Protecting your skin's natural shield!

Protecting your skin's natural shield!

The skin barrier is often referred to as the body’s unsung hero. It's not just about keeping us looking good; it plays a crucial role in protecting us from harmful external factors. But what exactly is the skin barrier, and how can we ensure it stays healthy and strong?

Read this blog post for tips on how to protect it, your skin will thank you for it.

Your skin is made up of layers, each of which performs important functions in protecting your body.

The outermost layer, called the stratum corneum, It's made up of cells called corneocytes that act as bricks. This is your skin barrier.

Inside the skin cells, or “bricks,” you’ll find keratin and natural moisturisers. The lipid layer contains:

  • cholesterol
  • fatty acids
  • ceramides

This thin brick wall acts as a protective barrier against environmental pollutants, pathogens, and moisture loss. Think of it as your body’s security guard, keeping out harmful invaders while locking in essential moisture.

Several factors can compromise the integrity of the skin barrier, including:

1. Harsh Weather Conditions: Extreme temperatures, low humidity, and exposure to UV radiation can damage the skin barrier, leading to dryness and irritation.

2. Irritants: Skincare products containing harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, alkaline detergents found is soap, Alcohol, fragrances and strong actives such as glycolic acid, retinol and salicylic acid can strip the skin of its natural oils and weaken the barrier function.

3. Over exfoliation: While exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells, overdoing it can damage the skin barrier and cause sensitivity.

 4. Poor Nutrition: A diet lacking in essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, and E, and omega-3 fatty acids, can impair the skin's ability to repair and maintain its barrier function.

Protecting the Skin Barrier:

Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is crucial for overall skin health. Here are some tips to help protect and strengthen it:

Gentle Cleansing: Opt for mild, non-irritating cleansers that effectively remove dirt and impurities without stripping away natural oils. Avoid hot water and harsh scrubbing, as these can exacerbate skin sensitivity. Our Luminosity Oil to Milk Cleanser is gentle enough for everyday use, its fragrance free and non drying while removing all traces of make-up and SPF.

Moisturise Regularly: Moisturisers and facial oils work to restore moisture and fortify the skin's protective barrier. Our duo of facial oils are designed to support the skin barrier throughout the day and night. Sweet Dreams aids in revitalising and soothing the skin during sleep, featuring our unique algae extract that combats the impact of cortisol on the skin. Day Dreamer is a lightweight, balancing facial oil with up-cycled Blueberry NECTA®, shielding the skin from blue light and oxidative stress.

Protect from UV Rays: Sun exposure can damage the skin barrier and increase sensitivity. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before going outdoors, even on cloudy days.

Limit Hot Water Exposure: Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier. Instead, use lukewarm water when washing your face or showering.

Avoid Harsh Ingredients: Be cautious of skincare products containing alcohol, fragrances, and other potential irritants such as allergens from essential oils. These can disrupt the skin barrier and trigger inflammation. Instead, opt for gentle, fragrance-free formulations suitable for sensitive skin.

Maintain a Healthy Diet: A balanced diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids can support overall skin health.

Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps keep the skin hydrated from within, promoting a healthy barrier function.

Manage Stress: Chronic stress can weaken the skin barrier and exacerbate sensitivity. Practice stress-relief techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help maintain skin health.

By following these tips and adopting a gentle skincare routine, you can help protect and strengthen your skin barrier, keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and resilient against external aggressors.