5 signs your skin barrier is impaired and how to repair it asap

Your Skin Barrier: 5 Signs your Barrier may be Impaired & How to Fix it

Your skin barrier plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Often referred to as the skin's defence system, this protective barrier helps shield against environmental aggressors, lock in moisture, and prevent irritants from penetrating the skin. In this blog post, we'll delve into the importance of understanding your skin barrier and provide tips for keeping it in optimal condition.

What is the Skin Barrier?

Your skin barrier is made up of lipids (fats), ceramides, cholesterol, and other natural moisturising factors (NMFs) that form a protective layer on the outermost surface of your skin. This barrier acts as a fortress, defending against external stressors such as pollution, UV radiation, and harsh weather conditions, while also preventing moisture loss and maintaining hydration levels.

Signs of a Compromised Skin Barrier

When your skin barrier is compromised, it can lead to a variety of skin concerns, including dryness, sensitivity, redness, and inflammation. Common signs of a weakened skin barrier include:

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Tightness or discomfort
  • Increased sensitivity to skincare products
  • Redness or irritation
  • Breakouts or acne flare-ups

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Skin Barrier

Use Gentle Cleansers

Avoid harsh cleansers that strip away the skin's natural oils. Opt for gentle, pH-balanced cleansers that effectively cleanse without disrupting the skin barrier.

Shop Rejuvenating Foaming Cleanser 

Hydrate Regularly

Keeping your skin hydrated is essential for maintaining a healthy barrier. Incorporate hydrating serums, moisturisers, and occlusives into your skincare routine to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration.

Click here to learn more about targeting dehydration and the products you should use to keep your skin hydrated and happy. 

Protect Against UV Damage

Sun exposure can weaken the skin barrier and lead to premature aging. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Avoid Over-Exfoliation

While exfoliation is beneficial for removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover, over-exfoliation can compromise the skin barrier. Limit exfoliation to 2-3 times per week and choose gentle exfoliants suited to your skin type.

Use Skin-loving Makeup

Many of us pay close attention to our skincare and completely overlook our makeup. The reality is, for many of us, our makeup sits on our skin all day, so we should really pay more attention to the ingredients. Remember, your makeup is an extension of your skincare, with this in mind opt for a foundation that’s free from parabens and toxic chemicals.

We believe choosing a skin-loving makeup shouldn’t equal compromising on coverage - with many ‘skin-drops & tints’ offering benefits for your skin but not coverage. After years of research, our new Liquid Minerals range has landed. With two types of foundation, you can now choose your level of coverage while looking after your skin health. Check it out here.

Stay Hydrated and Fuel your Body

Hydration starts from within. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, and incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet to support skin health.

By understanding the importance of your skin barrier and following these maintenance tips, you can help protect your skin from damage, maintain optimal hydration levels, and achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. Remember, a healthy skin barrier is the foundation of beautiful skin!

Back to blog