Dry skin, breakouts, sensitivity, and wrinkles can be symptoms of a damaged skin barrier. Think of this barrier (also known as the lipid or moisture barrier) as the protective upper layers that keep out environmental toxins, while keeping moisture and hydration inside.
How Does Your Skin’s Moisture Barrier Work?
Your skin’s barrier is made up of cells, the lipids that bind them, and natural moisturizing factors, and its function is to keep out external toxins like bacteria, and keep the moisture in. When the barrier is intact and healthy, skin appears plump, and smooth, but when it’s compromised, skin becomes dehydrated, dull, and more prone to sun damage and irritation.
What are Symptoms of a Damaged Skin Barrier?
Chronic dry skin, sensitivity to products, a tendency to break out in rashes, and acne are all signs of a weakened skin barrier. The problem can worsens with age: At age 50 and over, the skin barrier function diminishes, which makes the skin less protected and more vulnerable. There are steps you can take to strengthen your skin.
How to Restore and Protect Your Skin’s Moisture Barrier
Start by avoiding skin-damaging habits that strip natural moisture from the skin: Here are a few tips.
- Avoid hot water when cleansing. Use lukewarm water to cleanse the skin.
- Use Ph Balanced skin care products. (soap free, alcohol free)
- Include hydrating toner and serums in your skin care routine.
- Choose products with plant oils and squalane (mimics natural lipids, derived from Olives). Avoid mineral oil/petroleum-based products.
- Niacinamide, This ingredient, also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface.
- Protect and Seal with moisturizer based on your skin condition, including an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Use a Night 'Treatment' cream for intensive nutrient delivery while you sleep.
- Don't over-exfoliate! More isn't always better. Retinol, (Retin-A Tretinoin topicals), and acid-based products, and harsh scrubs can thin the skin and compromise the skin's barrier. Ask for a professional skin consultation to determine the best way to treat your skin condition.
- Include a Hydrating/Moisturizing Mask at least once a week to replenish the skin.
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