Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin that acts as a moisture barrier and protects your skin against damage from external aggressors. Having dry patches, itchy, inflamed, irritated or sensitive skin are usually signs that your skin barrier has been compromised. When it comes to healthy-looking skin, the key is to take care of your skin barrier.

With one of the latest beauty trends being all about skin barrier protection, we’ve put together a list of different ways you can care for your skin barrier. Scroll down to learn how you can keep your skin barrier healthy. 

Look for barrier-supporting ingredients


One way to keep your skin barrier healthy is to use products that are formulated with barrier boosting ingredients, such as niacinamide, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and allantoin. Incorporating these types of products can strengthen your skin barrier and also help you maintain a healthy one in the long-run.

If you’re searching for a barrier-strengthening moisturiser, try our Haul of Fame Selfless By Hyram’s Niacinamide & Maracuja Daily Barrier Support Moisturizer. This moisturiser features a combination of barrier strengthening niacinamide and skin-soothing maracuja that helps support skin health, even out your skin tone, hydrate and soothe irritated skin.

Avoid over exfoliating


As tempted as you may be to always reach for your chemical or physical exfoliants, avoid overdoing it as this can cause irritation. If your skin barrier is damaged, steer clear of exfoliants until your skin calms down and no longer feels irritated or inflamed. Once your skin has healed, you can start incorporating exfoliants into your skincare routine again.

Keep your routine simple


When it comes down to your skincare routine, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. Take a look at your current routine and think about what you’re trying to achieve with your daily regimen. When building your routine, try not to introduce too many products at the same time. Instead, introduce one product so you can evaluate its effectiveness and whether or not the product is essential in helping with your skin concerns.  

Use a gentle cleanser


Cleansing is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine, which makes it crucial that you opt for a gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin daily. Use a cleanser that gently gets rid of dirt, excess sebum and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. You should also follow the double cleansing method, especially if you wear heavy makeup, to ensure that no makeup residue or dirt gets trapped within your pores.

Protect your skin from the sun


Lastly, and most importantly, always apply your sunscreen. Applying SPF defends your skin from the sun’s UV rays and also protects your skin from environmental aggressors, such as pollution. Wearing sunscreen daily protects your skin barrier and reduces your chances of experiencing UV-induced skin barrier damage.

Written by: Romy Rose Reyes