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Ectoin skincare - what is ectoin and why is it a trend?

Last week we wrote about peptides, a skincare trend that is making a comeback. Today we look at a trend on the rise: ectoine skincare . In these articles we zoom in on the definition, the benefits and give you tips.

What is ectoine?

Ectoin is an amino acid that occurs naturally in various types of bacteria. This substance works as an osmoprotectant, which means that it helps bacteria to deal with osmotic stress. Ectoine does this by balancing the osmotic pressure and protecting the cell from dehydration.

Ectoin is found in all kinds of bacteria, such as extremophile microorganisms that live in challenging environments. Think of the North Pole, salt lakes and deserts. Good to know, but what does this have to do with our skincare?

Ectoin in the world of skincare

How did ectoine actually enter the world of skincare? Is he lost? No, the substance is here to function as a shield for our skin barrier. There are already plenty of videos about it circulating on TikTok and that is not surprising, given the many benefits.

Benefits of ectoine

  • Ectoin is a powerful humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture from the environment. This ensures that the skin's hydration balance is optimal and it remains supple and soft;
  • If you have dry or sensitive skin, ectoin skincare may be the solution for you. The molecule helps to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss;
  • The substance also has antioxidant properties , which protect your skin against free radicals;
  • Perhaps its best feature: it protects you against UV radiation , reducing the risk of skin aging and skin cancer;
  • As if all this wasn't enough, the derivative also has anti-inflammatory properties . Reduce redness, inflammation and irritations on the skin and soothe it skillfully;
  • Do you use skincare with this substance in it? It is not animal-based, so completely vegan and it is suitable for every skin type.

Tips for using ectoine skin care products

Are you planning to try ectoine-based skincare? Please keep the following in mind:

  • First test a small amount on a patch of skin. It is hypoallergenic, but you will just see that you cannot stand it and are completely covered in stains.
  • Follow the studies, because since it is still quite new, we don't know much about its long-term use yet.
  • Still use sunscreen, because blocking UV rays with your serum is not enough.

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