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Creating and keeping a healthy skin barrier

No doubt you’ll have read the words ‘skin barrier’ in articles and on product packaging.

But what exactly is your skin barrier?

What causes damage?

What happens to skin which has a damaged skin barrier?

Will it repair itself?

What can you do to keep your skin barrier in top condition?

We’re answering all these question in this blog.

The outermost part of your skin is the skin barrier (scientifically known as the stratum corneum).

As a fan of Katherine Daniels products, you’ll have heard us talk of the skin barrier on many occasions.

Your skin barrier keeps the good stuff in (oil and water). It helps keep your skin and body hydrated.

It keeps the bad stuff out (external stressors, pollution particles, dirt and bacteria from the day and UV radiation).

It transports vital nutrients to your skin.

Think of the structure of the stratum corneum like a brick wall. Your skin cells are the bricks. Everything else, including your skin barrier can be likened to mortar. It’s the mortar that holds the bricks together, keeps the wall strong and in the best condition to do the job it is intended to do.

See how important it is to keep your skin barrier intact?

Your skin barrier contains essential nutrients, like cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids. These compounds are referred to as skin’s "natural moisturising factor." This helps keep the deeper layers of your skin hydrated and nourished.

What causes skin barrier damage?

External factors – the most common causes are extreme weather conditions, UV radiation, smoking and exposure to pollution.

Internal factors – lifestyle challenges may cause damage, including your stress levels and poor sleep patterns, also some medications.

Physical factors – damage to your skin, such as over exfoliating, or using products that are too harsh or aggressive. Some medications including steroid creams.

Think of it this way: Internal or external stressor which results in visible changes to your skin is capable of disrupting or damaging your skin barrier.

How to spot the signs of damage

It’s easy to spot that your skin barrier is damaged. Signs to look out for include:

- Sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin
- Itchiness
- Very dry skin or scaly patches
- Skin dehydration, dull, grey complexion, open pores, fine lines and sometimes under skin congestion
- Bacterial, viral or fungal skin infections
- Acne

Your skin barrier won't repair itself. But you can take steps to help it.

The good news is a damaged skin barrier can be repaired, but it does take a little time and effort. Depending on the extent of the damage. It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks up to 6 months to get it back to its protective best.

How to fix a damaged barrier:

Whether damaged or healthy, it’s still good to nourish it with repairing ingredients such as fatty acids, cholesterol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid. You should also wear a daily SPF. Think of this as your final protective coat of skin armour.

Rehydrating Concentrate

Why: Packed full of hydrating properties. A hydrated skin can maintain its natural defences and lock moisture within. Shop here.

Rehydrating Cream

Why: It’s the perfect complimenting partner for the Rehydrating Concentrate. We use the most advanced skin hydrating technology to flush away underlying skin congestion. Shop here.

Nurturing Night Balm

Why: It nurtures and soothes skin inflammation. Packed with Omega Fatty Acids, proven to reduce inflammation and help reduce and prevent irritation. Shop here.

Daily DNA Defence SPF30

Why: For its great protection in a potent anti-oxidant formulation. To protect, care and repair your skin.

It’s a weightless coat of skin armour, totally undetectable. The perfect last step in your morning routine. There’s no oily residue, no white chalky residue - you won’t even know you’re wearing it. Shop here.

The best news yet…

If you would like help choosing the correct products to suit your skin’s needs and to ensure your skin barrier is healthy and well maintained, we’d love you to visit our Virtual Skin Bar.

Hosted by Katherine Daniels Co-founder and skin expert, Donna Tait. Be our guest, there’s no entrance fee or dress code. It’s our gift to you.

With over 40 years of skincare expertise under her belt, Donna will guide you, advise you and ensure you have all the tools to create ‘Better Skin for Life.’

All you need is 20 minutes, a phone, tablet or laptop.

Book your complimentary appointment here