What does “skin barrier strengthening” mean?
Our skin has a natural protective barrier which helps against moisture loss and external aggressors we are exposed to every day, e.g. harsh weather conditions, bacteria or the friction of a face mask. Without a functioning barrier we would constantly suffer from irritation, inflammation, breakouts or even eczema. When your skin’s barrier is damaged you usually feel it right away. For instance, you might experience a tight or itchy feeling and develop red or dry patches. In general, your skin feels vulnerable and highly sensitive. That’s when you know that your skin’s protective barrier needs some serious repairing action. Ideally however, you help your skin maintain that protective shield at all times. How? With barrier strengthening skincare products!
These products have seen a rise in demand ever since the pandemic and the use of face masks. The masks cause extra damage to the skin’s barrier through friction, and bad air and hygiene conditions under the masks that promote the growth of harmful bacteria. Skin barrier strengthening products contain ingredients that help repair, strengthen and maintain a healthy and strong skin barrier.
Here are our top picks when it comes to barrier strengthening ingredients!
Ceramide: It is a main component in our skin’s epidermis and keeps our moisture mantle intact as way of protecting the skin from external aggressors.
Squalane: It resembles Squalene which naturally occurs in our skin to keep it moisturized and protected, which makes it a great ingredient to support the skin’s protective shield.
Hyaluronic Acid: It is known as one of the most powerful moisturizing ingredients which helps our skin maintain a protective moisture barrier.
So be on the lookout for these ingredients if you find that your skin needs some help maintaining its protective barrier!