The skin’s barrier is a first line of defence, and a foundation for healthy, radiant, and resilient skin.
When this is compromised, we can experience dehydration, inflammation, and increased breakouts.
The skin barrier is important because it is the gate keeper to our external and internal environments.
In the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, is where the cells link together to form a protective wall. If we imagine the cells are the bricks then the lipids (such as ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol) are the mortar.
It is important to be respectful to your skin’s barrier because once you disrupt it, and it can’t perform its functions and that disruption perpetuates.
What we mean by this is when your skin can’t perform its functions you get an increase in water loss and an increase in irritants (e.g pollutants, allergens and pathogens) entering the skin. The result is a worsening of the skin’s barrier function through impacts such as increased inflammation. Once it’s challenged and its function is declined the result is worsening of the problem.
There are many things you can do to look after your skin’s barrier. Including; avoiding harsh abrasions, damaging UVA/UVB rays, looking for moisturisers which contain ceramides and responding to physical signals (such as dryness, redness). For example, in winter if you start noticing dryness, respond to this by adding more hydration such as our Supernatural Sleeping Mask and to protect from UVA/UVB rays using our Skin Shield SPF30.
Our products include dual-action barrier boosting complexes, harnessing unique powerful ingredients to fortify its physical and lipid components
A unique cultivation of Edelweiss, possessing an enhanced concentration of leontopodic acid and flavonoids, supports the formation of the barrier’s physical structure, while ceramide precursors, phytosphingosine and sphingolipids, promote the skin’s own production of ceramides. This powerful pairing promotes barrier integrity - your skin's barrier that locks in moisture and leaves the skin protected and resilient.
You can find this companion in our Illuminating Brighten Your Day Crème. The perfect product for supporting the challenges your skin faces while you take on the day.