Building a Strong Skin Barrier

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Building a strong skin protector is the best defense against sensitivity and irritation. Weak or damaged skin barriers cannot protect effectively and it is this weakness that is the fundamental problem of sensitive and problematic skin. Strengthening skin protection may be the best defense against pollution, UV, harsh chemicals, and causes of environmental stress.

Aging, color (the brighter the skin, the more prone to redness, irritation, etc.) and environmental factors can be reasons why some have weak barriers. The ability to maintain hydration and elasticity of the skin is the result of a strong skin protector. If your skin can't maintain balance, the result is dry and dull skin. Weak skin protection also means chemicals can more easily penetrate the skin and cause inflammation. This is usually proven when a person complains that a particular product stings or irritates and makes the skin red. So what can you do?

Keep your skincare routine simple. Take a look at the products you use. Get rid of alcohol-based products or witch hazel. Avoid detergents in your cleaning routine. Avoid harsh chemicals of any kind.

No scrubs or cleaning tools, or excessive cleaning (e.g. Brushes, cleaning cloths). If you need to have a cleaning tool, make sure it feels soft. Simply put, most of these tools are too hard. Cleansing the face should be soft at all times.

Look for ingredients such as linoleic acid (Omega 6 fatty acids). We do not produce this ingredient naturally and should obtain it through diet or topical application. It improves skin protection and is highly moisturizing. Look for oils like Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower, Safflower in your product.

No detergent! (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). They leave the surface dry, irritated and SLS disrupting the natural ph balance of the skin. Acids that remove the top layer of skin should also be avoided. Dyes, fragrances, harsh chemicals are also the causes that cause weakening.

Very hot water should be avoided while bathing and bathing. This contributes to stripping natural oils.

Play defense! Protect the skin from the causes of stress, such as damage from free radicals. Look for antioxidants, natural extracts like Green Tea, Vitamins (A, C and E) and nutrient-rich oils like pomegranate in your products. It helps promote a strong skin protector.

Stress. Look at how you manage stress. High stress levels slow down healing abilities.

Diet. Essential fatty acids (omega) are beneficial. They help the skin withstand water and are anti-inflammatory. The healthier your diet, the stronger your skin.

Sunscreen. Put that on! It's one of the best ways to protect your skin protector.

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