The importance of skin barrier repair for over 40s

Posted by Emma Peradon on

As we age, the skin undergoes various changes such as reduced elasticity, thinning, and decreased oil production. This leads to a weaker skin barrier, making the skin more vulnerable to environmental stressors such as pollution, UV radiation, and harsh chemicals. It’s therefore crucial to repair and maintain the skin barrier - which is our first line of defence against these external factors - to prevent skin damage, dehydration, and premature aging.

The skin barrier is composed of lipids, including ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, which form a protective layer on the outermost layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum. This layer helps to retain moisture and nutrients, while preventing harmful substances from penetrating the skin. However, as we age, the production of these lipids decreases, causing a breakdown of the skin barrier. Repairing the skin barrier can be achieved through several measures, such as using gentle and hydrating skincare products, avoiding harsh chemicals, and protecting the skin from the sun.

Hydration is especially important, as it helps to replenish moisture and support the skin barrier's function.

Another way to support skin barrier repair is to incorporate ingredients that help
strengthen the skin barrier.

Ceramides, for example, are naturally occurring lipids that help to maintain the skin's moisture levels and protect against environmental stressors. Oats have them in abundance and oat lipids can help to replace our lost ceramides, reinforcing our skin’s barrier.

A strong, healthy barrier also prevents bacteria, pollutants and environmental aggressors getting through the barrier. If you struggle with breakouts, pigmentation or dryness, replacing these lost ceramides is key.

Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, is another ingredient that can help to improve the skin's barrier function by reducing water loss and inflammation.

In addition to topical products, lifestyle factors can also impact the health of the skin barrier. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management can all contribute to maintaining healthy skin. Getting enough sleep is also crucial, as the skin repairs itself during sleep and a lack of sleep can impair the skin's barrier function.

In conclusion, as people age, maintaining a healthy skin barrier becomes increasingly important for overall skin health. Using gentle and hydrating skincare products, incorporating ingredients that support skin barrier function, and adopting a healthy lifestyle can all help to repair and maintain the skin barrier, resulting in healthier, more youthful-looking skin.

That's why we wanted to formulate a product that contained all-natural alternative to help nourish and repair the skin barrier. Our Tri-Balm is made from 100% natural oils because oils are incredibly effective skin hydrators and softeners. Don't take our word for it. Hear it from our loyal community of Tri-Balm lovers!

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