Skin care products, environmental factors, and our lifestyle can affect the quality of our skin.
These potential triggers can cause itchiness, redness, dry skin, stinging, and breakouts. Very often, the skin can react that way due to a damaged skin barrier. The skin barrier (epidermis) is the outermost layer of cells on the skin and is the layer in contact with the outside world. Its role is to keep the skin hydrated and protect our skin from bacteria, chemicals, and other external aggressors. A compromised barrier will be visible in the appearance and reactivity of your skin. Therefore, strengthening and maintaining your skin barrier should be top priority. Here are some ingredients to look for to make your life just a little easier!:)
Ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in the top layers of our skin. If your skin is low on ceramides, it can lead to dryness, irritation, and can worsen acne and eczema! Incorporating them into your routine can help bind the skin cells to create a hydrated and strong barrier, making it ideal for dry, peeling skin, and even eczema!
Mugwort, or artemisia, is a type of plant with the ability to protect your sensitive skin thanks to its richness in Vitamin E and antioxidants. Mugwort also contains anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties, making it an excellent ingredient to incorporate if you struggle with breakouts or fungal acne. It's even soothing enough to treat psoriasis.
Centella Asiatica, also known as cica, is a type of herb rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, fatty acids, flavonoids, and amino acids! All these qualities of centella promote wound healing, stimulate collagen production, and bolster your skin barrier. It can be very helpful in managing rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions.
An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich ingredient, aloe can improve your skin’s ability to guard off against environmental triggers. It can stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid and has a natural content of salicylic acid, making it ideal for dry and acne-prone skin types. It can also prompt the skin to heal faster from blemishes due to its ability to stimulate cell growth!
Galactomyces is a type of fungi. It may sound counterintuitive, but when fermented, its liquid is full of goodies such as vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. It can improve the skin’s resilience and slow down signs of aging. It can further improve the appearance of skin by rejuvenating dull skin, lessening acne lesions, and minimizing pores.
ALL IN ALL...
If you follow a consistent and minimal skin care routine with ingredients that make your skin more resilient, I guarantee you’ll see improvements in your reactivity levels. However, it is important to note that no ingredient ever is exempt from potentially causing a skin reaction. Therefore, we encourage you to set yourself up for success and come into our store to try out our testers. A great option is our Subscription Sets, where you curate a 3-step regimen of products you are interested in and can try them on your skin for two weeks or more. Click here to learn more and design yours today!