- it keeps skin’s hydration in
- it keeps environmental irritants and pollutants out
When skin’s barrier is strong, it prevents excess water loss (a.k.a. dehydration) and keeps out external aggressors like UV radiation, heat, cold, and environmental irritants. When skin’s barrier is compromised, or damaged, it’s unable to effectively perform these tasks – and you’ll know it!
What are the signs of a damaged skin barrier?
The first warning sign of a damaged skin barrier is dehydration. This can result in symptoms like redness, itching, and flaky skin. Your skin may also become more reactive, and may feel especially sensitive to heat, cold, dry air, or certain skin care products.
What causes skin’s barrier to become compromised?
Unfortunately, many factors can cause damage to the skin barrier. Here are some of the most common triggers:
• Genetics play a role: people with chronically dry skin often naturally lack a strong lipid barrier.
• Ageing depletes skin’s natural lipids over time.
• Seasonal changes in temperature, humidity, and environmental irritants can result in decreased lipids.
• Over-exfoliating or using harsh skin care ingredients can strip lipids from the skin.
• UV exposure, stress, and certain health conditions can damage skin’s barrier or cause it to recover more slowly.
How can I fix a damaged skin barrier?
The fastest way to fix a damaged lipid barrier is to act right away! As soon as you realise your dryness and irritation are signs of a compromised barrier, take the following steps:
• Stop using any products that are causing your skin to feel irritated or sensitive.
• Avoid physical exfoliants until skin feels healthy again.
• Look for ingredients that will soothe your skin and help support a healthy barrier – like ceramides, oats, plant oils, and Hyaluronic Acid. Dermalogica's Ultracalming range
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• Hydrate! Moisturise whenever skin begins to feel dehydrated.
How can I keep skin’s moisture barrier healthy?
When it comes to maintaining a healthy skin barrier, prevention is the best medicine. Hydration is key here – so choose a toner, moisturiser, and SPF
that work for your skin and use them every day. Finally!!! avoid irritants, over-exfoliating or using certain skin care ingredients (like alcohol or acetone) are potential triggers.