Why is Skin Barrier Health Important?
The importance of protecting what protects you
What is the skin barrier?
Our skin is made up of many layers which all work to protect your body from harmful pathogens, bacteria, and external aggressors. The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis and the very outside layer of skin cells along the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is made up of tough skin cells which protect you and the rest of your skin from toxins entering your body. This is what we call the skin barrier. The all-important barrier to your skin health.
What happens when the skin barrier is compromised?
Your skin barrier is always fighting against the elements in order to protect you and keep your skin healthy. If your environment is too dry or too humid, too polluted, or if your skin is exposed to harsh ingredients or even over exfoliation, this can contribute to a damaged skin barrier. Certain products or harsh ingredients can also damage your skin barrier. If your skin barrier is damaged, you will notice that your skin may be dry, irritated, rough, sensitive, or more acne-prone.
How can you protect your skin barrier?
You can take many steps to ensure that your skin barrier is reinforced as much as possible:
1. Keep an eye on the pH of your skincare products
Your skin has a natural pH of around 5.5, so it is important to have a cleanser which caters to this natural pH. Use a cleanser such as our Quinoa One Step Gel Cleanser to gently cleanse your skin without irritating your skin’s pH levels.
2. Include Ceramides in your skincare routine
Ceramides are waxy lipids which are naturally produced and found in the skin membrane, making up between 30-40% of the epidermis. Ceramides are important for helping your skin retain moisture, keeping the skin barrier healthy and preventing signs of aging.
3. Try Probiotic skincare
Probiotics work to support and improve the skin’s natural biome, and also helps to improve and strengthen the skin barrier while reducing skin irritation and sensitivity. Probiotic skincare works together with the skin’s natural biome to help improve skin health and promote healthy skin biome balance. Try out our new ay&me line which features probiotics to gently and effectively improve the skin barrier and overall skin health.
We hope this blog gives you a little insight into what exactly your skin barrier is and how you can take measures to reinforce and protect it using the right skincare products and methods. Taking care of our skin barrier is one of the best things we can do for our skin hlealth overall. A healthy skin barrier leasd to smoother skin, less irritated skin and less breakouts. If you want supple and hydrated skin, a healthy skin barrier is crucial.