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Before we explain how to restore the skin barrier function, it’s important to understand what the ‘skin barrier’ actually is;
“The outermost layer of your skin, known as your skin barrier, defends your body against a constant onslaught of environmental threats while simultaneously protecting your body's critical water balance. Symptoms such as dryness, itching, and inflammation can alert you to a disturbance in this important barrier.” — Healthline.com
When a skincare regime includes face rubbing in the shower with super hot water and using the same soap used for the body, then the skin will most likely be acting up.
Washing the skin with harsh detergents and rubbing it under hot water is damaging to the function of the skin’s barrier, so one mustn’t be surprised if the skin has become irritated, lacklustre, and sensitive. Luckily the skin’s barrier function can be restored:
The skin defence
Without a skin barrier, the water in our body would evaporate immediately, leaving us completely dehydrated which is why it’s highly important to take care of it . A healthy skin barrier gives the appearance of a smooth and even-toned complexion, whilst a damaged skin barrier presents redness, irritation, sensitivity, breakouts and dryness.
What damages the skin barrier?
How stress affects your skin
How to keep the skin barrier healthy
At home, the first thing to consider is whether diet could be improved. Simply incorporating more fruit and veg, as they are loaded with skin-loving vitamins, will definitely improve the overall skin complexion. Quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption are both also beneficial.
Glycolic acid cleansers work wonders too: they exfoliate chemically and therefore they are less harsh than scrubs that use physical exfoliators - as these can actually further compromise the skin barrier function. The was specially formulated with a creamy consistency with extra hydrating properties that will leave the skin revitalised and rejuvenated, whilst also exfoliating the skin gently.
The ultimate skin barrier restoration
The WOW facial® is ideal for improving the skin barrier function; the six-stage advanced facial is performed by expertly trained professionals who offer a thorough consultation to understand your skin problems and then personalise a treatment regimen from start to finish, expertly curated to restore skin back to health. Essentially, WOW facial® teases the skin back to health without overstimulating or creating compromises in the skin barrier function which can lead to transepidermal water loss.