Linoleic acid, or essential fatty acid (EFA) Omega 6, is integral for proper function of the skin barrier. EFAs (Omega 6 and Omega 3) cannot be synthesized by the skin, which is how they’ve earned their “essential” title. Non-essential fatty acids (saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides), while still beneficial, can be synthesized in our body. So, EFAs must be obtained from external sources. EFAs have important roles in both the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin, and therefore maintaining their concentrations has a direct impact on its health and appearance.1
The structure of stratum corneum is like a brick wall. The corneocytes or “bricks” are surrounded by the intercellular lipid lamellae that act like the “mortar” which maintains both integrity and permeability of the skin barrier. 1 Applying linoleic acid topically supports the integrity of this “mortar” and provides excellent anti-inflammatory benefits.2 It’s the major lipid that converts to arachidonic acid in the skin. Arachidonic acid leads to prostaglandin E2, which is an inflammatory modulator.2 This means linoleic is one of the most prized fatty acids for reducing inflammation. In fact, many acne-prone skin types are found to be deficient in linoleic acid.3
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Products with Linoleic Acid
Balancing Hybrid Cleanser: calm + clarify
An indulgent daily ritual to perfectly prep the skin. Gently clarify, soothe redness and sensitivity, and delicately refine texture with this impurity dissolving balm and nourishing gel cleanser in one.
- A$50.00 – A$148.0050ml10ml
illuminating anti-stress treatment: brighten + mend
A soft, lightweight treatment to target the appearance of redness, dullness, and skin stress. Protect and soothe skin from the visible effects of free radical exposure, inflammatory response, or a compromised skin barrier. multiphasic actives restore vibrancy, lift tired skin, brighten the appearance of dark circles and enhance overall luminosity.
- A$52.00 – A$165.0050ml10ml
holistic tone balancing treatment: revitalize + perfect
An innovative approach to pigment correction delivering holistic skin balance and unprecedented radiance simultaneously. Multifunctional brighteners visibly lift discolorations, cellular repair agents target fine lines and redness, and active botanicals support resilience and vitality. A transformative treatment for skin that looks healthy, vibrant, and restored.
- A$58.00 – A$195.0050ml10ml
multi-corrective overnight facial: resurface + renew
An advanced resurfacing treatment to dynamically recondition skin’s appearance. An intelligent blend of direct acid, enzyme, and non-acid exfoliants soften visible blemishes, hyperpigmented spots, pores, and texture. Novel actives add supple volume, boost luminosity, and support a resilient microbiome for facial-like results overnight.
- A$58.00 – A$125.0030ml10ml
firming lipid concentrate: recontour + fortify
A velvety oil-based firming treatment to softly reshape the facial contour, soothe the appearance of redness and dryness, fill visible fine lines, and fortify the skin barrier. Cheeks, jawline, and neck appear plumped and lifted, inflammatory reactions less evident, and suppleness and elasticity are noticeably restored.