Introducing the first of our Monday mantra series: gentle care, strong barrier

Introducing our Monday mantra series — where each Monday, we will set out some key guiding principles in caring for your skin.

The first of our mantras? Gentle care, strong barrier. 

We are big believers in the importance of maintaining a healthy skin barrier through gentle skincare practices. Here's why you should care about strengthening your skin barrier… 

  • A strong skin barrier acts as a shield, protecting the skin from pollution, UV light etc. 
  • The skin barrier helps to lock in moisture, preventing dehydration and leading to smoother, more supple skin.
  • A compromised skin barrier is more prone to irritation and sensitivity, leading to issues such as redness, inflammation, and discomfort.
  • A healthy skin barrier allows skincare products to penetrate more effectively, maximising the benefits to your skin.

You can strengthen your skin barrier by… 

  • Avoiding harsh cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers that effectively cleanse the skin without compromising its barrier function.
  • Moisturise your skin regularly, and ideally with a moisturiser that contains fatty acids, which help to repair and strengthen the barrier.
  • No advice about skin barrier repair is complete without the obligatory reminder to wear suncream daily (minimum factor 30)! UV radiation can weaken the skin barrier over time. 
  • Avoid over-exfoliating the skin - a couple of times a week is usually sufficient. 
  • Consider using nourishing products with barrier-repairing ingredients - such as our signature Skin Perfecting Oil. 

Do you consider skin barrier repair when thinking about your skincare routine?