Why we need lipids!

Healthy skin starts with a healthy skin barrier. Our skin is based on a lipid/oil chemical structure and designed to be selectively absorbent, allowing penetration of oil soluble constituents which play an important role in our epidermal barrier function for moisture, suppleness and to prevent skin disorders.

The epidermis is thin, tough and waterproof because of lipids This protective shield works to help your body repel damaging bacteria, viruses and chemical substances while protecting us from harmful rays of the sun. By example, Harsh synthetic chemicals in skincare often cause imbalances, disrupting the skin’s lipid balance, moisture levels and flora, which can ultimately weaken the skin’s protective acid mantle and contribute to skin problems ranging from eczema to acne and premature ageing. Not all lipids can be synthesized by the body…..and not all lipids can be produced in sufficient quantities by skin cells all our life… The skin epidermis is an active site of lipid synthesis, exceeding even the liver, kidney and gastrointestinal epithelia. (1) As we age, the skin produces fewer ceramides, lipids and fatty acids to seal the moisture barrier, resulting in an increase in water loss and dryness. In a perfect world… In normal epidermis, lipids are synthesized in certain epidermal layers suggesting that lipid synthesis may increase during normal epidermal cell differentiation. (2) The skin cells can synthetise their own lipids as they need it and disruption of the epidermal barrier stimulates lipid synthesis , which is required for full recovery of the barrier. (3) Essential fatty acids (EFAs)… we need them!

Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) can’t be synthesized by the body and we need to get it from our food or applied them topically.

Research shows that essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency ,especially the omega 6 or linoleic acid (LA and GLA) leads to abnormalities in skin function, resulting in dry, flaky skin. The lack of EFAs can’t protect the skin barrier against excessive water loss. (4) The symptoms in these skin disorders are reversible by the addition of EFAs in the diet, or by topical application. Increasing the levels of key EFAs increases cell membrane fluidity, enhances barrier function and repair, decreases trans-epidermal water loss, improves moisturization, cell signaling, cell immunity, and anti-inflammatory activity. (5)

At Corpa Flora , we incorporate organic pure seed oils rich in EFAs in our face and body formulas. Often people with acne have an essential fatty acid deficiency in their skin and applying linoleic acid-rich plant oils will help to balance sebum production and oiliness that is associated with acne. (6) Thank you to the OMEGA 6 family (LA and GLA).

Linoleic acid (omega 6) is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in human skin and is indispensable.

As we age, the amount of lipids decrease significantly and especially which is why we are more prone to dry skin as we age.

The consumption of borage oil induced statistically significant improvement of the epidermal barrier function in the elderly people. (7)

Topical application of EFAs has the added benefit of actually adding moisture and hydration and these natural constituents become well absorbed into the epidermal , dermal layers and eventually to the rest of the body. A significant portion of ingested EFAs may be oxidized by the liver before reaching skin tissues, topical application may be a more efficient route of delivery for skin effects, especially during deficiency.

Our Corpa Flora oil complexes are valuable for everybody and also people prone to dermatitis, eczema and also going through oncology treatments - so no matter what your skin’s current state, at corpa Flora you will find a product that fits your skin condition.
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  2. Uchiyama N, Yamamoto A, Kameda K, Yamaguchi H, Ito M. The activity of fatty acid synthase of epidermal keratinocytes is regulated in the lower stratum spinousum and the stratum basale by local inflammation rather than by circulating hormones. J Dermatol Sci. 2000;24:134–141.
  3. Man M, Elias PM, Feingold KR. Fatty acids are required for epidermal permeability barrier function. J Clin Invest. 1993;92:791–798.
  4. Wanjarus Roongpisuthipong, Pariya Phanachet, Chulapom Roongpisuthipong, and Natta Rajatanavin.Essential fatty acid deficiency while a patient receiving fat regimen total parenteral nutrition.BMJ Case Rep. 2012;2012:brc0720114475
  5. VZiboh and C Miller, Essential fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Significance in cutaneous biology, Ann Rev Nutr 10 433-450 (1990)
  6. Letawe C, Boone M, Piérard GE. Digital image analysis of the effect of topically applied linoleic acid on acne microcomedones. Clin Exp Dermatol.1998 Mar:23(2):56-8.
  7. T Brosche and D Platt. Effect of borage oil consumption on fatty acid metabolism, transepidermal water loss and skin parameters in elderly people. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2000; 30(2): 139–150.

Normal skin type: "Normal" is a term used to refer to well-balanced skin. The T-zone (forehead, chin, and nose) may be a bit oily, but overall sebum and moisture are balanced, and the skin is neither too oily nor too dry. Corpa Flora recommends using the DUOS right after the cleansing step, by applying into the palm 1/2 a pump of facial oil and 1/2 a pump of hydration enhancer serum. Rub your hands together and apply to the face, neck and décolleté. If the skin is too dry or too oily after 30 minutes, it is important to readjust the dosage of the two formulas.



Dry skin type: Dry skin is used to describe a skin that produces less sebum than normal skin. As a result of a lack of sebum, dry skin lacks the lipids (oils) that it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external factors. Corpa Flora recommends using DUOS right after the cleansing step by applying into your palm 1 full pump of facial oil and 1/2 a pump of hydration enhancer serum. Rub your hands together and apply to the face, neck and décolleté. If the skin is too dry or too oily after 30 minutes, it is important to readjust the dosage of the two formulas.


Oily skin types: Oily skin is characterised by enlarged and clearly visible pores, a glossy shine, thicker skin prone to blackheads and whiteheads, as well as varying forms of acne. Corpa Flora recommends using the DUOS right after the cleansing step by applying into your palm only a few drops of facial oil with 1 full pump of hydration enhancer serum. Rub hands together and apply to your face, neck and décolleté. If your skin is still oily 30 minutes after applying your DUO facial oil/hydration enhancer serum, you're using way too much facial oil, and you should readjust the dosages according to your own skin's needs.

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