It is important to know what a skin barrier is, identifying the signs of a damaged skin barrier and how to repair it. We share with you the what, how and when.
What is Your Skin Barrier?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It acts as a physical barrier protecting us from external aggressors such as UV rays, pathogens and regulation of temperature and senses.
Our epidermis forms a protective barrier to help keep water within the body and protect from free radicals entering. In contrast, the stratum corneum – the body’s outermost layer of the skin is our primary defence barrier and is constantly shed off and replaced by new skin cells. This is your skin barrier.
Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier
If you have a broken skin barrier, you will likely experience some of the following symptoms:
- Dry and scaly skin
- Rough patches
- Sensitive skin
- Bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections
How to Repair it
It’s essential to maintain a healthy skin barrier in order to protect your skin from harmful external factors. Here are some of our top tips to follow on your journey to repair your skin barrier.
- Bring your skincare routine back to basics
- Maintain a healthy skin pH balance
- Use skincare products with Ceramides
- Use a moisturiser with Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Vitamin B
Best Products to Repair Skin Barrier
Dr Aspect Exfol A Plus Serum
The Dr Aspect Exfol A Plus Serum works to exfoliate, refine and brighten the skin whilst assisting with the deep delivery of nutrients and antioxidants into the skin. This vitamin A serum is ideal for aiding the cell renewal process when working to repair your skin barrier.
Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising Cream
The Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising Cream is one of the most hydrating creams you will find on the market. Resveratrol neutralises free radicals and boosts antioxidant levels, so your skin can better defend and repair itself.
Sunny Skin SPF
The Sunny Skin SPF is a100% mineral SPF50, antioxidant-rich moisturiser that melts effortlessly into your skin. It provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection while also helping to shield from external stressors; infrared, blue light radiation, and environmental pollution.
Cosmedix Benefit Clean
The Cosmedix Benefit Clean is an extra-gentle, sulfate-free, daily cleanser great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It helps to encourage balanced hydration and prevent moisture loss whilst soothing and calming the skin.