When it comes to getting super soft, supple skin and achieving a healthy head-to-toe glow, it turns out that maintaining the skin barrier is key. The top layers of our skin work hard to protect us and keep us hydrated inside and out, but a number of factors, from environmental aggressors to overexfoliating, can wreak havoc. Signs of damage (from dark spots and pimples to dullness and itchiness) can start to show up fast. That’s why it’s so important to take good care of the skin barrier with nourishing ingredients that are known to keep skin smooth and radiant.
What is the skin barrier?
The skin is made up of multiple layers. The outermost layer is the stratum corneum, which acts as a barrier: It’s made up of skin cells held together by lipids that contain fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. Think of it as a brick wall—it shields the other layers of your skin from external stressors, like UV rays and pollution, while retaining water in the body, keeping you hydrated. A crucial part of this barrier is the skin microbiome, a system of healthy micro-organisms (a.k.a. good bacteria) that protect against pathogens and other bad bacteria. The skin barrier is constantly working to deliver vital nutrients to and protect the inner layers of skin, which is why it’s so important to make sure it’s well taken care of—especially since it covers the entire body, not just the face.
How to tell if the skin barrier is damaged
There are a number of different circumstances that can affect the health of the skin barrier on a daily basis. Environmental factors such as allergens, pollutants and dry or humid air can mess with the function of the microbiome and skin barrier. Even genetics can play a role since they can increase susceptibility to skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Other lifestyle factors can also affect the health of the skin barrier, including using harsh soaps or detergents, smoking, a lack of sleep and high stress. If the skin barrier isn’t functioning the way it should be, signs will quickly start to appear. Watch for acne, dry or rough patches, premature wrinkles, discoloration, inflammation and itchiness. If you’re struggling with irritated skin, it’s time to look for a healing solution.
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Dry, thirsty skin always craves a major boost of hydration, but when you’re dealing with sensitive skin, it can be tricky to find the right skin barrier cream. Sensitive skin products are a good place to start, but regardless of your skin type, it’s important to look for soothing, healing ingredients.
The shea butter in La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 works to reconstitute the hydrolipidic film (the light, protective film that covers our skin), repairing the skin barrier. Cicaplast Baume B5 is a healing, soothing balm that also contains madecassoside, an ingredient that’s known for strengthening skin and helping to reduce itchiness. Meanwhile, the zinc contained in the formula reduces oil production while providing anti-inflammatory benefits, further supporting the skin barrier and microbiome.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is super gentle and hypoallergenic, too, which means even the driest, irritated, most sensitive skin can benefit from its reparative ingredients. Whether you’ve got super dry lips, a thirsty complexion or rough, cracked heels, this balm can help. It provides 48 hours of moisture, and you’ll notice a visible improvement as skin bounces back to its prime, healthy state. It’s the one skin-soothing product you should always keep in your purse or suitcase—even on camping trips.
Unlike other skin balms, the formula absorbs fast, thanks to Cicaplast Baume B5’s invisible texture. It won’t leave a sticky or oily finish—so no slippery hands, which means you can get right back to your daily routine, whether you’re doing your makeup or hosting a virtual meeting.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 soothes skin, making it feel much more comfortable. (So you can say goodbye to that tight, dry feeling.) It also reduces redness caused by dryness, a common annoyance that comes with irritated skin. The balm can be generously applied as needed. (It’s recommended that you use it at least twice a day, but feel free to apply it every hour!) Just be sure to avoid the eye-contour area. A couple more quick tips to help support the skin barrier: Always avoid harsh soaps (look for a soap-free cleanser), and pat skin dry instead of rubbing.