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NEW LA CLINICA ESSENTIALS
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The secret to good skin? Your Skin Barrier.
The skin barrier is EVERYTHING when it comes to your skin health. If the barrier is compromised and not functioning effectively, your skin will send out a cry for help in the form of irritated, red, dry, flakey sensitive skin. A healthy, resilient skin barrier is the secret to good skin. When your skin barrier is functioning effectively:
The list goes on! So how do we support this wonderwall that keeps our skin fresh and glowy? We’ll give you a routine over here. But be sure to read on to learn about what the skin barrier is and how to know if it is damaged.
The Skin Barrier or Moisture Barrier (stratum corneum) is exactly that, a protective layer of your skin filled with ceramides, fatty acids, and lipids that acts as a sort of gatekeeper, keeping an eye on and controlling what goes in and what comes out. Sometimes nicknamed ‘bricks and mortar’ due to the fact that it is made up of a collection of sturdy cellular-like structures (corneocytes) and a lipid membrane representing the mortar holding it all together.
A healthy and resilient skin barrier is most well-known for regulating water content as it absorbs and maintains moisture by preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), or dehydration of the skin. Its lesser-known tasks are no less important:
Without a resilient skin barrier, the skin is susceptible to irritants and damage, so you see why the role of the skin barrier in our journey towards healthy skin is so important. A good, balanced skin care routine will support your skin and ensure it stays strong and resilient.
If you are someone who likes to dabble in cosmeceutical skincare, this unpleasant experience may have already happened to you. Sudden flare up of sensitive, dry, red skin after using a new ingredient for the first time? Or doubled up on too many actives? Even changes in the environment around you or stress levels can trigger this. Either way, there are ways the skin will definitely let you know that something is amiss, the usual symptoms to watch out for are:
If your skin just isn’t feeling like its normal self, is sensitive to products that are normally fine for your skin or are experiencing any of the above, then you may be dealing with a compromised skin barrier. But don’t stress, with a little time and care, you can have your skin back to normal without any lasting damage.
So you’ve got a damaged skin barrier, what should you do to heal your skin? There are a few steps that you need to take in order to restore order. Have a read of our routine to restore your skin barrier function.
You’ll find all these skin-loving items in La Clinica’s dedicated skin barrier support range.
Skin can’t be its best, glowy self without a healthy, functioning skin barrier. So you’re going to want to take care of it! It is important to know when to put the actives and exfoliants down and return to basics. However, don’t wait until your skin is down in the dumps before focusing on healthy skin, keep up a balanced routine to ensure the skin barrier stays resilient and protected.
Want more? How to care for Sensitive Skin