Skin & Laser Specialists in Plymouth for mine (how gorgeous is this space?!) and was treated to all of my favorite things in one facial.
After a gentle cleanser, my esthetician applied a refining, brightening glycolic peel followed by an ultra-replenishing mask containing both SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque and the Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2. After a bonus neck-shoulder-arm-and-hand massage, she finished with the brand’s cult classic C E Ferulic serum and my go-to Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. It was a beautiful thing. More important, my skin looked so FRESH, so hydrated and glow-y afterward, that I forgot to put makeup on the next day and have needed much less than usual since incorporating Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 into my evening routine. I wake up looking more well-rested than a 22 year old, and that is all the proof I need!