What Is Your Skin Barrier & How Can You Protect It?

One of the most underrated areas in skin care is the subject of skin barrier. What is it, how can you protect it, and why is everyone talking about it? That is what we are here to talk about today, and we really hope it helps! We are going to cover what your skin barrier is, and why everyone is talking about it, what exactly causes a damaged skin barrier, and ways to enhance your skin barrier. You may have a damaged skin barrier, and we are going to also cover skin barrier repair.

What Is Your Skin Barrier and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

We are just going to get right into it. What is your skin barrier, and why is everyone talking about it? Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum. It is like a wall or fence that acts as a barrier to all the harmful elements that we do not want entering our bodies. It is made out of very tough skin cells named corneocytes, which are composed of cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides, and bound together by lipids. It's an extremely essential part of our anatomy, as its function is to quite literally keep environmental toxins and pathogens out of our system. Without your skin barrier, your body would be completely dehydrated, as one of its main functions is to keep all the water inside of you to keep from evaporating. So yes, a healthy skin barrier is crucial for good health, and should be cared for so that it can protect you properly!

What Causes a Damaged Skin Barrier?

Your skin barrier is constantly under “attack” especially as the climate keeps changing and the air becomes more and more polluted. Factors that may damage your skin barrier are things like environments that are too humid or too dry, allergens and pollutants, too much sun exposure (always wear SPF!), exposure to chemicals, over-exfoliation, psychological distress, and more. The reason these things are harmful is because they strip your skin of natural oils that protect the skin barrier. Another big one that many people don’t consider is using the same ingredient over and over, or having similar ingredients in all of your skincare products can really overwhelm your skin and strip it. And believe it or not, stress and hormones can really impair your skin barrier as well, so make sure you are getting enough you-time and de-stressing at the end of your day! Please remember to not exfoliate too much either. Every other day or even less is your best bet. Though we agree, it is so satisfying! But it does put your skin barrier at risk. By the time you reach your mid-twenties, you will most likely have experienced a cocktail of these factors, and you may be wondering if you have a damaged skin barrier. There are definitely ways to tell. If you have any of the below symptoms, there is a big chance you have a damaged skin barrier. The symptoms of a damaged skin barrier include dry or scaly skin, itchiness, rough discolored patches of skin, acne, sensitive and inflamed areas of skin, and bacterial/fungal infections. Keep in mind that a lot of times when we experience these symptoms, we want to get rid of them as quickly as possible, which leads to using harsh treatments. This is NOT the course of action you should be taking. It is going to be far more effective to use a gentle approach, using clean, super-powered botanicals. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to assist skin barrier repair!

Ways to Enhance Your Skincare Routine

We’ve discussed how and why your skin barrier may have been compromised, but now it is time to talk about how to repair it! Like we said earlier, don’t fear! It is relatively easy to get the repair you need. Though you may already be scouring the internet for new products and remedies, the better way to go is to pair down your skincare game. Your skin is made to repair itself, and it will do so with a simple skincare routine. We are going to cover how to repair a damaged skin barrier both on your face and on your body. Let us start with the face. Using one simple moisturizer is enough. Many online articles suggest using petroleum jelly, but a facial oil with oils similar to those your skin creates naturally is another good option. Luckily for you, we have done all the research in this department and developed a face oil serum with ingredients that will assist in repairing the skin barrier. Among the ingredients it contains are Hemp-Derived Cannabinoids, a powerful antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory with wide-ranging benefits for the skin. Also, Jojoba Seed Oil which is rich in antioxidants and skin healing properties to soothe, reduce redness, and repair, and Marula Oil which is a deeply moisturizing oil rich in critical antioxidants, and omega 6 and 9 which nurture the skin. Next up is Rosehip Oil which repairs skin damage by restoring elasticity and collagen, giving the skin a rejuvenated look and feel. Last but not least is Evening Primrose Oil which promotes a healthy, clear, rejuvenated complexion by addressing roughness, wrinkles, redness, dryness, and irritation.

More recently we have also launched Total Package, another superstar product that was researched and perfected for two years before launching. This youth-protecting serum is jam-packed with ingredients that will soothe and balance your skin whilst protecting and regenerating your skin barrier. Starting off with Lutein which is derived from the Marigold plant, a powerful antioxidant that protects against harmful blue light rays like excessive computer and cell phone use. Yes, you read that correctly! Blue light from our screens severely impacts your skin’s health and can lead to premature aging and wrinkles. Next up on the superpowered botanicals list is Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse that helps to improve blood flow, stimulate cell repair, and decrease the appearance of scars and wrinkles. After that, Blue Tansy Oil helps to calm irritated skin, reduce redness, clear congested pores and kill pimple-causing bacteria. Yarrow & Burdock Root Extract are skin-soothing antioxidants great for problematic skin, and Gotu Kola Extract helps to speed up the skin's healing process and boost the formation of collagen. We also included another crowd favorite, Hyaluronic Acid & Ceramides, which offer extreme moisture retention & hydration. Next up is Chlorella a green microalgae, full of vitamins and minerals that help to stimulate cells to reproduce at a faster rate. Finally, Arnica Extract which has anti-inflammatory properties helps to reduce puffiness and aid in skin healing. And last but not least, Licorice Extract which is there to help to reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.

Now, we want to also quickly cover how to repair your skin barrier on your face. Again, instead of petroleum jelly, we recommend a clean botanical lotion formula which will soothe and balance your skin and allow it to repair itself in no time. If itchiness and dryness are part of your symptoms, the best thing would be to use something like our natural pain relief cream. If your symptoms are not as painful, you may need a lighter-weight topical such as our natural hand cream.

We hope this article has helped you understand what your skin barrier is and why it is so important, as well as what to do if you find that yours is damaged. We also hope that covering the powerful botanical ingredients in our products and what they do specifically for a damaged skin barrier can shed some light on how you can improve your skincare routine and assist in skin barrier repair. If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@thefeelist.com, we love to chat!