Revitalizing a damaged skin barrier

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Achieving that supple youthful skin of a newborn doesn’t have to mean a 10-step skincare routine and a blood sacrifice. Why? Because it's an impossible task. We’re giving you 7 essential ingredients that you should look to repair the skin barrier for healthier and more youthful-looking skin. 


The skin barrier is located in the stratum corneum, which is the top layer of the epidermis. It consists of corneocytes (flattened skin cells), ceramides (waxy lipid molecules), cholesterol and free fatty acids. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

The lipids in the skin barrier provide softness and bind skin cells together that helps to prevent dehydration by keeping water molecules and Natural Moisturizer Factors (NMF) locked inside the stratum corneum ensuring firmness and plumpness. Natural Moisture Factors are the 7 ingredients that help to revitalize the skin.

As we age our skin becomes exposed to many factors that contribute to the damage of your skin’s protective barrier and lipids naturally decrease. Some of these factors include:

  •   Sun exposure—this is by far the number-one damaging element
  •   Harsh weather elements (wind, rain, cold, heat)
  •   Environmental pollution
  •   Dehydration
  •   Cigarette smoke
  •   Exposure to harsh and drying chemicals in personal care products
  •   Poor dieting
  •   Lack of exercise
  •   Excessive use of alcohol and drugs
  •   Stress
  •   Chlorine in swimming pools
  •   Bacteria, infections and medical trauma

These factors ultimately compromise the skin’s protective barrier resulting in dryness, flakiness, wrinkling, sagging and fine lines. Yikes! This is why It's important to restore your skin barrier ASAP by using skin-identical, skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients. Once the skin barrier is broken, you’re more vulnerable to irritation from other substances and ingredients that come into contact with your skin. Without the proper replenishment, your skin’s barrier could become severely damaged over time. 


Check the ingredients label for skin revitalizing superstars⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣such as:

Ceramide

Skin-restoring, Skin-identical, humectant

It creates a tight bond between cells to enhance and strengthen skin barrier function and improve water permeability.

Linoleic Acid

Skin-identical

Unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids that seal in moisture and helps skin barrier integrity. These are found in Sunflower, safflower, evening primrose, and jojoba oils.

Cholesterol

Skin-identical

Strengthens the outermost layer of the skin by its water-binding capacity.

Glycerin

Skin-restoring, Skin-identical, humectant
Attracts water to the skin and improves skin barrier function, smoothes skin.

Lactic Acid

Skin-identical
Alpha Hydroxy Acid that acidifies skin and maintains the pH of the skin.

Urea

Skin-identical
Increases capacity of the skin to hold moisture and rehydrate.


Sodium PCA

Skin-restoring, Skin-identical, humectant
Attracts water to the skin and improves skin barrier function.


Creatine

Skin-restoring
It improves skin cell turnover and increases elasticity.


Glucosamine

Skin-replenishing
Stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid, and improves skin hydration.


Hyaluronic Acid

Skin-restoring, humectant
Attracts water to the skin and improves skin barrier function.


Squalane

Skin-identical
It creates a barrier between the skin and the environment so the skin can retain moisture.

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The thing is, it’s pretty important to know when your skin barrier isn’t in tip-top shape because if it’s not, your skin is more prone to getting damaged. This is why Natural Moisturizer Factors are not the only ingredients we need to focus on. We also need to ensure we regularly use niacinamide, retinol, dimethicones, and sunscreen to ensure a high level of protection. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Try Faraç Beauty’s Velvet-Nourish & Protect Face Cream ($38) loaded with Natural Moisturizer Factors to get your skin happy again.




Niacinamide

Skin-restoring
Improves the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, redness.


Retinol

Skin-restoring
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.


Dimethicone

Emollient
Forms a permeable barrier and imparts a silky feel to the skin.


Sunscreen

UV filter
Forms a thin layer of film to protect your skin from UV rays.