Your skin is made up of multiple layers. Each layer is unique in terms of how it functions in protecting your body. The outermost layer, the stratum corneum, is often described as a brick wall. This is because it is made up of tough skin cells bound together by mortar-like lipids. Together, these cells form your skin barrier. Keratin and natural moisturizers can be found inside the skin cells. Protecting and repairing your skin barrier is important because a highly functioning and healthy skin barrier will ultimately allow topical products and ingredients to more effectively treat and maintain the skin. Additionally, a healthy skin barrier will better retain moisture, as well as prevent the entrance of harmful microorganisms. Multiple things can contribute to our skin barrier’s optimal function, such as environmental changes, the products and ingredients we use, and our diet.
What can damage your skin? Your skin barrier can be damaged by a number of internal and external factors. These factors include an environment that’s either too humid or too dry, too much sun exposure, exposure to harsh chemicals, over-exfoliation or over-washing, psychological distress, and genetic factors that may make you more prone to certain skin conditions. If your skin barrier is damaged, you may tend to experience redness, irritation, breakouts, dryness, and even tightness.
Luckily, there are numerous steps you can take to begin repairing your skin barrier. One of the best ways to ensure that your skin is healthy is to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. In addition to this, Dr. Hakimian recommends avoiding harsh cleansers, staying out of harsh sunlight, trying to not exfoliate with granular scrubs and brushes, and employing a topical regime that contains ingredients that protect, repair, and maintain the skin barrier.
In order to begin repairing your skin’s barrier, Dr. Hakimian highly recommends incorporating hyaluronic acid, ceramides and topical antioxidants like vitamin C and E into your skincare regimen. Laser Touch Medical Clinic offers multiple skincare products to help you achieve healthy glowing skin. Our Flawless HA Serum is formulated with hyaluronic acid and our proprietary Trans-Epidermal Carrier to provide superior hydrating abilities. If you’re looking for a moisturizer, our signature Ageless Peptide Treatment Cream is rich not only in ceramides, but also in peptides and Vitamin E. These skin-restoring agents are formulated to fight against signs of aging and hydrate dry skin, restoring a youthful healthy glow.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to discuss any of our products or facial procedures with you. Please call us at 1-888-LASER-15 (1-888-527-3715) to schedule an appointment at any of our five Laser Touch Medical Clinics or schedule an appointment online.