We are so conditioned to run in horror at the word Cholesterol when it comes to our diet. However, it is now considered a wonder ingredient for our skin!

What is Cholesterol?
Quick science lesson! Firstly, there are 2 types of cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoproteins – the bad one) and HDL (high-density lipoproteins – the good one). As humans, every cell of the body contains cholesterol as it has important roles in digesting food, producing hormones and generating vitamin D. We make cholesterol naturally but we also get it from food as well. Because of its fatty/waxy-like appearance, it’s no wonder it’s good for protecting our skin externally.

Why is it good for our skin?
Starting to add cholesterol into your beauty regime helps strengthen the skin as well as boasting protective properties. As we age, cholesterol levels in the skin start to decrease from our 30’s onwards, so looking to products containing this ingredient is key for keeping that youthful glow!

Did you know cholesterol can be found in our skins protective barrier called the stratum corneum? This outer barrier of the epidermis protects the deeper layers of the skin from harsh environmental factors and allows the skin to retain moisture. A damaged barrier results in the skin being more susceptible to dryness, sensitives, wrinkles and blemishes.

Vis Viva Skincare founder Emma Hart said: “Cholesterol is an amazing biological substance. It is the building block of steroid hormone production and is the material that our skin uses to create vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

What to look out for in your beauty products
Our skins barrier is also made up of two more “familiar” lipids, ceramides and fatty acids. So, to really improve the function of this protective layer we need to be looking to products with cholesterol in the ingredients menu.

Below are three cholesterol-rich beauty products to add to your existing regime…

Vis Viva – Retinyl + Frankincense Restorative Oil Serum £39.00
Rich in cholesterol and Vitamin A, to plump, restore and restore radiance. Along with heady fragrance of Frankincense, which helps to soothe the skin and calm the mind for bedtime.

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Barrier Repair Cream £130
Formulated with the three key lipids; Cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids all to help repair the outer barrier layer of the skin. Improving skin texture, hydration and overall radiance.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (60 capsules) £66.00
A potent lightweight serum to help build and strengthen the protective barrier. Containing all three lipids to increase moisture levels and reduce signs of ageing.