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How to Improve A Damaged Skin Barrier with K-Beauty

by Haruka Jifuku 08 Jan 2024 0 Comments

How to Improve A Damaged Skin Barrier with K-Beauty

How to Improve A Damaged Skin Barrier with K-Beauty

If you've noticed increased skin sensitivity and breakouts despite diligently following your favourite skincare routines, it could be a signal that your skin barrier is in distress and sending out an SOS! Dealing with unexpected skin troubles can be both frustrating and disheartening, but don’t worry. We're here to guide you on a journey to rescue your skin barrier using effective and cherished K-beauty products. In this guide, we'll delve into understanding what causes skin barrier damage, and provide you with our top skincare tips to enhance your skin condition and restore that radiant, clear glow. Let's embark on the path to healthier, happier skin together!

What is the Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier, also known as the stratum corneum, is the outermost layer of the skin. It serves as a protective barrier between the body and the external environment. The skin barrier is crucial for maintaining hydration, preventing the entry of harmful microorganisms, and protecting against environmental stressors.

If your skin barrier is damaged, you may realise some changes to the skin condition, such as increased sensitivity, redness, dryness, and flakiness. It can manifest as a feeling of tightness on the skin, increased susceptibility to irritation, and the appearance of fine lines or cracks. If the skin barrier is compromised, it may also lead to an escalation of skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

Why Can the Skin Barrier be Damaged?

  • Excessive Cleansing

Over-cleansing or using harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and a compromised barrier.

  • Environmental Factors

Exposure to harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold or hot temperatures, as well as pollution, can weaken the skin barrier.

  • Age

The ageing process can result in a thinner epidermis, making the skin more susceptible to damage.

  • Over Exfoliation

Using exfoliating products too frequently can disrupt the balance of the skin and compromise its protective barrier.

  • Harsh Skincare Ingredients

Some skincare ingredients, like certain acids or alcohols, can be too harsh for the skin and contribute to barrier damage.

How to Repair and Maintain a Healthy Skin Barrier

  • Gentle Cleansing

Use a mild, hydrating cleanser to cleanse the skin without stripping away its natural oils. Avoid hot water and opt for lukewarm temperatures and pat the skin dry instead of rubbing.

BEAUTY OF JOSEON Ginseng Cleansing Oil (210ml) - £19.95

BEAUTY OF JOSEON Ginseng Cleansing Oil (210ml)

Crafted with 50% Soybean Oil, BEAUTY OF JOSEON Ginseng Cleansing Oil effectively removes dirt, sebum, and makeup with its light yet efficient texture. Utilising Micellar Cleansing Technology, the oil's water and oil particles act like a magnet, attracting and absorbing residues while deeply moisturising the skin.

MIXSOON Centella Cleansing Foam (150ml) - £16.00

MIXSOON Centella Cleansing Foam (150ml)

MIXSOON Centella Cleansing Foam provides deep cleansing without compromising the skin's pH balance, offering a thorough cleanse without irritation. Infused with Basil and Neem Extracts, it shields the skin, minimising breakouts and preventing collagen degradation.

  • Moisturise with Repairing Ingredients

Incorporate a moisturiser enriched with reparative elements such as Ceramides, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), and Niacinamide into both your morning and evening skincare routine. If your skin continues to feel dry and tight, consider introducing additional hydrating products like toner, essence, and serum to layer on extra moisture.

ETUDE HOUSE Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream (60ml) - £19.95

ETUDE HOUSE Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream (60ml)

ETUDE HOUSE Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream is a top-selling hypoallergenic cream, formulated with 93% naturally derived ingredients. Key ingredients like Panthenol, Madecassoside, Green Tea Extract, and Sunflower Seed Oil repair, nourish, soothe, and maintain skin softness.

AXIS-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule (30ml) - £20.00

AXIS-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule (30ml)

Struggling with a compromised skin barrier? Try AXIS-Y Artichoke Intensive Skin Barrier Ampoule, a lightweight, reparative ampoule which is packed with antioxidants and nutrients swiftly absorbed into the skin's deep layers, promoting healing. Containing Phytonutrients to block bacteria and irritants, it prevents future breakouts and inflammation, making it ideal for all skin types, especially those addressing uneven texture, irritation, and dryness.

  • Stop Exfoliation

During periods of skin sensitivity and irritation, avoid exfoliation to prevent additional irritation or skin issues until your skin regains firmness and stability. 

  • Sun Protection

Use sunscreen daily to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, which can contribute to barrier damage.

AXIS-Y Complete No-Stress Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ (50ml) - £16.50

AXIS-Y Complete No-Stress Physical Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ (50ml)

AXIS-Y Complete No-Stress Physical Sunscreen, a cherished K-Beauty mineral sunscreen, provides effective protection against UVA and UVB rays. Enriched with Mugwort Extract, Squalane, and 2% Niacinamide, it not only guards but also delivers brightening, healing, and anti-ageing benefits. This allergen-free and fragrance-free formula is ideal for sensitive skin, making it a safe choice during pregnancy and suitable for kids.

  • Balanced Diet and Stay Hydrated

Maintain a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids to support overall skin health. Drinking an adequate amount of water is also important to keep the skin hydrated.

  • Limit Hot Baths

Avoid prolonged exposure to hot water and use lukewarm water that is comfortable to the touch, but not excessively hot. This helps to avoid removing the skin's natural oils and moisture.

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