Sensitive skin. Flaky patches. Dehydrated and / or Dull skin. If these concerns ring a bell, you might want to look at strengthening your skin’s protective barrier. Read on to discover how to maintain it in optimal shape.
What is the skin barrier and what does it do?
The skin’s barrier is the outermost layer of skin cells – they help protect from the damage caused by external factors, such as pollution and exposure to UV. It also contributes to reducing the loss of water.
In short, a healthy skin barrier keeps the skin hydrated, less sensitive to its environment.
Two internal factors also impact the skin barrier: age and stress: as we age, the skin barrier becomes thinner, reducing its effectiveness. Intense stress and fatigue also cause the skin to become more fragile and dehydrated.
5 Dos and Don’ts
#1 – Avoid soap based cleansers as well as alcohol based toners
Soap as well as alcohol strip the skin of its natural oil, modifying the skin’s natural pH. In the long run, this leads to more sensitive and drier skin.
If your skin shows some flaky patches, you might be using a cleanser that is too strong for your skin. Try switching to a gentle, foam free cleanser.
#2- Protect the skin from UV exposure, as the external layer is the first to be damaged by over-exposure to UV radiations.
#3- Look for the following ingredients in your skincare
- Ceramide: helps restore the skin barrier and keep hydration within
- Moringa seed: gently purifies the skin by keeping dust and particles at the surface of the skin
- Hyaluronic acid: retains water in the skin cells, plumping them up
- Centella asiatica: soothes the skin, reducing micro inflammation
#4- If you have sensitive, flaky skin: check your skin routine to see if you are using exfoliating or stronger ingredients such as retinol. It might be worth reducing usage / frequency while your skin rebalances.
#5- If you are stressed: mask up
Stressed, tired skin becomes more dehydrated and sensitive. Give your skin a boost with extra hydration to help sooth it and restore its balance.
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