Move over, retinol. Cholesterol often gets a bad rap, but when it comes to skincare, it’s an anti-aging powerhouse. And cult-fave beauty brand Skinceuticals is using ingredients like cholesterol to target those crow’s feet and laugh lines. Its Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 anti-aging cream harnesses fat to combat the signs of accelerated aging through healthy cell turnover, improved barrier function and natural self-repair.
So how exactly does it work? Lipids are the skin’s natural fats, which include ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. As we age, we experience lipid depletion—the loss of natural fats on the surface of our skin—which compromises the skin’s natural protective barrier. And that leads to signs of accelerated aging, including roughness, dullness, uncomfortable tightness and loss of facial fullness.
While there are plenty of anti-aging products on the market, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 addresses these concerns with a concentration of lipids: 2 percent pure ceramides (with the same configuration as those found in human skin), 4 percent natural cholesterol and 2 percent fatty acids. According to Skinceuticals, natural cholesterol accelerates barrier recovery in aging skin, while fatty acids—high in linoleic acid (omega-6) and oleic acid (omega-9)—support lipid production.
While we can’t turn back time, we may be able to slow it down: In an eight-week study, Triple Lipid Restore significantly improved key signs of accelerated aging such as evenness, smoothness, radiance, laxity and pore appearance—and all this with a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture. The anti-aging cream also has more than 500 five-star reviews on Skinceutical’s website—and the brand is a favourite among celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Sienna Miller and Hailey Baldwin (all who happen to have remarkable skin).
So whether you’re looking to tackle the signs of aging or get some bounce back into dull, dry skin, don’t overlook the power of fat.