How to repair the Skin Moisture Barrier?
The flexibility of our skin plays an essential part when it comes to keeping a healthy skin. The moisture barrier plays a key role when it comes to enabling our skin to be able to move easily and gracefully. But our moisture barrier can be weakened and damaged due to a number of factors such as extreme exposure to the sunlight and pollution to mention few of the causes. In this article we will focus on what the moisture barrier is, how it works and also ways to repair and protect it.
Skin’s Moisture Barrier: What is it and How it Works?
Our skin is composed of several layers and each layer has certain tasks that it is assigned to carry out in order to maintain our skin healthy. The upper most layer being the epidermis is composed of skin cells which are responsible to hold together the lipid. As long the epidermis contains moisture and keratin it is able to provide protection to the skin and provide immunity against toxins. But when it dries up and the epidermis gets damaged the protections lessens, and our skin becomes tiresome and dehydrated making it more likely to be affected by harmful pathogen and skin damage.
Ways to Treat a Damaged Moisture Barrier
Now that we have become more familiar with what the moisture barrier is and how it works let’s discuss ways to treat and protect it.
Sunscreen: We have continually highlighted in previous articles how important sunscreen is when it comes to protecting our skin against damage and here it again plays a key role. Extreme sun exposure can damage the moisture barrier and applying sunscreen with antioxidants not only protects the skin from sun damage but also pollutants and pathogens.
PH Balance: Maintaining a healthy PH Balance of around 4.5 to 5.5 provides protection from bacteria, viruses, germs and other kinds of pollutants that can damage our skin. Over the counter skincare products can help keep our skin’s PH balance ideal and by using products that offer a PH balance compatible to our skin’s natural range we can achieve this.
Natural Oils: Using natural oils is a great way to protect our skin’s moisture barrier. In addition to enabling our skin to retain moisture natural oils are also able to protect against other skin problems such as dermatitis.
A Healthy Diet: In previous articles we have written about how foods and maintaining a healthy diet are one of the key elements when it comes to a healthy skin. By avoiding unhealthy foods and eating more healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits that provide antioxidants, fibre, vitamins, proteins and minerals and foods with fatty acid we provide nutrients to our skin and enable the moisture barrier to be healthy.
Building a Skincare Routine: Another essential part of maintaining a healthy skin has to do with building a good skincare routine. Make sure you build a skincare routine that includes products suited for your skin and you apply them properly and in a right order. Knowing your skin type is essential when building a skincare routine. In addition, make sure your skincare routine consists of cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization. If you are not sure about your skin type or what products to use is best to consult with a professional.