Sometimes, we think that layering skincare products on our faces will speed up our journey to clear glowing skin. Sadly, it could be the opposite. There is a possibility that we overdo skincare, especially when the products are loaded with the best things like AHAs, BHAs, and other actives. The ugly a result? A damaged skin barrier.
Fast facts about a thing called skin barrier:
- It's the outer layer of the skin (aka the stratum corneum) that acts as a protective layer of our epidermis against external aggressors like UV rays, dust, dirt, bacteria, and pollution.
- The skin barrier's composition is often compared to brick and mortar: The cells are the bricks and lipids (natural oils) act as mortar.
- It is responsible for the skin's firmness and suppleness.
- It's delicate and should be handled with care!
- Once it's damaged, skincare problems like acne, redness, and patchy skin happen.
How does one damage the skin barrier?
When we layer the wrong ingredients or go crazy with exfoliating acids, there is a high risk that we get irritated skin. Although we can't really *see*, we may have scrubbed our skin too raw, resulting in a damaged skin barrier. Skincare gurus like Hyram and Lab Muffin (Michelle) have been nonstop warning us about the dangerous effects of over-using exfoliating acids in their IG posts and vlogs.
Another culprit of a damaged skin barrier? Over-cleansing! Some facial wash formulas may be too harsh that they strip away your natural oils.
The bottom line
Too much of a good thing is bad. Go easy on your skin. It's a delicate layer of protection that you need to take care of the right way.
So how do I repair a damaged skin barrier?
We'll straight up tell you: The road ain't easy but you'll get there. You'll have to be patient with your skin. Give it a break from exfoliating acids and your usual cleansers. Try these repairing products that can restore your skin's oil-moisture balance:
The Best Skincare Products To Repair A Damaged Skin Barrier
ACWELL Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser
When cleansing your skin, use a facial wash without sulfates and with a low pH. This still does the job of removing impurities without leaving your complexion feeling dry and taut. (Need more options? Check out our list of gentle sulfate-free facial washes.)
ACWELL Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser, P864, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Luxe Organix Cica Rescue Calming Serum
Turn to any serum (or product TBH) with Centella Asiatica or "cica," and we promise that flareups will go away soon. Its soothing properties help calm down redness and breakouts. (For the Cica-Obsessed: A Definitive List of Centella Asiatica Skincare Products)
Luxe Organix Cica Rescue Calming Serum, P499, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
A'pieu Madecassoside Cica Gel
Apart from cica, this internet-famous cream also has madecassoside that helps relieve redness and irritation. It also provides a protective layer on the skin—those who are suffering from maskne turn to this product to heal the breakouts.
A'pieu Madecassoside Cica Gel, P910, Shopee
COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
A K-beauty favorite, snail mucin has amazing skin-repairing properties. It heals wounds and inflammation while nourishing the complexion. You can also look forward to having a glass skin glow with regular use of snail mucin-enriched skincare.
COSRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, P980, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Cream
A particular ingredient to look for if you've got dehydrated skin? Ceramides. These can bring back the moisture like no other! This particular jar is charged with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, making it the *best* choice for dry, damaged skin.
Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Cream 30ml, P750, Go Bloom and Glow
Olay Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid
Give your skin a tall glass of water! When you've got a damaged skin barrier, your complexion is dehydrated like the Sahara. Restore moisture without the slick with a hyaluronic acid serum. Bonus points if it has niacinamide, a wonder ingredient that's famous for repairing damaged skin. (Read: We Promise, These Are The Best Hyaluronic Acid Serums You'll Ever Try)
Olay Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum, P1,199, ShopeeContinue reading below ↓
Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum
There's a major reason skincare enthusiasts are crazy about this serum. Its soothing formula calms down signs of sensitivity. Its blend of oils helps restore a damaged skin barrier while healing breakouts.
Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum, P1,950, Go Bloom and GlowContinue reading below ↓
Kiehl's Calendula Calendula Alcohol-Free Toner
If you must use a toner, choose one that's alcohol-free and with calming ingredients. (You get it by now, right?) Pat the toner on your skin with clean hands for a gentler approach as compared to applying it with a cotton pad.
Kiehl's Calendula Calendula Alcohol-Free Toner, P2,435, Lazada
Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream
Despite its rich texture, this face cream feels lightweight and doesn't leave a greasy film. It's enriched with squalane oil which hydrates and helps prevent fine lines. Your skin will look plump and ~*glowy*~ with regular use.
Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream, currently out of stock at Sephora.ph
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
Our skin naturally has bacteria, the acne-causing one. You can fight it from ruining your dreams of a clear glowing complexion with the help of probiotics. They maintain a healthy skin barrier, prevent and soothe inflammation, and provide anti-bacterial ~*protection*~. This treatment water slash essence is loaded with hyaluronic and probiotics to keep the breakouts and dullness away.
Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion 75ml, P3,700, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
(Ed's note: If redness and irritation won't go away, please consult a dermatologist.)
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