The skin barrier protects your skin, keeping harmful, unwanted aggressors out and ensuring skin is hydrated and balanced. There are five key factors that can disrupt the skin barrier leaving it weak and vulnerable. In this blog post, we will examine what the skin barrier is and why it is important to healthy skin and the factors that can affect the skin barrier. Plus, what you can do to help strengthen and protect the skin barrier, including the best Grown Alchemist skin care products for healthy skin and a stronger skin barrier.
WHAT IS THE SKIN BARRIER
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of your skin. It is made up of dead skin cells, lipids, and proteins. The lipids form a barrier that helps to keep water in and harmful substances out. The proteins provide strength and flexibility to the skin barrier.
THE ROLE OF THE SKIN BARRIER
• Protecting the skin from the environment -- helping protect it from harmful substances in the environment, such as dirt, dust, and bacteria.
• Keeping the skin hydrated -- prevents water from evaporating from the skin.
• Protecting the skin from infection -- prevents harmful bacteria from entering the skin.
• Maintaining the skin's pH balance – which is important for the skin's health.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT YOUR SKIN BARRIER
The Environment You Live In: Exposure to pollution, UV radiation, and extreme temperatures can weaken the skin barrier.
Harsh Skincare Products: Using products that contain high concentrations of certain ingredients, such as acids and exfoliants, can disrupt the skin barrier.
Dehydration: When the skin is dehydrated, it loses its natural moisture and becomes more susceptible to damage.
Your Age: As we age, our skin becomes thinner and its natural ability to retain moisture decreases, which can weaken the skin barrier and make it more prone to damage.
Your Unique Biology: You may have a weaker skin barrier due to generic factors or allergies.
Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can compromise the skin barrier.
SIGNS OF A WEAKEND SKIN BARRIER
If you have a damaged skin barrier, you may experience symptoms such as dryness, itching, redness, and inflammation. You may also be more susceptible to skin infections.
SOLUTION: GROWN ALCHEMIST SKIN RENEWAL RANGE
Meet your skin barrier support system: our Skin Renewal range targets environmental and stress-related skin aging to prevent skin barrier damage and help skin adapt under stress with a new Skin Renewal Ashwagandha Serum, Adaptogen Clay Mask and Niacinamide Day Cream. When the skin is less stressed, healthy skin functions break down less.
See instant improvements and visible results in 28 days with these 3 skin barrier superstar skincare products:
SKIN RENEWAL MASK
A creamy, wash-off clay mask featuring Snow Mushroom, Echinacea and Fruit Acids to exfoliate, purify and boost hydration. 9/10 rated this mask for its radiance recharge1 and 90%+ reported it also purified, rebalanced + calmed sensitive skin1.
SKIN RENEWAL SERUM
With just a few drops each night, this serum reduces signs of aging up to 25%2 with its blend of Niacinamide, Ashwagandha, Echinacea, Polypeptides and Hyaluronic Acid is clinically proven to not only strengthen the skin barrier up to 27% in 12 hours3 but also:
• boost moisture
• visibly reduce fine lines + wrinkles
• increase skin firmness & elasticity
• increase skin brightness
SKIN RENEWAL DAY CREAM
Protect skin from dehydration up to 12 hours4 with this lightweight cream moisturizer that goes beyond hydration with Echinacea, Reishi Mushroom and Niacinamide to strengthen the moisture barrier in 12 hours4 and defend skin against environmental damage. 93% agreed their complexion looked healthier and skin felt hydrated5.
1Independent User Trial 2022. Results based on 106 over 4 weeks.
2*Independent clinical trial 2023. Results based on 38 people over 4 weeks.
3Independent clinical trial 2023. Results based on 38 people over 12 hours.
4Independent User Trial 2022. Results based on 103 over 4 weeks.
5Independent clinical trial 2023. Results based on 37 people over 12 hours.