Why A Healthy Skin Barrier Is Important
Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is important because it helps to protect your skin from damage and keep it looking and feeling healthy.
Your skin barrier is a protective layer that sits on the surface of your skin and helps to keep moisture in and harmful substances out. When your skin barrier is compromised, either due to damage or natural aging, your skin can become dry, irritated, and prone to developing issues like acne, eczema, or infections. A weakened skin barrier can also make your skin more susceptible to environmental stressors like UV rays, pollution, and harsh weather conditions.
By maintaining a healthy skin barrier, you can help your skin stay moisturized, resilient, and better able to defend itself against external stressors. This can lead to smoother, more even-toned skin that looks and feels healthier overall.
Taking steps to protect and strengthen your skin barrier can involve things like using gentle skin care products, avoiding fragrances, and staying hydrated.
For a personalized plan, schedule an appointment with Skin Care by Alison.
Nutrition for a Healthy Barrier
Here at Skin Care by Alison we talk about healthy skin from the inside out (your nutrition, gut microbiome, and stress management) and from the outside in (all the products you apply to your skin).
Nutrition can play an important role in maintaining healthy skin. Here are some nutritional steps you can take to support your skin health:
Eat a balanced diet: A balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy skin. Eating a diet that’s high in processed foods and sugar, on the other hand, can contribute to inflammation and other skin issues.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy. How much should you drink? Your current weight divided by 3 equals the number of ounces to drink for optimal health.
Also consider incorporating hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber, and celery into your diet.
Get enough vitamin C: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays and other environmental stressors. It’s also involved in collagen production, which is important for maintaining skin elasticity. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, and bell peppers.
Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining healthy skin cell membranes, which help to keep your skin moisturized and protected. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel, as well as chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts.
Consider taking a supplement: If you’re not able to get all the nutrients your skin needs from your diet, you may want to consider taking a supplement. Look for supplements that contain vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants that can support skin health.
Remember, healthy skin is not just about what you eat, but also how you care for your skin externally. Make sure to follow a skincare routine suited to your skin type and any conditions you’re wishing to treat. If you are tired of confusing media messages about the products that will help you best, schedule an appointment with Skin Care by Alison where we cut through the noise and provide a home care plan specifically for you.
Signs of a Compromised Skin Barrier Include:
• Dry, itchy, or flaky skin
• Redness or inflammation
• Acne or breakouts
• Sensitivity or irritation
• Increased sun sensitivity
To Fix Your Barrier, You Can:
- Use gentle cleansers suited to your skin type
- Avoid over-exfoliating
- Incorporate moisturizers with ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or glycerin to hydrate the skin
- Protect the skin from the sun with SPF 30
- Avoid using harsh products or chemicals on the skin
- Consider incorporating products with antioxidants or anti-inflammatory ingredients to help calm and heal the skin
- Schedule an appointment with Skin Care by Alison for a personalized plan.