Your skin barrier is easily compromised by habits that are seemingly harmless in your routine.
Let me start by explaining what is a skin barrier?
The skin is made up of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The epidermis is the outer most layer of the skin its function is to protect the skin from harsh elements and support it in moisture retention.
it consists of lipids which are oils that include ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterols, the skin barrier is excellent at what it does until certain elements are introduced that disturb its structure.
Damaged skin barrier
When the skin barrier is damaged an individual can starts to see certain skin problem that include dry flaky skin, skin is easily irritated, blemishes start to appear and other concerns due to a loss of nutrients.
This can happen when certain chemicals or irritants penetrate your skin directly, and weaken the skin barrier, preventing it from functioning normally leading to a lack of nutrient absorption, moisture loss, introduction of bacteria into deeper layers of the skin etc.
This is when a serious barrier repair routine is essential, this has to be gentle effective and skin respecting.
5 steps to repair or protect your skin barrier
To effectively prep for your skincare routine clean your skin it's important to begin with a gentle cleanse. This removes dirt, oil, and makeup, build up that might prevent the effectiveness of the other products.
We always advise our clients to double cleanse at night and wash your face once in the morning the most gentle effective routine is ideal here,
you could try this cleanser.
Now because your skin is loosing a lot of moisture it only makes sense to replace the moisture as much as you can, use gentle products with the least amount of actives but high in hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
Also hydrate from the inside out by drinking a good amount of water each day.
You will also need anti inflammatories such as poly hydroxy acids and niacinamide. PHA's are still exfoliants but they are much gentler as they are composed of a much larger structure than AHA's or BHA's, because they don't penetrate into deeper levels of the skin.
They are less irritating than the acidic alternatives.
They also don't make the skin become more photo-sensitive, or susceptible to UV rays
Now when it comes to sunscreen you can never compromise on, it has been proven scientifically as the single most important step to help avoid skin damage and dangerous skin conditions.
so we can confidently say the pros out weigh the cons.
Please use sunscreen and reapply as needed throughout the day.
But for you to get the full picture please read the quote below.
"When the FDA began to consider sunscreen safety, it grandfathered in active ingredients from the late 1970s without reviewing the evidence of their potential hazards. In February 2019, the agency released its final draft sunscreens monograph, which contains insufficient health and safety data to designate 12 of the 16 sunscreen filters allowed for use in the U.S. as generally recognized as safe and effective, or GRASE. These 12 ingredients include some of the most commonly used UV filters, including oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone. According to the agency, “nearly all of these sunscreen active ingredients … have limited or no data characterizing their absorption.” read this article further here.
Stop doing this and only feed your skin what it needs
Stop over exfoliating
Stop using too many active ingredients separately that are not formulated in one product
Stop over cleansing
Exfoliate but with the less is more approach.
Figure out what your skin needs, is it nourishment, hydration or repair then curate your routine accordingly.
If you are not sure we would be happy to help email us firstname.lastname@example.org