You'd agree with us if we say that at times you get acne or feel your skin is appearing too oily or dry. There are days when the skin appears relatively dull, irritated, or so. Any guesses why that happens? It's because your skin barrier health has gone for a toss! Yes! A damaged or broken skin barrier is the reason why you face different skin concerns. So let's dive into the basics and check what it's all about.\nBut first, let's understand our skin.\nWhat is a Skin Barrier \u0026amp; what does it do?\nOur skin has various layers, and each layer has a purpose. The outermost layer of your skin is called the 'SKIN BARRIER.' The barrier acts as a protective shield for the body's largest organ. Its primary function is to safeguard the skin from external threats, such as dust, dirt, pollutants, harmful microorganisms, and the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.\n \nAdditionally, this layer also acts like a wall that keeps water from getting out, ensuring your skin holds moisture. This essential helps maintain skin elasticity and a youthful appearance. When the skin retains moisture effectively, it appears plump, supple, and more resilient.\n \nImportance of Barrier Care in Skincare Routine\nA well-maintained skin barrier keeps the skin adequately hydrated, thereby maintaining its elasticity \u0026amp; suppleness. It balances your skin's immune response, which helps prevent any allergies that cause irritation and inflammation. Meaning, your skin is now more compatible with most skincare products you always wanted to try.\nThat's not all; it also preserves your skin's natural microbiome (the good bacteria) and prevents premature aging. Long story short, barrier care, in the long run, will determine your skin's appearance and health.\n\nWhat can damage your Skin Barrier?\nThere are multiple reasons that could result in Skin Barrier Damage. Some external, some internal. Think of your skin barrier as bricks in a wall because it is made up of cells cemented together, such as Ceramides, Cholesterol, and fatty acids. Improper care of the skin barrier and direct exposure to environmental aggressors hammer this wall and disturb its structure.\nSome of the external and internal factors that can affect your skin barrier include:\n\nChanges in climatic conditions\nToo much sun exposure\nReusing face towels or pillow covers\nRubbing your face\nConsuming unhealthy foods\/diets\nOver-exfoliation\nAging\nHormonal changes\n\n \nSigns your Skin Barrier is damaged\nIt's simple; when your skin starts acting up - meaning you start seeing skin concerns! The following are the signs of a damaged skin barrier:\n\nSkin Dryness\nRedness \u0026amp; Inflammation\nSensitivity \u0026amp; Itchiness\nAcne Breakouts\nSkin Flare-Ups\nVisible Signs of Aging - Fine Lines \u0026amp; Wrinkles\nIncreased Sensitivity to Sun\nExcessive Oil Production\nCracking and Peeling\n\n \nHow to repair \u0026amp; restore Damaged Skin Barrier?\nCommon skin barrier concerns generally require practical changes \u0026amp; resolutions in lifestyle and skincare choices.\n \nLifestyle changes:\n\nStart following a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins that are not only good for the gut but also for the skin, as it all helps speed up barrier repair.\n\n\nStaying hydrated on the inside is as important as keeping the skin hydrated with moisturizers. So drinking 7-8 glasses of water is a good choice.\n\n\nMaintaining hygiene such as using clean pillows and towels needs to be in practice at all times. Plus, dabbing the skin with face towels instead of rubbing needs to be inculcated into the routine.\n\n\nIt is recommended to avoid hot showers and harsh cleansing agents, as they can further strip the skin's natural moisture.\n\n \nSkincare choices:\nPractice skincare routines religiously. And ensure that you include non-comedogenic products with barrier-friendly ingredients like Ceramides \u0026amp; Peptides and hydrating \u0026amp; soothing agents in your skincare. It is highly recommended to avoid over-exfoliation.\n \nHyphenate Barrier Care into Your Skincare:\nAt Hyphen, we have collated the power of nature and science into our barrier care creams. These moisturizers have the right formula, the right ingredients that not only nourish but also fortify your skin barrier. They have ceramides that act like glue, enhancing the water-holding capacity of your skin. This further helps to keep the barrier healthy and sealed. Peptides in the moisturizer penetrate deep into the skin, nourishing and strengthening your outermost layer. The moisturizer comes with other antioxidant-rich essentials too, which work in harmony to provide your skin with the nourishment it deserves, leaving it supple and healthy.\n \nThat's not all! Hyphen's other products like Golden Hour Glow Serum and All I Need Sunscreen SPF 50 PA++++ too support strong barrier care. Adding such products to your routine will surely provide your skin barrier all the care and attention it needs and deserves, as it always stands by our side. Now that we know about barrier care IN \u0026amp; OUT, unveiling supple and dewy skin is just a matter of time. At Hyphen, we are committed to offering high-performance skincare with the power of nature and science. Just so that you hyphenate your skincare with all the right care and love.