Skin Barrier 101: A Guide to Healthy Skin
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You’ve likely come across the term ‘skin barrier’ quite frequently lately. Whether it’s mentioned on the labels of skincare products or discussed by your favourite skincare influencers on TikTok, the skin barrier has become a trending topic in the world of skincare. But what exactly is it, and why is it crucial to care for it? Stay with us, because whether you’re dealing with dryness, acne, or sensitivity, this information is essential.
Here’s your comprehensive guide to understanding the skin barrier!
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SKIN BARRIER?
The skin barrier serves as the skin’s primary defence against external threats like bacteria, irritants, and pollution. Additionally, it plays a pivotal role in retaining essential elements, such as moisture. Regardless of your skin type or the specific skin issues you’re tackling, the skin barrier is a fundamental aspect of maintaining healthy skin. Strengthening it can address most skin concerns.
HOW TO MAINTAIN THE SKIN BARRIER:
– Refrain from using hot water when cleansing your face; opt for lukewarm water instead.
– Moisturise your skin in the morning and at night, regardless of your skin type.
– Be cautious not to overdo exfoliation, and favour chemical exfoliants over physical ones.
– If you use chemical exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs, or retinol, find the right strength and application frequency to prevent irritation.
– Choose gentle cleansers that won’t leave your skin feeling tight or stripped.
– Avoid layering active ingredients like vitamin C, acids, or retinol and apply them at different times of the day or week.
– If you have an elaborate skincare routine with numerous active ingredients but notice signs of a compromised skin barrier (see below), simplify your routine.
– Seek products containing reparative and strengthening components like ceramides, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, niacinamide, and squalane.
– Make it a daily habit to wear SPF, with at least SPF30.
– Enhance absorption by applying hydration serums under your moisturiser, and at night, seal in the moisture with an oil after moisturising.
HOW TO DETECT A DAMAGED SKIN BARRIER:
The health of your skin barrier is closely tied to hydration. It weakens with age, resulting in drier and more sensitive skin. If you frequently experience rashes, redness, or irritation and are prone to skin sensitivity, particularly after applying products, these are red flags indicating a weakened skin barrier. Likewise, if your skin barrier isn’t functioning optimally, you’ll likely encounter dryness and dehydration, leading to dull-looking and rough-feeling skin.
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