Gel Masks and protecting the Acid Mantle

For every product we develop the goal is to protect and heal the skin this is why FROWNIES products have been giving women younger softer looking skin for years. Sensitive skin? Dryness, redness, itchiness, inflammation? Then your acid mantle pH level is out of whack and off balance. 

The Acid Mantle

The protective acid mantle is referred to as the hydro-lipid film. It’s a slightly acidic protective film, that lays on the skin's surface; the acid mantel acts as the interface between you and harmful entities. Protecting the acid mantel is our skin care commitment to you.

"In the 1920’s, Macrhionini and Schade identified the acidity of the skin, which they called the acid mantle. They also found that this mantle discouraged the growth of fungi and bacteria; It wasn’t until much later that it was discovered that chronic alkalisation can knock this acid mantle out of balance, which can lead to inflammation, dermatitis and atopic skin diseases."

If this is too technical, here's a simple scenario:
When washing your face with soap or an astringent cleanser have you ever experienced a tight, dry feeling? Or sensitivity?
This feeling is the acid mantle--stripped and knocked out of balance.

Skin Structure

It’s a unique micro-flora that’s made up of strange secretions which cover the entire surface of your skin.
* The oily secretions originate in the sebaceous glands.
* The water phase is from perspiration in the sweat glands, which exhibit a powerful bactericidal effect.
* Secretions also come from our natural moisturizing factor.
All of which helps to keep your skin gorgeous and healthy.
Your skin’s acid mantle is made up of the following:
* Water
* Lactic acid
* Urocanic acid
* Fatty acids
* Pyrrolidine carboxylic acid
* Eccrine glands (secrete amino acids to help with the metabolism of skin)
These elements protect against environmental assaults. They secrete enzymes, that break down excess sebum in the skin. They prevent bad bacteria and viruses from entering the blood stream. They keep your skin soft and supple, so it stays free from cracks and abrasions. They boost the immune system, which produces antigens close to the skins surface; these antigens hinder the growth of bad bacteria, known as pathogens.

Harmful environments for skin

Our world consists of different environments, some of which have negative effects on our skin. Sun damage, pollutants, dust, central heating, air conditioning, harsh treatments and astringent products all stress the skin, which breaks down our cells natural defense mechanisms. Our skins function as a barrier gets out of balance, and the inter-cellular lipids between our cell walls (designed to keep this barrier intact) break down, creating skin conditions.

"Bacteria, allergens and foreign bodies find a passageway through your skin causing havoc, once they hit the blood stream they create inflammation, allergies and breakouts."

The skin’s pH balance 

The pH is the crucial factor for determining healthy bacteria and the level of acidity. A neutral pH is 7, anything above creates an ALKALINE environment, and below creates an ACID environment. A healthy pH is around 5.5. Skin is so acidic because pathogenic bacteria thrive under alkaline conditions.
So it is important that skincare products be formulated without strong astringents, which upset the delicate micro flora.The ingredients within a formula, must be gentle enough to keep the pH levels balanced for it to remain healthy.

Frownies Masks for healing

Using FROWNIES skin care products helps protect and support the acid mantel from being depleted. FROWNIES Full Face Mask, Neck Mask, and Under Eye Gels help to restore the acid mantel and deliver ingredients deep into the skin as well as reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth. All-natural cactus collagen masks contain no silicone!

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