Wondering about the health of your skin barrier? A healthy skin barrier plays a vital role in protecting you, not just from external damage and premature aging, but from harmful contaminations that can harm your body. And, because of that, an unhealthy skin barrier can work against you.
Here we take a closer look at what the skin barrier is, plus its primary functions. We’ll also share how you can repair and protect your skin barrier from future damage so you can enjoy smoother, healthier, and more radiant skin!
What is a Skin Barrier and What Does It Do?
The skin barrier refers to the outermost layer of the skin, also known as the stratum corneum. And, while your skin is the body’s largest living organism, the skin barrier is actually dead—as in dead cells, lipids, proteins, and fats.
Did you know? Your skin makes up about one-seventh of the body’s weight!
The skin barrier is often referred to as brick and mortar, with the bricks being made up of cells and the mortar being lipids. Acting as a protective shield between the body and the environment, this barrier helps keep harmful substances like toxins and bacteria out and moisture and nutrients in.
Causes and Signs of a Weakened Skin Barrier
While internal factors, like your genetic makeup, can play a part in a weakened skin barrier, there are also many external factors that can be damaging as well. Common external factors include dry or humid climates, over-exposure to the sun and pollutants, and even things you may be doing or using on your skin as part of your beauty regimen, like over-washing and or over-exfoliating your skin.
According to the National Library of Medicine, even psychological stress can deteriorate your skin barrier.
Common Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier include:
- Dry, flakey skin or rough patches
- Skin infections
- Itchy or irritated skin
Restoring Your Skin Barrier
It’s important to nourish and strengthen your skin’s protective shield through proper skin regimens. By taking care of your skin daily and choosing the right products you can help restore its natural defenses and enjoy smoother, healthier, and more radiant skin.
Here are some things you can do to help strengthen your skin barrier:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get enough sleep
- Manage stress
- Use an SPF every day
- Try a gentle cleanser
- Simplify your beauty routine
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