So, what exactly does skin barrier necessarily mean? In simple words, it is your skin’s topmost layer and the first line of protection against infections, pollutants, UV rays, and even dirt and grime. Furthermore, it traps moisture and keeps it from departing your skin. In brief, the skin barrier’s role is to keep good things in and bad things out.
However, skipping sunscreen or going overboard with actives might disrupt your skin’s barrier, leading to other skin problems. Additionally, a variety of factors such as your diet, weather, and poor lifestyle habits can all affect your barrier health. If you firmly believe in taking care of your skin’s barrier, we are here to help you hack your way to healthy, plump skin.
How can you tell if your skin barrier is healthy or unhealthy? You’ve damaged the skin barrier if you’ve ever had a sunburn, sun damage, or a scratch somewhere on your body. But, because our bodies are remarkable, self-curative entities, you’ve recovered. However, the damage was already done. You may have a bruise from the scratch, and the sunburn has already damaged some healthy cells in your skin’s deeper layers.
A great skin barrier has an even-toned and flawless appearance with skin that is hydrated, moisturised, and supple. When it is healthy, it is resistant to most external dangers. However, when it is compromised, it is unable to perform at its peak and becomes vulnerable to damage.
Are you applying sunscreen on a daily basis (and reapplying sunscreen every two hours)? If you are, sunscreen protects your skin by preventing it from absorbing UVA, UVB, and blue light radiation from the sun. When it comes to comprehending the effects of UV radiation damage, think ‘A for Aging’ and ‘B for Burning.’
Dermatologists recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher on a daily basis to avoid sunburn and lower the risk of skin cancer. The SPF of sunscreen only protects against UVB rays, and the number refers to the amount of time it takes to burn the skin. If your skin is unprotected, it only takes 10 minutes to burn. So, if correctly applied, a sun protection factor of 15 should protect your skin for 150 minutes and so on.
Most people do not follow the instructions on the bottle, putting their bodies at risk of inadequate coverage. So, follow the instructions and apply the right amount of sunscreen to your face and body for maximum protection from the harmful UV rays.
Because SPF only protects against UVB radiation, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is required to defend against UVA and blue light exposure.
Take your sunscreen game a notch higher!
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