5 ways to Repair and Defend your Skin Barrier Function

It can be a bummer to deal with a damaged skin barrier.

 

Your skin can feel dry and flaky . You'll also find it's more prone to inflammation, irritation, redness, (thinking your skin is sensitive anyone?) or even infection.

 

Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to repair your skin barrier and defend it from further damage!

 

1. Moisturize well 

This first thing you want to do is hydrate the skin well.

Look for ingredients like glycerin, (<- find it in this and many of the other cleansers I sell on the site!), squalane, as well as ingredients that are naturally occurring in the skin's barrier like ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

 

Moisturize your skin morning and night daily. It's important to replenish your skin twice daily. Especially when you are dealing with a damaged skin barrier.

 

And don't forget to masque up! Use hydrating masks at least once or twice a week for an additional hydration boost.

 

2. Exfoliate Gently

Exoliating is necessary for the skin, but be sure you do it gently. Harsh exfoliants can cause further damage to the skin's barrier.

 

For example, never, ever, ever use something like St. Ive's apricot scrub on your face. Under a microscope, the grains used in the product look like little shards of glass and can cause micro-tears in your skin. No bueno.

 

You can use a chemical exfoliant or a gentle manual exfoliant and only exfoliate around twice a week in the evening.

 

3. Replenish your skin barrier using moringa oil

Moringa oil is made up of 40% monounsaturated fatty acids. 70% of that is oleic acid. This combination makes moringa oil great for supporting the skin barrier. 

 

Oleic acid is a godsend for dry, aging skin (if you're reading this, you're aging... we all are!) because it has a molecular structure that allows it to penetrate deeply and easily into the skin’s surface. 

 

Oleic acid is excellent at replenishing the moisture that is naturally lost with age. It also helps moisture from evaporating; a natural function of the skin barrier!

 

Moringa oil is basically the holy grail of skincare ingredients. It has incredible healing properties and does more positive things for the skin than almost any other ingredient out there... at least that we know of at this time.

 

4. Mind your pH

Your skin’s delicate acid mantle hovers around a pH of 5.7. But the pH of some skin products can range from 3.7, all the way up to 8.2.

 

Although it's not always necessary, cleanse using a product like the Anteage Cleanser that’s close to your skin’s natural pH when you are dealing with damage to the skin barrier.

 

Keeping your skin’s pH at a healthy level may help protect you from skin conditions such as ichthyosis, dermatitis, acne, and candida infections.

 

 

5. Wear sunscreen daily

Sunscreen inhibits, not only the sun's rays from causing damage to your skin, but it also helps to ensure the microbiota in your skin stay balanced. A balanced microbiome is imperative to good skin health.

 

Take care to wear sunscreen daily. Use a great SPF 30 like the Hale & Hush Broad Spectrum Zinc Oxide SPF 30. Not only is it broad spectrum, protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays, it also provides UV protection at a cellular level with it's amino acid and algae blend. 

  

Following these tips may help you to repair the damage done to your skin's barrier and get your skin back to a place where you can work on tackling your skin conditions for good! 

 

Ready to get started on the journey to your best skin? Book a consultation today! 

 

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