How to Heal Your Skin Barrier: 6 Skincare Tips for Sensitive Skin
Here at Roccoco Botanicals, we understand how our skin can change with age, motherhood, and daily living. Skincare trends come and go, but allowing our skin's natural barrier to work effectively is the foundation of great skin.
After all, the skin is the body's largest organ, and it's essential to our overall health to protect it. Unfortunately, when our skin's natural barrier is compromised, we are more susceptible to skin breakouts, dryness, and irritation.
In this article, let’s discuss some easy and effective tips to help you heal your skin barrier and maintain healthy-looking skin.
Gentle Cleansing - Most women love the feeling of a fresh, clean face, but harsh scrubs and exfoliants can cause more harm than good. When your skin's natural barrier is compromised, gentle cleansing is crucial. Use a mild, soap-free cleanser to remove impurities, makeup, and sweat from your skin, but do not scrub or rub your skin too hard. Instead, use a soft washcloth or your hands to work the cleanser into a lather, then rinse with warm water. If your skin is sensitive avoid foaming cleansers all together and opt for an oil based cleanser or milky cleanser.
Use a Gentle Toner or Essence - After cleansing, use an essence or toner to remove any lingering traces of dirt or makeup. Toners can also help rebalance your skin's pH levels, supporting your skin's natural barrier. Essences function differencly in that they are an active product that boosts epidermal hydration levels, allowing your other products to penetrate more efficiently. Choose an essence or toner that is free from harsh chemicals and alcohol, as these can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to further irritation.
Moisturise Your Skin - Moisturising is one of the most crucial steps in healing your skin's barrier. Your skin needs moisture to function correctly, and when you don't provide it with enough, it can become dry and flaky. Choose an allergen-free moisturiser that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Apply it twice daily after cleansing and toning, paying particular attention to any dry or rough areas. Fragrances are often an issue simply because they contain allergens. You can have the best of both worlds when you remove allergens from a fragrance and skin care products.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun - UV exposure is one of the leading causes of skin damage and premature ageing. Protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Look for a product with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours if you are spending time outdoors.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals - When your skin's natural barrier is compromised, it's essential to avoid harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin further. This includes alcohol-based products, synthetic fragrances, and other harsh chemicals commonly found in skincare products. Instead, opt for gentle, fragrance-free products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
Give Your Skin a Break - Sometimes, less is more when it comes to skincare. If your skin is sensitive or irritated, give it a break from all skincare products for a day or two. This can help calm your skin and allow your natural barrier to heal more effectively. Use silicone based products during this time as it will allow your skin to heal much quicker, as it forms an invisible breathable shield on the skin that repairs the skin.
Healing your skin's barrier can take time, but with the right skincare routine, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin. These tips are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and can help you maintain healthy-looking skin for years to come.
Remember, choosing gentle, fragrance-free products, protecting your skin from the sun, and giving your skin a break can all have a significant impact on your skin's overall health.
By following these tips, you can take care of your skin and enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful skin.
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