Waking up with healthy skin is a great way to start your day, with many studies showing that unhealthy skin having a negative impact on one’s confidence and self-esteem. Our goal is to ensure that you can feel confident and beautiful in your own skin, with simplicity and ease.
To achieve this we have concentrated on what’s most important in the quest to having beautiful skin every day – caring for your skin barrier. Because the fundamental of the healthy skin is the skin barrier.
What is the Skin barrier?
Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin which is only about 0.01 – 0.02 mm thickness but it’s crucially important. It acts as the primary barrier between your body and the outside world and protecting from external stresses.
The composition of skin barrier is skin cells and three lipid classes which are fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol.
What is the skin barrier function?
The skin barrier function is the role to keep your body healthy and protected from the outside world.
The primary function of the skin barrier is to prevent your skin from drying out by minimizing excessive water loss through the skin. Secondly, it serves to defend the body against external factors, such as bacteria, pollutants and ultraviolet rays.
When your skin barrier isn’t healthy, what is going to happen?
When your skin barrier is not functioning at its optimal capacity or is unhealthy, you may experience;
Redness and Irritation
Dryness and wrinkles
Acne and Breakouts
This can happen from using skin care products that are too harsh or not suitable for your skin type, or overuse of products that contain exfoliant properties (physical exfoliant particles like a scrub or chemically based exfoliants). Lack of hydration and moisture in the skin can also contribute to an unhealthy skin barrier, as can a lack of nutrients.
How to fix the damaged skin barrier and keep it healthy
When it comes to skin-barrier-care, it is crucial to replenish your skin with barrier friendly ingredients such as Fatty Acids, Ceramides, Amino acids and hyaluronic acid. These elements naturally occur in our skin, but they become reduced over time as we age, especially after age 20.
Your skincare habits directly affect your skin barrier health. You can improve your skin barrier by taking the following actions:
Do not use physical exfoliation such as abrasive scrubs.
Stop over-exfoliation with chemical exfoliation like AHA, BHA and excessive use of retinol, or anti-acne treatments.
Choose a mild cleanser and do not use soap bars or high-alkaline cleansers as those products may damage your skin barrier.
Wash your face gently with your hands using lukewarm water, do not use a sponge or electrical devices.
Always apply a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher.
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