First things first, what is a moisture barrier and why is important in skin care?
A primary function of your skin is protecting your body from the environment. It serves as a barrier between your body and the dirt, bacteria, and irritants around you.
On the outermost layer of your skin, there is a combination of skin cells and lipids that create your skin's moisture barrier (or acid mantle). This protective layer helps to reduce moisture loss through your skin and keeps out irritants in your enviroment.
A healthy moisture barrier is key to achieving an even, glowing complexion. A damaged, or unhealthy, moisture barrier will often lead to dryness, redness/inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and other skin concerns that can lead to a concern ridden complexion.
How do you care for your moisture barrier?
Here are some key things to keep in mind when prioritizing the health of your moisture barrier:
- Always use a hydrating cleanser
- Avoid harsh cleansers that strip your skin
- Always use a good moisturizer
- Avoid over exfoliating, either too often or too many products