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What are the signs you might have compromised skin barrier?

What is your skin barrier & why is it important you keep it healthy and strong?
Lets go back to the basics and think about the primary function of your skin, it's true purpose. The skin performs six primary functions which include, protection, absorption, excretion, secretion, regulation and sensation. Now, to get a little more specific when it pertains to cosmetic skincare, it regulates water loss from the inside out, retains moisture, and keeps you hydrated. The skin barrier also blocks entry to most topical drugs, or those you put on your skin. 
 
So what are the signs?
If your skin barrier is damaged, it could lead to skin problems like dry, itchy, or flaky skin. Your skin will look and feel irritated overall—think redness, scaly texture, itching, and inflammation. A telltale sign of a damaged barrier is that you experience stinging and burning when applying nonactive products like cleansers or hydrating serums.
 
Do any of these apply to you?
Dry, scaly skin. Itchiness. Rough or discolored patches. Acne. sensitive or inflamed areas. Bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections.
In that case, you may have a damaged skin barrier. But that's okay! Our skin cells regenerate anywhere from 28-40 days depending on multiple factors. This is also called desquamation (but that's a whole other subject we can cover in another post). If you care for your skin with the right products you can help repair your barrier and see that healthy glow again in no time!
 
So what can you do to restore your skin barrier?
Skip the exfoliants, at least for now. Exfoliating is important but that would almost be like knocking it when its already down. It's in a fragile state, a lil baby. I know I mention consistency, consistently but that's because it's crucial! You won't see results from your skincare if you also don't put in the work, team effort bitches. SUNSCREEN....Don't skip it! I know it seems harmless to skip but trust me, future you will be so grateful you did *besitos, besitos*
 
What ingredients should you look for:  
Ceramides, Niacinamide, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Humectants and Anti-Inflammatories/Skin Soothers. 
 
Reishi Builder Face Serum Restore Face Cream
🍄 The beauty of mushrooms! Reishi & Shiitake mushrooms have been shown to dramatically help with skin hydration. This serum is light weight and sinks in fast. Ceramides are lipids our skin needs to sustain and be healthy. They make up 50% of our skin barrier and are naturally occurring lipids in our skin. We just loose the ability to produce as much as we get older.
Unscented and formulated with sensitive skin in mind. So it’s a good serum for any skin type! AM / PM use

Ah yes, the infamous Niacinamide. There's a reason its in everything. It has so many benefits and I like to say its the jack of all trades when it comes to skin actives. Studies show that 2-5% niacinamide is the most beneficial for skin. If you go above that you risk more irritation and your back at square one. More is not better in this case and that why we use it at 5% in this cream. Gentle botanical extracts of chamomile and calendula, vitamin B5 improves dryness and hemp proteins can help with the integrity of your skin. For an over all improved healthier looking skin.

Unscented and formulated with sensitive skin in mind. So it’s a good cream for any skin type! AM / PM use

 

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