All about Skinescue™

To create our Skinescue™ range, we spent time putting together a combination of ingredients that would deliver real benefits to the natural skin barrier. The range includes some of our favourite actives (e.g glucosides and white tea) and methods (e.g oil cleansing).

There is a product for every skin type in the range, and the products can be used together (as part of a multi-step routine), or slotted into an existing routine. Our experience so far has been really positive - the right product at the right time can turn things around, and these actives really help to achieve that!

We created this page to explain the range in more detail. You could just skip over to the column on the right and click on the products directly, but we hope that the info below will give more insight into what this range does. All the products are also listed in the main categories of our shop.

From the Ishtar Team xx

What is the skin barrier?

Skin is amazing. It defends us against all manner of pathogens and it protects us from harsh environmental stressors. It is also our physical interface with the world, through which we touch things and each other.

The 'skin barrier' is an essential part of the skin's natural protective ability. The phrase 'skin barrier' refers to the very outermost layer of skin. It contains non-living skin cells (before they are shed), lipids and the skin's Natural Moisture Factor (NMF) that contains amino acids, salts and other acids. In addition, on the very surface, there are beneficial microorganisms - the skin's microbiome - that help the skin ward off pathogens such as the P. Acnes bacteria.

This layer - which is only about 15 cells thick - prevents excessive water loss from the skin and helps living cells underneath stay healthy.

What happens if the skin barrier is disrupted?

Ageing, harsh cleansing routines, extreme weather and other issues can all take their toll, stripping the skin of its natural defence faster than it can cope with. When this happens, despite all of the skin's amazing qualities, unwelcome issues can take hold. Irritation, dryness and flakiness have all been associated with a disrupted skin barrier. Also, sensitivity reactions are more common if the skin barrier is compromised.

Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is therefore essential to maintaining happy, healthy skin.

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Maintaining a Healthy Skin Barrier

Active Ingredients

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Unmask Cleansing Oil

Unmask Cleansing Oil

Unmask Cleansing oil is a gentle, soap-free  cleansing oil for normal to combination skin types. It rinses away easily with water.  It is specially formulated to remove stubborn makeup and s...

£8.95

Cleansing Mousse With Organic White Tea

Cleansing Mousse With Organic White Tea

Cleansing Mousse With Organic White Tea   Start each day on a cloud with our soft and velvety cleansing mousse. Formulated with 100% Ecocert ingredients this antioxidant rich foam gives an uplif...

£12.00

Multi-Ceramide Concentrate

Multi-Ceramide Concentrate

Multi-Ceramide Concentrate - With Skin Identical Lipids & SterolsCeramides and sterols form the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Together they improve hydration, protect from environmental stress and...

£15.00

Thistle & Oat Cleansing Oil

Thistle & Oat Cleansing Oil

Thistle & Oat Cleansing oil is a gentle, soap-free  cleansing oil for dry and sensitive complexions.  Oil based cleansers work with natural skin oils, dissolving sebum and trapped impuri...

£8.95

Skinbiotica Daily Defence Serum

Skinbiotica Daily Defence Serum

Skinbiotica Daily Defence Serum - With Calming Glucosides & PrebioticsWhen our skin's natural defence mechanisms are compromised redness and/or irritation follow. This soothing serum restores derm...

£14.00