The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin. It’s like a wall, defending us from cold, rain, heat, and all the bad stuff that can cause us harm. But if there’s a hole in the wall, the bad things can easily enter and disrupt our skin’s natural function.
But how can you fix it and repair the damage? We have all your answers. Keep reading to learn all about your skin barrier and how to repair it.
The skin’s natural barrier is made up of a unique combination of ceramides, and cholesterols. It keeps the good stuff in—and the bad stuff out while helping the skin to hold onto natural moisture. Pollution, UV radiation, lack of sleep, stress, overwashing, using too hot or too cold water, overuse of exfoliants, and harsh treatments can damage it. The three signs of a damaged skin barrier are:
1. Redness and inflammation
2. Dry, itchy skin
Here’s what you need to do to fix it.
1. Stop using all of your active ingredients, including your vitamin C, retinol, AHA, or BHA.
2. Don’t exfoliate for a while. This includes both physical and chemical forms of exfoliation.
3. Cut down your skincare routine to the three basics – cleanse, moisturise, protect.
4. Apply and reapply your sunscreen throughout the day to minimise the damage.
5. Be kind to your skin – use a gentle, pH-balancing cleanser.
6. If you are struggling with dryness, only wash your face at night to avoid further stripping away your skin.
7. Use a moisturiser with soothing ingredients like panthenol, green tea, and ceramides to rebuild the moisture barrier.