It is about 'Keeping Good Stuff In' and 'Bad stuff out'.
Our skin is composed of several different layers, and your skin barrier—also called your moisture barrier—is the outermost one. In the simplest terms, its job is to keep bad things like irritants out and good things like hydration in.
Skin Barrier is different from skin microbiome (ecosystem of bacteria - good and bad, we will talk about this in our other blog post.)
Most of the barrier damage comes from stripping your skin of its natural oils with harsh cleansers, too much exfoliation, acne medication, UV exposure, smoking, lack of sleep, stress and wearing masks and facial coverings daily.
Skin barrier protects our internal body from toxins like pollution, harmful chemicals, UV radiation.
You can tell if you have a damaged barrier when your skin will look and feel irritated - scaly texture, itchy, redness, inflamed, dehydrated and dull, hyperpigmented and delayed wound healing.
How do you treat a damaged skin barrier?
First, Be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion. Perfect skin does not exist. But glowing radiant healthy one can be achieved.
Use a gentle cleanser. Products that support skin barrier.
Take a break from actives for at least 2 weeks. Actives such as Retinol and harsh exfoliants.
Look at healing and hydrating, antioxidants such us Vitamin B3/Niacinamide serum and nourishing moisturisers packed with Hyaluronic Acid.
Water and enough sleep. We know. It's hard but you'll get use to it.
Take care of yourself. How we release stress impacts our overall health and skin health.
Remember, Healthy Skin Barrier = Glowing Skin.