The Unsung Superhero: Unmasking the Extraordinary Powers of Your Skin Barrier
What Is the Skin Barrier?
Think of your skin barrier as a protective wall that keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. The corneocytes, composed of keratin and natural moisturizers, are like bricks. Meanwhile, the lipid layer, composed of cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids, is like the mortar holding the bricks together.
Functions of the Skin Barrier
- Protection: As its name suggests, your skin barrier shields your body from external aggressors like pollutants, bacteria, and UV rays. This not only reduces your risk of inflammation and sensitivity, but also protects against environmental pathogens that could cause widespread bodily harm.
- Hydration: Not only does your skin barrier keep the bad stuff out; it also keeps the good stuff in (i.e. moisture!). Without your skin barrier, water could easily escape and evaporate, leaving your skin AND body dangerously dehydrated.
Damaged Skin Barrier Signs
- Dry, dehydrated skin
- Increased sensitivity
- Dull complexion
What Happens When Your Skin Barrier Becomes Damaged?
How to Heal Your Skin Barrier
- Simplify your skincare routine.
- Avoid harsh products that strip away natural oils.
- Opt for gentle cleansers, moisturizers rich in ceramides, and products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and niacinamide.
- Moisturize correctly with water-retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.
- Use sunscreen daily.
If you are suffering from the side effects of a damaged skin barrier, the aestheticians at Dermal Advantage can help you get back on track. Book a consultation today to get started!
How to Prevent Skin Barrier Damage
- Avoid over-exfoliating or using harsh scrubs, as they can compromise the barrier’s integrity.
- Opt for products with a balanced pH and avoid excessive exposure to hot water, which can deplete essential oils.
- Nourish your body from within by staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet and managing stress levels whenever possible.
Remember, healthy skin paves the way for a glowing and confident you. Ready to give your skin the care it deserves? At Dermal Advantage, our expert team understands the importance of a healthy skin barrier and offers specialized treatments and products to support its optimal function. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us guide you towards glowing and radiant skin.