Harnessing the power of phospholipids in restorative skin therapy

Tanvi Gavankar, manager of scientific business development at Mumbai, India-based VAV Lipids, takes a look at how phospholipids are advancing the boundaries of skin restoration therapy

Phospholipids have a natural ability to hydrate and repair skin, a unique ability which makes them alluring as functional agents in restorative skin therapy. The human skin has a fragile hydrolipid film that protects it from the external environment.

In the hydrolipid layer, phospholipids carry out essential functions like keeping the water in, repairing the skin when required and maintaining skin integrity and body temperature. Their unique structure - a distinct polar head and a fatty acid tail imparts unique characteristics to the skin. It helps keep the hydration levels in check and enables natural repair.

However, when these lipids are lost, it leads to skin dehydration, loss of integrity, and skin damage. Restoring the skin function will require restorative skin therapy. That involves putting lipids back into the skin.

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