How To Rebuild Your Skin Barrier for Rehydration
Is your skin feeling tight and dry? Are you experiencing some redness and itching? That is a sign that your skin’s moisture barrier might be compromised. What does that mean? Well, the short version is that your skin isn’t hydrated enough, leading to the dryness you experience.
The long version is a little more science-y. Let’s understand what the skin barrier is, what it does, and how damage to it causes dryness!
What is the Skin Barrier?
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin, also known as the epidermis. The epidermis itself has another topmost layer called the stratum corneum. It comprises skin cells, lipids, and natural moisturizing components like amino and fatty acids. It looks very similar to “brick and mortar” that you will see on walls of buildings, skin cells being the “bricks” while lipids (or oils) are the glue, the “mortar” which holds the cells together and also moves moisture between them. One of the skin barrier’s crucial functions is protection. A healthy skin barrier not only protects the skin from external aggressors like UV rays, but it also helps to retain moisture within the skin.
When the skin barrier is damaged, not only can external aggressors penetrate the skin more easily, but the skin will also experience a loss of water and nutrients which can put the moisture levels out of balance. When this balance is compromised, the result is the skin losing its supple look, becoming dull or uneven, feeling tight, and leading to dryness, redness, and irritation. A healthy skin barrier is effective at retaining moisture and protecting skin from aggressors. When the skin barrier is strong and healthy, the skin feels smooth and hydrated, looks radiant, and fresh. To build a strong skin barrier, it is essential to use products like Salameh’s Ultra Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Complex and Dr. Dennis Gross SuperFoods Stress Repair Face Cream.
With a hyaluronic acid complex, your skin works as a hydrophilic, or water-attracting molecule, to ensure your skin is absorbing more moisture than is normally possible.
Made to combat dehydration, redness, and worry lines, this cream contains all the essential nutrients like adaptogens and niacinamide to give you a healthier, hydrated complexion.
A moisturizing lotion that gently protects the skin with betaine and natural botanical oil to build a layer of moisture over the skin. It has a rich texture and will melt smoothly into your skin.
What is Hydration?
Hydrating involves increasing the water content of skin cells, which causes them to swell up and become plumper and hence bouncier. This also leads to luminous-looking skin as these plumped skin cells reflect light very nicely. When cells are dehydrated due to an outflow of water, this leads to shriveled up skin cells and dull-looking skin. Hydrators, products that hydrate the skin, are also known as humectants and common ingredients include glycerin and hyaluronic acid which work by drawing water from deep within the skin and the skin surroundings into the cells, improving the ability to absorb nutrients. Alpha-hydroxy acids are another effective hydrator.
Made with ingredients that stimulate live cells and skin repair, this serum restores your skin to its original glow as well as renews your complexion by increasing collagen production.
A hypoallergenic ultrafine hydrogen spa cleanser infused with Camellia Sinensis leaf powder and Pearl Powder. Simply use an appropriate amount and softly foam it on your hands and face.
A 3-in-1 set that includes a toner extract, essence and cream made with more than 90% naturally derived ingredients. It works to maintain the skin’s pH balance and leave your skin smooth.
How Can I Fix My Skin Barrier and Hydration Levels?
The good news is it isn’t hard to fix your hydration levels! In fact, you can see the effects of increased hydration within 24 hours. So we’ve put together a list of things you should do for three days as a boot camp to boost your hydration levels! You will see a marked improvement in your skin if you take the time over the weekend from Friday to Sunday to reboot and rejuvenate, and you will start your next Monday with glowing, refreshed skin!
Get up fresh and early at 8 am after a good 8-9 hours of rest
Sleep is one of the most essential elements of healing your skin barrier. When you sleep, the body is repairing cells and replenishing moisture levels. Hence, it is so important for us to sleep sufficiently! It has been proven that people who get good-quality sleep had a 30% increase in their skin barrier recovery after a period of 3 days compared to those who did not sleep well. Therefore, you should make sure you are getting some great sleep in order to get your skin barrier to heal properly and efficiently!
Drink at least 1.5 liters of water, and avoid coffee and alcohol
Water is obviously essential to hydrating your body, it’s the very element we are trying to increase! The skin moisture barrier isn’t just repaired by skincare products, it is also very important that you are physically hydrating yourself well. Hitting the minimum of 8 glasses of water a day isn’t enough to reinvigorate your skin’s hydration levels, you will need to be consistent and focused on drinking more water! Getting 1.5 liters of water a day is easier done than you think, just get a large bottle and have it next to you at all times. You will find yourself periodically sipping on it much more often when you have a bottle next to you.
The more hydration we give our bodies from the inside, the much more effectively the skin barrier will work. The skin is made up of 30% water, hence it is absolutely necessary that we hydrate properly!
Avoid coffee and alcohol as these are very dehydrating. Stick to teas like green tea that also have coffee, or limit your coffee intake to once a day in the morning if you really need that caffeine boost.
Swap your pillowcase for a silk one
Not only does a silk pillowcase feel extra-luxurious, but it also will help with retaining moisture! Many cotton pillowcases are abrasive and can cause further damage to the skin barrier, especially if you are someone who tosses and turns a lot in your sleep. A silk pillowcase is much less abrasive and gentle on the skin. What’s more, it is also great for reducing hair loss as the pulling of your hair on cotton pillowcases can lead to hair fall.
Get a gentle cleanser
A gentle cleanser like Salameh’s Multi-Action Cleanser or COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Cleanser does not strip your skin of extra oil and simply removes whatever is necessary. If you have experienced that tight feeling after using your cleanser, it’s a sign to swap it for something gentler.
A facial cleanser that contains triple Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize your skin while its rich foam works to wash away the impurities from your skin.
Have an early night’s rest
It’s Friday night and tempting to get drinks with friends, but stay in tonight and get some good sleep. Watch a movie, and just spend some time in so you can sleep by 11 pm. Remember that sleeping is super important and alcohol is dehydrating, so ditch the weekend drinks and head to bed!
Wear a hydrating overnight mask on the second day
Boost those moisture levels all the way up with an overnight mask like RE:P Nutrinature Ultra All-Night Moisture & Relief Mask. Get yourself a hydrating sleeping mask, or make your own! Blend up a cucumber in your blender and add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel until it becomes smooth. Spread it on your face and for the hydrating properties of the aloe vera and clothing effect of cucumber.
An overnight treatment mask infused with a moisturizing and nourishing formula containing lemon balm, apple mint, and tea tree oil to replenish and hydrate the skin.
These are easy steps you can do for a three-day hydration boot camp, and incorporate into your daily life to strengthen your skin barrier! Remember to drink plenty of water, and you can totally enjoy some weekend drinks but make sure you don’t drink too much and hydrate sufficiently to combat the dehydrating effects!
|1||Salameh Ultra Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Complex|
With a hyaluronic acid complex, your skin works as a hydrophilic, or water-attracting molecule, to ensure your skin is moisturized.
|2||Dr. Dennis Gross SuperFoods Stress Repair Face Cream|
Made to combat dehydration, redness, and worry lines, this cream contains all the essential nutrients like adaptogens and niacinamide.
|3||Dr.Jart Ceramidin Serum|
A solution to dry skin problems, this serum has a light but rich formula that works to rebuild your skin barrier with Ceramide.
|4||Hera Aquabolic Essential Emulsion|
A moisturizing lotion that gently protects the skin with betaine and natural botanical oil to build a moisture layer over the skin.
|5||Salameh Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum|
Made with ingredients that stimulate live cells and skin repair, this serum restores your skin to its original glow.
|6||Airive Airy Skin Spa Cleanser Sooth & Hydrate|
A hypoallergenic ultrafine hydrogen spa cleanser that foams and is infused with Camellia Sinensis leaf powder and Pearl Powder.
|7||Huxley Hydration Trio set|
A 3-in-1 set includes a toner extract, essence and cream made with more than 90% naturally derived ingredients to moisturize your skin.
|8||Salameh Multi-Action Cleanser|
This cleanser heals and treats damaged skin while cleaning and hydrating. It deeply cleans your pores, bringing you a brighter glow.
|9||COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Cleanser|
A facial cleanser that contains triple Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize your skin while its rich foam works to wash away the impurities.
|10||RE:P Nutrinature Ultra All-Night Moisture & Relief Mask|
An overnight treatment mask infused with a moisturizing and nourishing formula containing lemon balm, apple mint, and tea tree oil.
|11||Laneige Water Sleeping Mask|
With an enhanced pro-biotics complex, this overnight mask works to strengthen the skin's defense throughout the night.
|12||Innisfree Brightening Pore Sleeping Mask|
With Vitamin C from Jeju's tangerines, this sleeping mask will brighten the skin and improve the tone, texture, and pores.