The Key to Protecting Your Skin's Barrier

3/21/2018 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Your skin's job is to protect you. But sometimes, various factors can hinder it from performing at its maximum potential. That's where you come in! It is crucial that we are fueling our skin with the tools it needs to function properly as protectors of the body, and it all boils down to barrier health. We're exploring ways you can help your skin help you and build up its barrier to reinforce potential and give you healthy, glowing radiance year-round.

Your skin is comprised of three main layers: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. These layers are constantly hard at work! Then there's the barrier (the stratum corneum), the uppermost layer of the skin, that acts as a security guard for the layers beneath, ensuring nothing gets in there that could cause damage or problems such as environmental toxins, chemicals, and more. When this barrier starts to wear down and become weak, it cannot protect those lower layers, and this is when sensitivity occurs. This weakening can happen over time as you age or can be a result of harsh exfoliants or scrubs, and ultimately boils down to loss of hydration and elasticity. Thirty percent of the skin is made up of water, and the lipids and hydration are what allow the skin to function at its best! However, that's not to say there's nothing you can do about it. Let's dive in!

Why Do We Get Dry Skin?

1. Food and Drink Habits.
Diets high in caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can restrict nutrient delivery to the skin and cause dehydration. Try swapping out coffee for matcha, or integrating more "good fats" into your diet with avocados, salmon, almonds, or coconuts!

2. Inflammation.
If your skin is irritated, stressed, or overly inflamed, be it from rosacea, eczema, or even a sunburn, it requires more nutrients in an effort to calm that inflammation. But, this makes it difficult for the barrier to thrive and be healthy, causing further dehydration.

3. Over-Exfoliation.
Scrubs and harsh chemicals used as exfoliants may strip the lipid barrier, weakening its ability to protect the deeper layers of the skin, causing... you guessed it, dehydration. Choose natural enzyme exfoliants instead that gently eat away dead skin cells while still keeping the barrier intact.

4. Climate.
Cold, dry temperatures directly impact the skin. When the air surrounding us lacks water, our skin naturally loses moisture as well. And when temperatures are low, the cold air reduces blood flow to the skin. Combat less-than-ideal climates with nutrient-rich moisturizers like Nourish.

The Solution to Repair.

Meet the Osmosis Moisturizing Collection! All products in the line are rich in essential fatty acids, flavonoids, phytosterols, vitamins, and minerals to feed and nourish the skin back to health and restore the barrier's strength and integrity. Enrobe the skin with ingredients that heal damage to improve texture for a soft, supple radiance. Take care of your skin so your skin can take care of you!

Shop your Moisturizing Collection here and enjoy the benefits of a healthy barrier and a glowing radiance!

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