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Skin Barrier: What Is It and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

BY Katie Pierce | PUBLISHED ON March 21, 2022

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There have been a lot of articles circulating lately about the importance of maintaining a healthy skin barrier. According to experts, not only does the skin barrier keep skin irritants away, but it also helps trap moisture and oils in the skin.

Today, we take a closer look at the skin barrier, what it is, and why everyone is talking about it. Keep scrolling to learn more.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it’s made of several layers that serve different functions. In charge of keeping the skin from harmful pathogens and toxins, the skin barrier is also called the “stratum corneum” or the topmost part of the skin. Under a microscope, the skin barrier appears to look like a brick wall. Inside each “brick” are keratin and natural moisturizers that give the skin a beautiful and natural glow.

Apart from keeping your body safe from harmful infections, the skin barrier is also responsible for maintaining healthy moisture levels in your skin. They trap water inside your body, keeping it hydrated, soft and healthy.

What causes skin barrier damage?

Skin barrier damage can be caused by several factors. Most of these factors are external; however, there are a couple that can be attributed to internal causes.

External factors

  • An environment that’s too humid or dry
  • Pollutants, allergens, and other irritants
  • Excessive exposure to sun/UV rays
  • Harsh soaps and detergents
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals and substances

Internal factors

  • Psychological distress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
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How do you maintain a healthy skin barrier?

The first step to maintaining a healthy skin barrier is to establish a good skincare routine. A healthy and consistent skincare regimen won’t only help you address dry skin, but will also help you avoid skin issues as you age.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Less is more

Your skin doesn’t require a ton of products to stay healthy and hydrated. In fact, using too many products may cause your skin barrier to weaken without you even knowing. When deciding which products are essential and which are not, talk to a skincare professional or dermatologist. They can help you find the best solution fit for your specific situation.

Look for multi-purpose products to make your regime easier to manage. Our Amrutini Luminosity Dewdrops Serum is formulated with Muga Silk, Silver Tips Imperial Tea, and Hyaluronic Acid among other potent ingredients. Muga silk heals and strengthens the skin Silver Tips Imperial tea has many antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin intensely. Additionally, it comes with copper-crusted silk cocoons that help exfoliate your skin gently but effectively.

Take it easy

Tugging, rubbing, or pulling on your skin can very easily break the skin barrier. This is especially true if you’re caring for sensitive skin. It’s best to take it easy on your skin and be gentle when you’re applying skincare products. Other tips to keep in mind:

  • Pat (not wipe/rub) your skin dry after showers
  • Use a gentle cleanser or soap when taking a bath
  • Avoid hot and long showers
  • Avoid scratching your skin too intensely

Don’t skip the moisturizer

Moisturizing daily is an important part of a healthy skincare routine. Not only does the right moisturizer help retain water in the skin barrier, but it also helps keep the skin soft, smooth, and elastic. Experts recommend putting on moisturizer after taking a bath or shower while the skin is still damp.

Our Amrutini® Precious Potion is a luscious, soft textured vital cream that melts into skin - leaving it visibly glowing. It is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It has been featured in many publications like Byrdie, InStyle, Women’s Health and more recently was included in Vogue’s edit of products that can help heal your skin barrier.

Eat a healthy and balanced diet

What you put into your body will reflect on the outside as well. According to research, a nutritious diet filled with whole foods, healthy fats, and antioxidants can help keep your skin looking its best. It can also help maintain skin elasticity, giving you a healthier and younger appearance.

You should have a healthy portion of the following foods in your diet:

  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Beans, peas, and lentils
  • Nuts
  • Salmon and other fatty fish
  • Other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables

Final thoughts

The skin barrier is responsible for a lot of things, from keeping the skin infection-free to keeping it hydrated and healthy. Responsible and consistent skincare can help preserve the skin barrier and its functions. Furthermore, it can also prevent skin issues such as dry skin, acne, rashes, and much more

Whether your skin’s barrier is healthy or damaged, it is important to keep it nourished by using strengthening and healing ingredients like Muga Silk, Ashwagandha, Vegan Ghee, Hyaluronic Acid among others. High-performance products will ensure your skin reaps the benefits of the potent ingredients. For example your skincare routine could look like -

Incorporating such skin-loving actives in your skincare routine will help you maintain a healthy skin barrier - making your skin smoother, softer and youthful-looking.

Curious to learn more about how to heal and strengthen your skin barrier? Discover Amrutini® Rituals and learn more about this powerful skincare line.

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The Amrutini® collection consists of:
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