One of the most common culprits of skin barrier damage is water temperature. Water that's either too hot, or too cold, can strip the skin of its protective outer layers leaving rough, dry and irritated skin in place of healthy, soft, smooth and glowing skin.
Luckily it's a quick and easy fix: always ensure you're using lukewarm water, especially when cleansing your face.
While we're undeniably blessed to be able to have as much sunshine in our lives as we do, those glorious rays are far from friendly for our complexions.
We all know that UVA/UVA and other environmental aggressions such as smoke and pollution can cause premature ageing, but in the short term, they can also impact your skin's barrier.
A broad-spectrum SPF is a must, and if your skin feels particularly irritated right now, double up with an antioxidant-rich cream or protective spray that guards against environmental damage. Try the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, which you can wear over makeup, or bare skin after you've applied SPF.
Washing your face at least once a day is a must, but no matter how good it feels to take the day off, it's important to go easy on the cleansing.
Even the gentlest of cleansers can strip the skin of essential lipids which work to hydrate and protect our skin. Keep going at that barrier with soapy formulas and you're bound to create a problem.
We'd recommend a cream cleanser as a go-to everyday option.
Whether you're into physical or chemical exfoliants, moderation is always key. Because, despite helping to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a fresh glow, actives and abrasive granules can quickly become a problem if your skin is irritated.
Whether your skin is in peak health, or in need of a reboot, you can't beat the ease and efficacy of a sheet mask. Take a minute to load the skin up with moisture and nourishing nutrients from this serum-soaked Minenssey treatment mask to revive your skin back to its optimal health. Its pro-biotic solution supports the skin's natural renewal process making it a go-to for anyone trying to get their skin barrier back in good shape.
If you notice your skin is feeling tight and seems a bit off, do a quick check of your skincare products. If you're using anything featuring fragrance, even natural essential oils, give your skin a break from it and you should start to notice a difference.
Fragranced skincare products can mess with the skin's natural balance and barrier function so it's always best to switch to fragrance-free products if you notice any signs of irritation.
As a rule, rich and nourishing ingredients such a hyaluronic acid, omega fatty acids, ceramides, niacinamide and pre- and pro-biotics will help to restore your skin barrier and get that glow back!