How to Repair a Damaged Skin Barrier
Day to day we put our skin through a lot, from exposure to the elements, environmental stressors and everything in between, it’s no surprise that our skin barrier can become weakened. Whether you are looking to prevent or repair, we have created a helpful guide on how to care for your skin barrier, sharing expert advice and tips to achieve healthy skin.
Discover our round up of Omorovicza’s best skin barrier repair products, each infused with high-performance technologies to soothe and hydrate.
What is the skin barrier?
The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the epidermis (your skin) and is often referred to as the ‘stratum corneum’.
A healthy skin barrier is strong and resilient, helping to block out irritants while locking in essential moisture and natural oils. A damaged skin barrier however, forms cracks and gaps which can allow impurities to get in and moisture to escape.
The skin requires the right balance of humectants, emollients and occlusives to maintain a stable skin barrier, so finding the correct routine to suit your skin type is important. Building up this surface layer is also essential to help reduce long-term sensitivity.
What causes skin barrier damage?
From harsh chemicals to sun exposure, there are many reasons why our skin barrier can become damaged. Your skin barrier can also weaken with age, therefore maintaining hydration levels is vital.
Aging is inevitable, however, there are some methods we can use to help slow this process such as daily moisturising with face creams that are infused with ceramides and collagen.
Signs of a damaged skin barrier
- Dry or flaky skin
- Itchy or irritated skin
- Textural irregularities
- Sensitive and inflamed skin
Skincare tips on how to repair the skin barrier
Less is more when it comes to repairing a damaged skin barrier. Focus on nourishing, hydrating and soothing the epidermis with skin-replenishing ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid and squalane.
- Opt for a rich facial oil or balmy textures and avoid over-exfoliating during your repair journey, and achieve a visibly plump, glowing complexion in no time. Use lukewarm water when washing the skin.
- Opt for gentle, leave-on exfoliants and avoid overly abrasive scrubs.
- Use a mild cleanser when cleansing the face to avoid irritation.
- Look for skincare formulated with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and squalane.
- Apply SPF 30 or above every day to help protect the skin from harmful rays.
An essence to better retain moisture
Throughout your skin care ritual, it is important that each step is adding vital layers of hydration. Starting with thinner textures and building up to thicker layers, your skin is able to lock in optimum moisture. This is why we recommend starting with the Queen Essence as this is the fluidest formula of your routine.
The Queen Essence provides a hybrid formula that is more fluid than a serum, yet thicker than a toner, enveloping the skin in hydration to leave a glowing, plumper-looking appearance. Harnessing the powers of snow mushroom, tomato stem cells and hyaluronic acid, the drops help to lock in moisture and condition the complexion, while lending a smooth and radiant finish.
A serum to reduce fine lines & wrinkles
Revive your radiance with Midnight Renewal. Harnessing the benefits of retinal, a powerful form of vitamin A, the night-time serum works to repair and protect whilst you sleep.
The high-performance serum features a rich texture that effortlessly glides across the complexion to hydrate and visibly plump. Omorovicza’s Healing Concentrate™ combines oat lipids, polyglutamic acid and microalgae to shield the skin from stressors, whilst stimulating the skin’s self-renewal process, leaving it feeling refreshed and radiant.
A rescue treatment to repair the skin barrier
Here, the Queen Oil works ideally for skin barrier renewal. A facial oil is best suited to your evening skincare routine to allow the skin to soak up that intense hydration overnight. A beautifully concocted formula of omega, vitamins C, E and K and other collagen boosting actives allows means your skin is left feeling nourished and perfectly plump.
Its additional reparative properties foster the perfect rescue treatment that replenishes all skin types.
Cushioning Day Cream
A daily moisturiser to maintain barrier function
The Cushioning Day Cream calls on the properties of plankton extract and microalgae to target the firmness and elasticity of the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the universal cream strengthens the skin’s barrier to emphasize its capacity to block environmental stressors.
Its weightless texture forms a nutrient-rich film that provides intense hydration to leave skin feeling plump, soft and supple.
Gold Rescue Cream
A moisturiser for dry skin
Utilising the powers of colloidal gold, the Gold Rescue Cream is the ultimate treat for dry skin. Its thick, creamy texture intensely nourishes and hydrates, while creating a protective barrier that helps to shield the skin. Enriched with a potent blend of omega-6 ceramides, polypeptides and Omorovicza’s Patented Healing Concentrate™, the luxurious barrier cream works to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines to promote a smooth and supple finish.
A day moisturiser for dehydrated skin
Queen cream is a hybrid day cream designed to replenish lost moisture, while protecting and priming the skin. Complete with a melting balm texture, the luxurious formula imparts the complexion with elements necessary for preserving elasticity and suppleness.
It’s also infused with a blend of vitamin-rich oils and natural blurring agents to help nourish the skin with nutrients, while creating the perfect base for makeup.
An intensive program
Target a damaged skin barrier with The Cure, an intensive 9-day ampoule program constructed of three unique formulations, each designed to resurface, replenish and restore. Phase 1 features a powerful blend of glycolic acid, mandelic acid and vegetable collagen, expertly created to gently exfoliate the skin to reveal a smooth, visibly even complexion.
Phase 2 is powered by Omorovicza’s Healing Concentrate™, working to eliminate impurities and textural irregularities. Infused with barbary fig, kahai nut oils, squalane and chia seed oils, phase 3 seeks to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin, while locking in essential moisture for a supple, visibly plumper-looking appearance.
A daily SPF protection
The Mineral UV Shield offers SPF30 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection, while also being kind to the skin. Powered by a rich blend of zinc oxide, vitamin C and titanium dioxide, the versatile cream hydrates the skin and promotes a visibly-even skin tone. Infused with light-reflecting pigments, the formula blurs the complexion, while providing a mattified finish. Most importantly, the SPF formulation works to further protect the skin barrier for overall skin health.