The topmost layer of your skin, also known as the moisture barrier, protects the skin from environmental aggressors such as UV rays, dirt, pollution and so on. When this barrier is damaged or becomes weak, it’s unable to retain moisture or keep the toxins out from your skin. This makes your skin extra sensitive, dull and causes premature ageing.
But fret not, we’ve got your back. Here are four ways to strengthen and repair the skin’s barrier.
- 01. Simplify your skincare routine
- 02. Avoid products with fragrance
- 03. Always apply an SPF
- 04. Don’t stress
01. Simplify your skincare routine
If it feels like your skin’s barrier has been compromised then try going back to the basics, which means simplifying your routine by using just a cleanser and moisturiser. Avoid exfoliating and don’t use products that contain harsh skincare ingredients. To strengthen the skin’s barrier during this time, use products that contain humectants like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which have the ability to retain moisture into the skin.
02. Avoid products with fragrance
Many products are formulated using artificial or synthetic fragrances simply because most people like it when their skincare products smell nice. However, fragrance can cause a sensitizing reaction of the skin and weaken or damage its barrier in the long run. Hence, it’s best to avoid products that contain fragrances.
BB recommends: Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
03. Always apply an SPF
One of the easiest ways to protect your skin’s barrier is by wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying it every few hours. Look for a broad-spectrum formula that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Choose something that gives a matte finish because those that leave a greasy film behind trap more dirt and dust onto the skin.
BB recommends: Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50
04. Don’t stress
Apart from following all the tips above and using products to repair and protect the barrier, here’s another thing you need to do – avoid taking too much stress. It slows down the skin’s natural healing process and weakens the barrier. Indulge in activities that take your mind off things that are stressing you.