What is Skin Barrier?Simple. It is the vital front-line, protecting us against the perils of the environment; UV, pollution, infection, toxic chemicals and so on.
Why Should You Strengthen your Skin Barrier?
If your skin barrier is working well, it will protect your skin from infections, it will retain water effectively, maintaining good hydration balance, and be resilient yet flexible – it’s likely to look more radiant as a consequence. If it’s not, the skin will look dry, dull and prone to microbial infections. If the barrier is compromised, harmful chemicals and pollutants can penetrate more readily and potentially cause inflammation, which manifests as skin sensitivity.
How to Heal Your Skin Barrier Function?
Gentle Cleansing: Harsh cleansers with SLS/ SLES strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving the barrier dry, exposed and susceptible to irritation. They also destroy the microbiome. Use a gentle, sulfate-free natural cleanser that nurtures and nourishes the skin. Remove any makeup before you sleep. Makeup, while you sleep, is a strict NO.
“Make-up forms an occlusive barrier, resulting in break-outs. By not removing your makeup, you’re not allowing your skin a proper chance to recover from the free radical damage it is exposed to throughout the day,” says Dr. Anjali Mahto, British Dermatologist and the author of the best selling book The Skincare Bible.
Hydrate with pH balanced Products: pH balanced moisturisers and cleansers are gentler on the skin. Using a moisturiser with linoleic acid, an essential omega 6 fatty acid that we can’t manufacture ourselves, so we must obtain it through diet or topical application. It helps repair barrier function and is an effective moisturising agent. Oils, like apricot, walnut and sunflower oil contain linoleic acid.
Have a Nutritious Night Regime: Your skin needs restoration and night time is the best time for doing this. Therefore your night regime becomes particularly important. Having a facial oil with rich botanical nutrition is a great way to achieve this. We recommend Rejuvenating Serum, an active botanical complex of 21 medicinal herbs concocted using ancient Ayurvedic principles and modern green extraction processes.
Heal with Antioxidants: Antioxidants neutralise the free radicals that harm the skin. Nature has provided us with amazing antioxidant-rich botanics such as Seabuckthorn berries, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola and several such which we use at intense concentrations in our line. For daytime, we recommend Phytonutrient Moisturiser to lock in and enhance your moisturisation. Do not neglect those lips, your lips and eyes are where the first signs of aging are visible. Our Antioxidant Lip Balm is formulated specifically to address these concerns.
Minimise Environmental Stressors: Stress (mental, physical and environmental)is proven to slow down the skin healing process, including skin barrier recovery. So, daily stress or poor stress management can leave the skin barrier in a permanently weakened state. you need to feed its strength from all angles, mentally and physically.
You are What You Eat:
The healthier you are generally, the better your skin will be. Eat omega-rich foods such as flaxseed, ghee and walnuts, and antioxidant-rich berries, and super greens; when you eat well, those omegas and antioxidants eventually go to the surface of the skin. It’s about making every cell in the body as healthy as possible.