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How to Restore the Skin Barrier

Women applying moisturizer on her face to protect her skin barrier

Responsible for protecting the skin from environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV rays – it is crucial to know how to protect the skin barrier. When compromised, it can lead to a range of skin issues, including dryness, irritation, and inflammation.

Here, we will explore how to restore the skin barrier, how it works, and what happens when it becomes compromised. We will also discuss ways to support and strengthen the barrier in your everyday skincare routine for a healthy and radiant complexion.

What is the Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier the epidermis, also known as the stratum corneum. When working to its full potential, it allows the skin to be able to retain moisture and ensures protection of the deeper levels of the epidermis.

A vital part of our body’s defense against external harmful factors, this thin but complex layer of skin prevents the invasion of pathogens, irritants, and allergens.

What Damages the Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is not invincible and it can become compromised due to various factors such as age, environmental stressors, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

There are multiple factors that can affect your skin barrier, including:  

  • More excessive exposure to harsh weather elements 
  • Pollution 
  • Poor sleep 
  • Extremes of temperature 
  • Certain skincare ingredients 
  • Soaps containing SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – a harsh, chemical agent) 

What Does a Damaged Skin Barrier Look Like?

Once the skin barrier is damaged, it can no longer protect from those harmful, external aggressors invading the epidermis, resulting in its inability to retain hydration. Loss of moisture retention will result in a dry, tight and irritated feeling that will struggle to be comforted even after moisturization.

All of these elements may manifest themselves as outbreaks such as dermatitis, acne, breakouts, and other blemishes.

How Can Omorovicza Healing Concentrate™ Help Your Skin Barrier?  

Our Healing Concentrate™ is a patented ingredient that captures the healing powers of the potent minerals found in Budapest’s thermal baths to deliver them to the skin.  

We do this by transforming the molecular structure of these minerals (magnesium. zinc and calcium) to ensure your skin can take full advantage of them for maximum benefits, including contributing towards repairing your skin barrier, preserving optimal moisture levels, refining skin texture and defending against free radicals.  

This multifaceted approach aims to enhance overall skin health, making products formulated with our Healing Concentrate™ a vital component in your skincare routine.   

How to Restore the Skin Barrier

Protecting and restoring your skin barrier is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Here are some of our expert recommendations on how to restore the skin’s barrier using skincare:

Tip 1:  Use a Gentle Cleanser

Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt your skin barrier. Use a gentle cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type and avoid using hot water, which can also cause dryness. Opt for warm, comfortable temperatures and avoid extremes to prevent irritation or inflammation. 

All Omorovicza cleansers are SLS-free and contain innovative ingredients to targeted specific skincare concerns.

Tip 2:  Moisturize Daily

Moisturizing helps to keep the skin hydrated and reinforces the skin’s barrier. Choose a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your specific skin type and contains nourishing ingredients like ceramides, which can help to repair your skin barrier.  

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Tip 3:  Use a Serum

Serums are packed with active ingredients that can nourish and repair your skin barrier. Look for a serum that contains antioxidants, such as vitamin C or E, which will help to further reinforce and strengthen your barrier.

Tip 4:  Protect your Skin from The Sun 

UV radiation can also damage your skin barrier. So, it’s essential to wear sunscreen – minimum SPF 30 – every day to deliver the best protection for your complexion. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.  

Tip 5:  Avoid Over-Exfoliating 

Over-exfoliating is one of the most common ways you can damage your skin barrier. Simply listen to your skin and exfoliate when a reset is needed. A thorough exfoliation once or twice a week will remove any excess impurities and encourage cell turnover.  

Tip 6:  Avoid Hot Showers 

Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness. Dial down the heat, to a less extreme temperature for more skin- friendly showering and bathing – we recommend a more tepid temperature for optimal skin-health benefits.  

Or, why not challenge yourself and enjoy a cold shower? Cooler temperatures work wonders to increase blood circulation, helping to invigorate and re-energize the skin. 

By following these recommendations, we hope you enjoy renewed skin health and a beautifully radiant glow. 

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