There can be several reasons why our skin may appear dull and lackluster, from lack of hydration to unprotected sun exposure, excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption, stress, lack of sleep, or an imbalanced diet. At the core of all these factors, it is highly likely that the barrier function of our skin has been weakened.
What happens if the skin barrier is damaged?
In general, beyond the lack of radiance in our skin, an imbalance in the barrier function can manifest in various ways, with the most common symptoms being:
- Increased susceptibility to infections
In some cases, there may even be a burning or painful sensation on the skin. Therefore, it is important to quickly identify these symptoms and try to determine what may be causing this imbalance.
In addition to the more obvious bad habits to modify, there are other less evident but equally causative factors to consider, such as:
- Cleansing routines with harsh soaps.
- Excessive exfoliation.
- Excessive use of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA).
- Excessive concentrations of retinoids.
How to restore the skin's protective barrier?
To restore the effectiveness of the barrier function:
- Use products that care for the skin's lipid barrier and acid mantle, containing topical vegetable oils that are similar to the lipids produced by our body (sebum), products based on essential fatty acids and ceramides.
- Restore water levels in the skin with moisturizing and hydrating actives such as glycerin, squalane, or hyaluronic acid.
- Complement your treatment with anti-inflammatory and soothing actives such as chamomile, green tea, everlasting flower, aloe vera, among others.
If you're wondering how long it will take for the skin barrier to recover and regain its radiance, you will need consistency and at least about 4 weeks, following certain steps and improving your bad habits.
Nevertheless, it is always recommended to consult a dermatologist for a more accurate evaluation.
The best nutrients to naturally regenerate the barrier function
Why are they so important? Because our body cannot produce them, so we have to obtain them through our diet or through topical products. Omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids are particularly important for the skin's barrier function. These fatty acids are essential components of the lipids found on the outer surface of the epidermis and are crucial for maintaining the integrity of the skin barrier.
When the skin barrier is weakened, the skin loses its ability to retain moisture, which can lead to dry and flaky skin. Omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids can help strengthen this protective dermal barrier and improve skin hydration. Additionally, they have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and redness in the skin. This is especially important for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
In summary, Omega-3 and 6 are true heroes for our skin. They strengthen the skin barrier, improve hydration, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
An Omega and hyaluronic acid-based treatment for radiant skin
Our Power Duo combines WE RISE FACE CREAM moisturizer and the GOJI NECTAR REVIVING SERUM to help restore the skin's barrier function. This combo not only contains essential fatty acids, which are crucial for rebuilding the protective dermal barrier but also provides soothing and anti-inflammatory actives such as chamomile, la everlasting flower, and rosehip that help reduce inflammation and redness in the skin.
Additionally, GOJI NECTAR contains 2 different molecules of hyaluronic acid, a hydrating active that helps retain moisture in the skin and gives it a fresher and more radiant appearance, as well as centella asiatica, a powerfull antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals while stimulating collagen production.
In summary, it's a perfect combination to restore the balance of the skin's barrier function and bring radiance back to our complexion.
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