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How to repair & protect your skin barrier

How to repair & protect your skin barrier
Your skin is made up of multiple layers. The outer layer, called the stratum corneum, consists of tough skin cells. This is your skin barrier.
 This skin barrier serves as an important function as its job is to protect your body.When your skin barrier is healthy, it will keep pathogens out and moisture in. It’s made up of oils, fatty acids and ceramides, which it needs to function properly.
A healthy skin barrier function will retain moisture and stay hydrated, which will help it to also look younger and more radiant. An impaired moisture barrier function will do the opposite and can leave you with a tight, dry and dull-looking complexion.

What can damage your skin barrier? 

Every day, your skin confronts a barrage of threats, many of which come from outside your body and a few that come from within.

Some of the external and internal conditions that can affect your skin barrier include:

  • an environment that’s either too humid or too dry
  • allergens, irritants, and pollutants
  • too much sun exposure
  • alkaline detergents and soaps
  • exposure to harsh chemicals
  • over-exfoliation or over-washing
  • steroids

 

When your skin barrier isn’t functioning properly, you may be more prone to developing the following skin symptoms and conditions:

  • dry, scaly skin
  • itchiness 
  • acne
  • sensitive or inflamed areas
  • bacterial, fungal or viral skin infections

 

 

How to repair your skin barrier

You can help repair your skin’s barrier by simplifying your skin care regime, using products with a suitable pH, and using a moisturizer that contains ceramides or hyaluronic acid. 

 

Here are some moisturisers we recommend: 

MZ SKIN Hydrate & Nourish Age Defence Retinol Day Moisturiser SPF 30

Featuring a pioneering combination of encapsulated Retinol and an SPF30, this daytime resurfacing moisturiser smooths the appearance of lines and wrinkles, stimulates collagen production, and defends against UV damage. Hyaluronic Acid boosts hydration levels, to leave skin soft, smooth and supple.

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Sunday Riley ICE Moisturiser 

Ceramide-enriched moisturiser replenishes the skin with lasting hydration and strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier against environmental stressors responsible for premature aging. Skin stays smooth, balanced and ageless-looking throughout the day.

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