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Why Skin Barrier Health is So Important

What is your skin barrier and how to protect it

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
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Why Skin Barrier Health is So Important
Written byAmelia CranstounContent Editor
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When it comes to achieving healthy, glowing skin, many people focus on the latest skincare trends, products, and treatments. While these factors can indeed contribute to skin improvements, there's one fundamental aspect of skincare that often gets overlooked - the health of your skin barrier. Your skin barrier plays a crucial role in maintaining skin health, and prioritising it in your skincare routine is essential for achieving the radiant complexion you've always wanted. In this blog, we'll explore why it's vital to look after your skin barrier health and provide practical tips on how to incorporate this priority into your daily skincare regimen.

Understanding the Skin Barrier

Before delving into the importance of skin barrier health, let's first understand what the skin barrier is. The skin barrier, often referred to as the stratum corneum, is the outermost layer of your skin. It serves as a protective shield against environmental aggressors like pollutants, UV radiation, and bacteria. Additionally, it helps retain moisture within the skin, preventing dehydration. When your skin barrier is compromised, various issues can arise, including dryness, sensitivity, redness, and a dull complexion.

Why Prioritise Skin Barrier Health?

Protection Against Environmental Damage: Your skin barrier acts as a frontline defence system against harmful external factors. A healthy barrier keeps pollutants and irritants out, preventing them from penetrating deeper into your skin. By maintaining a robust skin barrier, you reduce the risk of premature ageing, sun damage, and skin disorders.

Retaining Moisture: A well-functioning skin barrier prevents water loss from your skin. This means your skin stays adequately hydrated, appearing plump and youthful. A compromised barrier allows moisture to escape, leading to dryness, flakiness, and increased sensitivity.

Reducing Sensitivity: When your skin barrier is healthy, it's better equipped to handle potential irritants. A weakened barrier is more prone to inflammation and sensitivity, which can manifest as redness, itching, or burning sensations.

Enhancing Product Efficacy: A healthy skin barrier ensures that the skincare products you use are absorbed optimally. Without a strong barrier, active ingredients may penetrate too deeply, causing irritation, or not penetrate enough, yielding minimal results.

Prioritising Skin Barrier Health in Your Skincare Routine

Now that you understand why skin barrier health is crucial, let's explore how to prioritise it in your skincare routine:

Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild, hydrating cleanser that won't strip away your skin's natural oils. Over-cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, so avoid harsh soaps or cleansers with high alcohol content.

Moisturise Adequately: Apply a moisturiser that suits your skin type daily. Moisturisers help lock in moisture and support the skin barrier. Look for ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and fatty acids.

Sun Protection: Never skip sunscreen. UV rays can weaken the skin barrier over time. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply as needed.

Avoid Over-Exfoliation: Exfoliating is beneficial, but overdoing it can harm the skin barrier. Limit exfoliation to 1-3 times a week and choose gentle exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).

Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Proper internal hydration complements external skincare efforts.

Use Barrier-Repairing Products: Look for products that contain barrier-repairing ingredients like niacinamide, peptides, and antioxidants. These ingredients support your skin barrier's health and resilience.

Prioritising skin barrier health is the key to achieving and maintaining radiant, healthy skin. By understanding the importance of this protective barrier and incorporating the recommended steps into your skincare routine, you can enjoy a more vibrant complexion, reduced sensitivity, and long-lasting results from your skincare products. Remember, healthy skin begins with a strong foundation - your skin barrier.

Renude’s favourite products for protecting your skin barrier 

  • Avene, Extremely Gentle Cleanser: We love this gentle, minimal formula for cleansing the skin without drying or stripping. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, or introducing stronger actives into their routine.

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: This hydrating cleanser helps to soften and smooth dry/dehydrated skin. Perfect for impaired skin barriers and those using stronger actives. A great option if using additional treatment cleanser.

  • SVR Laboratoire Dermatologique, Ampoule B3 Hydra: Discover SVR Ampoule [B3] Hydra, ideal for sensitive, dehydrated and uncomfortable skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This ultra-concentrated vitamin B3 (aka niacinamide) serum soothes and strengthens the epidermis. The combination of 3 Hyaluronic Acids durably recharges the skin's water reserves. 

  • The Ordinary, Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5: This ultra-hydrating, lightweight serum contains three different weights of hyaluronic acid to hydrate throughout the layers of the skin. Panthenol (vitamin b5) provides additional hydrating and plumping benefits.

  • The Inkey List, Vitamin B, C and E Moisturiser: This lightweight daily moisturiser delivers every essential vitamin for healthy-looking skin, including clarifying B3 (Niacinamide) to help balance oil, brightening antioxidant Vitamin C, and soothing Vitamin E. Perfect for normal skin types looking to keep skin healthy.

  • Medik8, Calmwise Serum Anti-redness Elixer: A soothing recipe of just 7 ingredients to calm redness and provide intensive relief to sensitive skin. By improving the skin’s natural barrier function, this nourishing sage-infused serum helps to combat all kinds of redness, including flare-ups caused by day-to-day environmental stress, irritants and dryness. 

  • Bioderma, Cicabio Cream SPF 50+: This green-tinted nourishing sunscreen is a great option to soothe the skin whilst offering high broad-spectrum sun protection. It includes a blend of centella asiatica, resveratrol and copper to reduce inflammation and provide antioxidant protection and is perfect for those with compromised skin barriers as it functions to repair the skin as well as protect from UV.

If you want to ensure your skin barrier health is in top condition, book a consultation now with your very own skincare expert or take a quick skin quiz and upload photos of your skin! 

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
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