Your skin barrier. You’ve no doubt heard us (& every other skincare brand out there) talking about it at some point in your skincare journey, but have you ever stopped to read up on what it is, why it’s important, how it can be damaged & the best way to care for / repair it?
If not? Don’t fret, we have you covered!
If we want to get technical, the skin barrier is the epidermis (outer layer of your skin) and consists of skin cells, oils, lipids, amino acids & fatty acids (the stratum corneum).
In less scienced-out terms, your skin barrier is the outer layer of your skin responsible for defending it against damage. It keeps the bad things out (UV rays, toxins, pollution etc) and the good things like your hydration levels in.
When your skin barrier is healthy & functioning as it should be, you get that delicious glow. When it is broken however is when you start to see problems. Unfortunately, your skin barrier is like that high maintenance friend we all have - amazing to be around when in a happy mood, but overly reactive to negative stimulus.
Like that dramatic friend, your skin barrier will pretty quickly show signs that it’s not happy. Most of them are super obvious & if you’re in touch with what’s normal for your skin, you’ll likely notice them straight away.
As per the graphic, they could be one or any mix of the following…
If you think you’ve damaged your skin barrier, the first thing you need to do is immediately remove all super active products from your skincare regimen. This could include:
Whilst your skin settles back down, dermatologists recommend you return to a super basic routine consisting of a very mild, soap free cleanser (our cleanser fits this bill), an active ingredient free moisturiser that ideally contains ingredients like colloidal oats or & a sunscreen and leave it at that.
We can hear your sadness, we LOVE using a host of different products too – but fortunately, this won’t be forever. Depending on the level of damage to your skin barrier, sticking to a really simple skincare routine should have you back using a more complex routine in a couple of weeks (on average 1-8 weeks). If it doesn’t heal however and you haven’t already, make an appointment with your dermatologist to really get to the root of your problem.