What is the skin barrier, and why does it matter?
'Good' skin is not skin that looks perfect from the outside.
'Good' skin is skin that has a balanced pH level, where the skin barrier is functioning as it should.
The skin barrier acts as a protective shield for the lower layers of our skin, helping to lock in water to maintain hydration, and to shield our skin from harsh elements like UV rays, pollutants, microbes, and chemicals.
A damaged skin barrier isn't always obvious. Symptoms of a damaged skin barrier include:
- Flakiness and peeling
- Rough to the touch
- Stinging or burning sensation when products are applied
- Crepiness and fine lines
- Rashes like eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Increased breakouts
As you can see, many common skin issues originate from a damaged skin barrier. So, rather than tackling each individual issue with so-called targeted products, the first step to reducing the effect of these issues, is to restore the skin's barrier.
Only once our skin barrier is restored, can we then start to use stronger products and take a more targeted and active approach to a skincare regime.