Seemingly overnight, it became impossible to scroll through social media without a skin influencer talking about strengthening your skin barrier. And though, sure, skin barriers are being a little overhyped right now, it’s also for good reasons: Your skin barrier is the very thing responsible for how your skin feels and looks, and if you are not taking care of yours, you could be increasing your odds of dryness, acne, irritation, fine lines, and more.
Not ideal, right? So to help you figure out what exactly the skin barrier is and why TF it’s so important, we’re listing down everything you need to know to keep your skin bouncy, dewy, and overall healthy.
The skin barrier, also sometimes referred to as the moisture barrier, is a term used to describe the top layer of your skin. It acts as a shield between you and the outside environment. Not only is it responsible for keeping your skin looking and feeling hydrated, but it also protects your body from outside irritants and bacteria. That’s why it’s important to keep your skin barrier well-protected and hydrated. If your skin starts to feel itchy, dry, irritated, or inflamed, then you may have yourself a case of a damaged skin barrier. Keeping water in your skin is your barrier’s number one job, and is key not only to glowing, dewy skin but also to overall healthy skin.
That said, there are many factors that could have compromised your moisture barrier. But DW, here we’ve listed down the best products to strengthen your skin barrier.
While you might feel like you need rich, heavy textures to care for your skin barrier, this gel cream from MyGlamm proves that modern formulations with lightweight textures can do the job more efficiently. Switch your usual serums and moisturisers in favour of this skin-loving formula and your skin barrier would be restored in under two weeks.
We recommend this squalene-infused serum as an additional protective top-up for barrier maintenance. Apply it after cleansing but before usual serums and moisturisers. Squalene is proven to strengthen skin and helps to prevent water loss whilst improving the texture of the skin.
Just as the name suggests, this face cream is seriously intense – it’s buttery-rich and brimming with shea butter and macadamia oil to deeply moisturise parched skin. Plus, they are calming plant extracts and microalgae extract to boost skin health.
If you’re familiar with Korean skincare, you’re likely to have crossed paths with snail-based face care that promises to tackle wide-ranging skin woes. From improving skin’s texture to giving a hefty dose of hydration and brightening the skin – this face serum does it all. It also helps boost collagen production to leave skin plumped, glowy, and youthful.
Proving that skin barrier health is so hot right now, the brand just dropped this barrier recovery cream. Formulated to combat skin sensitivity and restore hydration, it’s an ultra-rich, nourishing cream that cocoons skin with moisture for up to 24 hours. It’s built to protect the skin and restore glow.
Glow to the gods!
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