One of the secrets to healthy, glowing skin is a strong skin barrier. Having a well-functioning outer layer means that our skin is being guarded against infections, breakouts and dull, unhealthy appearances.
To learn more about this shield, we turned to Dr. Hanhushar Gunasagaran, an aesthetic doctor and co-founder of TheoryBox, to break down the importance of skin barrier defense. TheoryBox is a clinical brand of skincare designed and developed to help people of all ages to achieve happier, healthier skin.
What is the skin barrier?
“The skin is made up of layers that protect your body from harmful environmental toxins and pathogens that can penetrate your skin and create problems. The outermost layer, often called the skin barrier, is made up of skin cells that are bound together with lipids. In order to function properly, the skin barrier needs to be in good health as it protects you from external stressors, and also locks water in your body.”
What weakens the skin barrier?
“The skin barrier can weaken as a result of over-exfoliating, harsh chemicals and alcohol-based products, and pollution and environmental toxins. Other causes include excessive UV exposure, genetics, aging, and certain skin diseases.”
How to strengthen the skin barrier?
“To strengthen the skin barrier, avoid the triggers mentioned above.
We have two masks that can help:
- Antioxidant Biocellulose Mask – Contains a combination of 10 powerful antioxidants to protect the skin from UV damage and reduces free radical damage.
- Skin Booster Graphene Sheet Mask – Consists of ingredients like apple stem cells that promote the regeneration of new cells to strengthen and nourish the skin barrier, along with moisturising and hydrating ingredients.”
You can shop TheoryBox’s skincare products here.