Building a Strong Skin Barrier

A strong skin barrier is the best defense against irritation and sensitivities. If your skin is damaged or weak, the barrier is not able to protect you effectively. This is the reason for sensitive skin. The most effective defense against environmental stresses, like ultraviolet radiation, pollution and harmful chemicals is to build up the barrier to skin.

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A weak barrier can be caused by age or skin colour (the most sensitive to irritation, redness and irritation.) or other environmental triggers. A healthy skin barrier is vital to maintaining skin elasticity and water retention. Dry and dull skin is the result a weak skin barrier. A weak skin barrier can also mean that chemicals be more easily absorbed into the skin, causing inflammation. This is often evident when someone complains certain products sting or irritate and causes redness on the skin. What can you do?

Maintain a simple routine for your skincare. Look at what products you are using. Get rid of alcohol or witch-hazel-based products. Do not use detergents for your cleaning routine. Avoid any harsh chemicals.

*No cleansing tools or scrubs or over cleansing (i.e. brushes, cleansing cloths). If you must have cleaning tools, ensure it feels gentle. The tools could be too rough. Cleansing the face should be gentle at all times.

* Look out for ingredients such as linoleic acids (Omega 6 fat acid). It isn’t made naturally. It is obtained through diet and topical application. It improves the barrier of skin and is extremely moisturizing. Look for oils like Hemp Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil and Safflower in your products.

*No detergents! (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). They can dry and irritate the skin’s surface. Avoid acidic products that strip skin’s surface layer. Fragrance, dyes, harsh chemicals are other contributors to the weakening of the skin.

*Do not use hot water when bathing or showering. It could cause the loss of natural oils.

*Play defense! Keep your skin safe from stressors like damage from free radicals. It is recommended to look for antioxidants in the form of natural extracts, such as Green Tea, Vitamins A,C and E, as well as the nutrient-rich oil the pomegranate. They help to build a stronger skin barrier.

*Stress. Look at the ways you handle stress. High stress levels slow down the capacity to heal.

*Diet. Essential fatty acids (Omegas) are beneficial. They help the skin to retain water and also are anti-inflammatory. Your skin will look healthier if you eat well.

*Sunscreen. It is essential to use it. It is one of the best ways to guard your skin barrier.

Melanie Hemsworth spent 20 years studying and researching products, applications, and regimens to better understand the skin’s true potential.

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