HOW TO REPAIR & PROTECT YOUR SKIN BARRIER IN TIME FOR SPRING
Cozying up inside and enjoying the great outdoors are some of the best ways to enjoy the winter season. However, the harsh elements and lack of moisture in the air (both outside and inside) can make our skin look lackluster and dull, leaving us reaching left and right for resurfacing products that promise to bring back glowing, radiant skin to our winter-selves. Combined with the environmental factors of the winter season and over-doing exfoliation, your skin barrier may not be so happy come spring.
What is the skin barrier?The skin barrier, or stratum corneum, is the outermost layer of your skin which consists of skin cells called corneocytes that are often compared to bricks. These brick-like structures are glued together with a "mortar" composed of cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids. Your skin barrier essentially keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out — it helps to retain water and moisture and protects against environmental stressors and pathogens that can disrupt your health. It plays an integral part in your skin health and overall health.
Learn to recognize the signs of a compromised skin barrier, common disruptors, and how to keep your winter skin feeling healthy and your skin barrier strong through the end of winter into spring!