Skin barrier: why it is so important
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The skin (or protective) barrier is a superstar when it comes to skin. It is really important for your overall health and is responsible for protecting the epidermis!
The skin is composed of layers: the hypodermis, a subcutaneous tissue, consisting of fat cells, collagen fibres, and blood vessels; the dermis, which is the intermediate layer – and which in turn is divided into two other layers, the papillary and reticular; and the epidermis, the most superficial layer and which is divided into five layers: stratum basale, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, and stratum corneum.
The protective barrier is the most exposed layer of the skin and is also known as the hydrolipidic mantle because it is an ultra-thin film formed by lipids, which are mostly ceramides.
Having a healthy skin barrier is critical to the health of your skin. It prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL), i.e. it stops our skin from becoming dehydrated, and helps it defend itself against external aggressions such as sun, temperature differences, wind, and pollution.
In the skin barrier are cells that protect our skin against bacteria and fungi, which have immune defence function and are called Langerhans cells, and others with neuro-sensory activity (Merkel cells).
The first sign of a damaged skin barrier is skin sensitivity. That redness, burning, and itching appears.
How to keep the protective barrier healthy?
The best way to preserve a healthy skin barrier is to have a care routine: Use cleansers that are gentle to the skin, that won’t dry or damage it, in addition to maintaining a frequent moisturizing routine. One of the first things we lose throughout the day is precisely hydration, either by the action of environmental factors (heat, wind, sun, pollution) or by the use of very aggressive cosmetics. To maintain a healthy skin barrier, hydration is one of the essential steps because it gives back to the skin the assets that are lost when it is damaged. In addition, it is important to invest in a moisturizer that has the function of repairing and protecting the barrier in order to keep your skin happier and healthier and prevent future damage.
Tips to keep your skin barrier healthy:
- Prefer warm water.
Do not use water that is too hot. It can irritate the skin and damage the skin barrier.
- Do not use harsh cleansers.
These products remove substances that are nourishing and moisturizing, essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier. Products without alcohol in their composition are very important.
- Don’t use very abrasive exfoliants.
- Protect your skin from external aggressions such as weather, pollution, and sun exposure.
And do you know who can help leave your skin barrier strong and intact?
Our non-comedogenic moisturizing Ultimate Cellular Protection for the face, neck and décolleté.
It alone nourishes and soothes dry and sensitized skin, repairs damage and restores flaking situations.
A formula that combines emollient ingredients and powerful repairers such as Ectoin and Colloidal Oat with soothing properties that help rebuild the skin’s barrier.
Our protector also has the presence of Glyceryl Glucoside with anti-ageing action and cellular regenerator; Shea Butter, which moisturizes and reduces water loss, creating a barrier; Oat Oil, rich in ceramides and Squalene, a natural component of skin oil to ensure the skin’s water balance.
Formulated especially for sensitive skin, but with proven benefits on all skin types, Moisturizing Cellular Protector repairs and protects the skin barrier, leaves skin luminous, with a soft touch, and prevents flaking.
Like all our products, is vegan friendly, cruelty-free, and doesn´t contain silicone, parabens or mineral oil.
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