If you have wondered what exactly the skin barrier or biome is - you aren't all alone. You might be familiar with the term being mentioned in skin commercials, and in product advertisements.
Skin barriers are all the hype right now - and for a good reason. Your skin barrier is the very thing that is responsible for how your skin looks and feels. And if you don't take good care of your skin barrier - you could end up overloading your skin with dryness, irritation, acne, fine lines, rosacea, and more!
What is the skin barrier?
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin that protects your skin. It shields you from environmental stressors, external irritation, and inflammation. It also serves to ensure that your moisture remains inside!
Although the idea feels skin deep, the skin barrier system is a brick-and-mortar system. Skin cells and various lipids together form the protective barrier wall of the skin!
How do you know if yours is damaged?
Does your skin feel anything less than healthy? If the answer is yes, then your skin barrier might be damaged. The symptoms of a damaged skin barrier include heightened sensitivity, redness, dryness, flakes, itching, and major inflammation. Another sign of a weakened skin barrier is constant infections and rashes.
What causes your skin barrier to get damaged?
When your skin barrier is the shield of your skin - it is bound to get some damage every now and then, especially as it protects us from so many things! The most significant causes of a skin barrier damage are however
- Environmental factors (Smoking, Pollution, and Sun Exposure)
- Physical Damage (Over-exfoliating the face or using harsh/irritating skincare products)
Your genetics and age can also cause skin barrier damage. Ceramide levels start decreasing as we age. Therefore, our skin’s ability to hold onto moisture starts getting compromised! But these factors are totally out of our control! (Not like we can stop ourselves from growing old - or change our genetics!) However, we can lay off harsh exfoliators, and acids or sulfate-filled skincare products. All of these disrupt the balance of your skin barrier and you lose your supple and full skin!
How can I improve my skin barrier?
We love the UIQ range of products that are made especially to protect your skin barrier!
Made with Cutibiome that strengthens the skin barrier, Glycerin that moisturizes the skin, and Coconut Palm oil that acts as a natural surfactant, this Cleansing foam surrounds your skin like a cloud and washes all the dirt and impurities away!
This watery formula leaves you with nourishing keratin care. It provides your skin with barrier care, pigmentation care, and whitening care. With 24% Cutibiome, this toner is perfect to revive your damaged skin barrier
This vegan sheet mask contains a bottle of toner in it! It leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. It provides moisturizing, whitening, and skin barrier care!
This essence in powder allows you to protect your skin while smoothing your skin texture and evening out the skin tone. The Cutibiome nurtures your skin’s fundamental strength and helps rejuvenate tired and damaged skin!
A serum improves your sensitive, tired, and damaged skin from various stimuli. With regular use, your skin will show remarkable improvement in moisture retention and skin redness. It's great for barrier care and for soothing your inflamed and irritated skin!
The luxurious and soft texture of this cream draws moisture to your skin and keeps it nourished for 100 hours! Containing 4.8% of Cutibiome- the barrier protector, this cream also gives your skin some barrier and whitening care!
Your skin barrier is important as your skin is the largest in the body. It makes up to 15% of your total body weight. So isn't it important for us to care for the shield that protects it?