Did you know your skin has a barrier? If you did know that, did you know that to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, your skin barrier needs to be healthy? Whether you knew this or not we’re going to talk about how to keep this layer of skin healthy and happy - because it is more important than you realize.
So, what is your skin barrier?
Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of skin. The main function of this layer is to keep the skin’s moisture in and keep allergens and other irritants out. It is the barrier between your skin and the outside world. When this layer becomes damaged it can cause skin to become dry and irritated. Dry irritated skin makes your skin more susceptible to allergens and irritants like bacteria.
What causes your skin barrier to become damaged?
There are a few different things that can cause damage to your skin barrier. Two main factors can be over washing and over exfoliating. Most hand washes and scrubs are too harsh for our gentle skin; they can actually strip your skin of its own natural moisture leaving you with drier skin than you started with. Nature can cause havoc on our skin. Poor air quality, dry air, extreme sunlight, all of these can cause your skin to become dry because these environmental factors can rob your skin of moisture. Finally, your age can also affect your skin. When we get older our skin becomes thinner and this thinning makes it harder for your skin to retain moisture. Hence moisturizing properly becomes more important.
So, how do we restore and maintain the skin barrier?
Fortunately there is a simple skin barrier repair method to help repair your damaged skin barrier.
- Simplify Your Routine: over using multiple skin care products can cause your skin to become irritated. Keep things simple by using a mild cleanser and moisturizer. Add a toner to your face if needed.
- Find Products With Antioxidants and Fatty Lipids : Certain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Ceramides, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are all ingredients that are proven to restore your skin barrier.
- Moisturize With A Repairing Lotion: Getting moisture into your skin is the most essential step into repairing your skin barrier. Adding a shielding lotion like Skin MD can up your moisturizing game. It creates a protective barrier to help protect your skin barrier and it helps lock moisture into your skin. It also has botanicals that have been proven to help restore and soothe your skin.
At the end of the day we all know that dry skin can be frustrating. Take a breath, think about what you would want your skin care routine to look like and put it into action. Your skin won’t be fixed overnight but in time you will see improvement.