If you’re experiencing sensitivity, dryness, or irritation: it could be a sign that you need to repair your skin barrier.
You may be wondering: what is a skin barrier? If you’ve never heard of this before and you don’t know why it’s important, don’t worry. We’re here to help.
Here's what you need to know:
What is your skin barrier?
Our skin has three layers, and the skin barrier is considered the outermost one. This layer has two jobs: to keep the good in and the bad out.
We want to keep all of our natural oils, moisture, and hydrating components locked into our outermost skin layer.
At the same time, we don’t want any environmental factors to affect or irritate the skin. That's what the skin barrier is there for, to provide you with the utmost needed protection.
When the outermost layer of your skin is damaged, you may notice it’s dull or dryer than usual. Some individuals experience flaky skin and feel like they need to moisturize more frequently.
Outside factors that cause damage
Showering at extreme temperature
If you love steaming hot showers, we have some bad news. This could be damaging your natural oil production.
However, if the water is too cold, it might not be cleaning your skin to the best of your ability. Always aim for a warm temperature: your skin will thank you later.
Sun exposure and UV rays
Too much sun can be dangerous for your skin. It can cause fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
The best way to prevent this damage is to always wear your sunscreen. Make it your best friend!
Let’s face it: there is nothing better than the feeling of your skin after exfoliating.
However, you should never overdo it. This can start stripping your skin of beneficial oils and do more harm than good.
How to repair your skin barrier
Some of these outside factors are harder to prevent than they seem. So it’s always good to incorporate nourishing skincare ingredients into your skincare routine.
Keep your skin hydrated
We can’t stress this enough: your skin needs hydrating ingredients to lock in moisture and help your skin barrier to keep the good in.
Find a moisturizer that uses good-for-you ingredients that work to nourish your skin. Look for coconut oil, avocado oil, or pumpkin oil.
We recommend trying our Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream. This moisturizer uses coconut oil to smooth and hydrate skin. Packed with essential antioxidants, this moisturizer provides lasting hydration that will help you trap the natural oils in your skin and give you a healthy, vibrant glow.
Try a supplement
Sometimes, you need to heal your skin barrier from the inside out. Look for fatty acids, omega-3, antioxidants, or collagen.
Our Hydrolyzed Collagen + Green Tea & Ginseng Supplement is a great place to start. It contains collagen and powerful antioxidants, two ingredients that can improve the appearance of your skin, hair, and nails over time.
If you’re someone who experiences dry, flaky, or red skin, you’ll want to switch up your skincare routine to combat this inflammation.
You may want to look for skincare products that don't contain any harsh ingredients, keep the exfoliating to a minimum, and don't go too heavy on the retinoids.
Antioxidants are a must-have for anyone! They fight off free radicals and can help restore a damaged skin barrier.
There are a few different ingredients you should keep a lookout for such as vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Green Tea Extract.
Ceramides are fatty acids called lipids. They make up roughly 50% of our natural skin barrier. Incorporating more ceramides into your skincare routine can help you nourish the outermost layer of your skin barrier.
If your skin needs some TLC: or you're looking for a potent blend to help you protect your skin barrier, you might want to try our Dynamic Renewal Cream.
It contains ceramides and 33 Botanical Super Complex. This cream will reduce the appearance of fine lines and provide you with 24-hour moisture. After a few uses, you'll already notice a difference!
The good news is: that you can undo the damage done to your skin barrier if you improve your skincare routine. You only get one skin barrier, so make sure you do everything you can to keep it healthy, so it can keep you healthy, too!Take a look at some of our favorite NatureWell Beauty products to help you nourish and restore your skin barrier today.