If you know skincare, you know that protecting your skin’s natural barrier is essential and there are tons of products that claim to do this. But you might be wondering what the skin’s natural barrier actually does. It is the defensive top layer of your skin made of tough cells that protect you from environmental stressors, pollution, bacteria, and other factors that can harm your skin and body which is why it needs to be protected or repaired. The main causes of a compromised skin are sunburn, over exfoliation, harsh chemicals, or irritants.
If you notice dryness or scaly skin, sensitivity, acne, itchiness, or any type of irritation this could mean your skin’s barrier is damaged. Don’t freak out. There are ways to repair the damage and we are here to tell you how!
So how do you repair the damage?
To start with, try keeping your skincare routine to a minimal and only use products your skin needs (don’t buy what your friend is buying, it might not work for you) and products that are actually effective for your skin concerns. Think products labeled for ‘delicate’ skin, or products that mention ‘repairing’.
When using an exfoliator, whether chemical or physical, make sure you are very gentle and are not over-exfoliating as this will damage your skin’s barrier resulting in hypersensitivity. Limit exfoliation to 2-3 times a week, less if your skin is very sensitive.
To keep your skin happy, when it comes to moisturizers, look for one with ingredients such as ceramides, niacinamide, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid or panthenol. Redness can be tackled by using skin soothing ingredients like lavender, oat, and aloe vera.
Golden Rule: Don’t skip out on SPF because it will protect your delicate skin against the harsh UVA/UVB rays!
Now you have a good idea about how important it is to keep your skin barrier healthy and happy. Here are some of our favorite products for it:
Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Tonic
Malin + Goetz Replenishing Serum
Haruharu Wonder Honey Green Reparative Cream
Doll Face Nourish Antioxidant Protective Moisturizer