Healthy barrier function@perfectionskin

A healthy skin starts with a healthy barrier.  Making sure the skins barrier is intact is important before UV exposure.  The barrier is a mixture of proteins and oils that is slightly acidic, which prevents water loss and protects from irritants and allergens.  When the barrier is healthy it appears smooth, soft and plump.  When it is damaged it is dry, rough, dull and dehydrated.   How your barrier functions is crucial because if it’s damaged, then it’s difficult, if not impossible, to repair issues like wrinkles, post-acne red marks, dry skin, extra-sensitive skin, and breakouts.   Prevention is better than cure, therefore knowing what causes damage is key.

  • Don't use water that is too hot or too cold.
  • Avoid soaking in water until skin looks like a prune.
  • Stop using harsh scrubs, which can tear the skin’s surface.
  • Don’t use drying cleansers, including soap, which remove essential moisturizing substances from your skin.
  • Don’t use skincare products that contain astringents and harsh toners.
  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure, which can cause all sorts of skin damage, along with immune system impairment.

Fixing the barrier is about what you do to your skin on a daily basis.  A gentle cleanser to remove debris without stripping the acid mantle layer, (barrier function).  Vitamin C serum (C Tetra) which provides 24 hr protection, improving collagen and elasticity, allowing the skin to regenerate.  Moisturisers with humectants that draw water to the skin, followed by an SPF to block out the damaging UV rays.  Serums containing hyaluronic acid (Hydr8 B5) improves moisture content, suppleness and luminosity can be added to your normal routine to help to repair the delicate barrier once or twice a year, and if the damage is extreme Medik8 Ultimate Recovery is a rich, nourishing cream to dramatically improve the skin moisture content.