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How to Love Your Skin Barrier

It’s Brianna again from Beauty at the Lake.

Today, we’re going to talk about the skin barrier.

The skin barrier is the outermost part of your skin that has to deal with all the trouble you put it through, basically. So, all of the environmental factors, whether that be pollution, icky water, chemical products, free radicals, the sun, all that stuff, the skin barrier is 100% in charge of that.

We have to take care of it, because if we don’t have that external defense then we kind of don’t have anything.

The skin is the most important largest organ that keeps us literally together so we need to take care of it back.

I’m going to tell you signs that you may need to work on your skin barrier or that it may be having some issues as well as things that we can do to prevent the decaying of it while excelling the defense of it.


A lot of times this is shown with acne.

This is shown with couperose skin, fine lines can even be part of it… The skin breaks down in forms of eczema, rosacea, redness, lots of information, a tenderness to touch… things like that. All of these are signs that your skin barrier needs help.

And this is so common in today’s world because we are constantly being thrown chemical this, chemical that, retinol, retinol, retinol, just very harsh chemicals constantly without giving back to the skin.

One of the lead principals I practice with is, if I take away from the skin I have to be giving back, if not be giving back double.

Because we live in a society where we are constantly tearing apart our skin because we try to get to the root of these issues that we’re having, but we constantly forget how important our skin is and how important it is to be kind back to it.


Some tips on how to help your skin barrier either repair or prevent it from having those issues in the first place:

  1. We cannot preach enough: your sunscreen usage. We have to use sunscreen. The stronger the better. There are tons. If you need any recommendations, we carry sunscreen. We can give you some other options that are as financially sound as they need to be. But, we have to start wearing sunscreen. 90% of aging is the sun. It will reflect directly on your skin, especially the skin on your face because it’s never fully protected unless you’re wearing hats all the time and wearing your sunscreen. Nine times out of 10 that’s gonna be our first kicker.

  2. Hydration, internally. You need to keep your water up, because another function of the skin barrier is to protect the water we have inside us, and we had to keep that replenished constantly while maintaining the skin barrier. That way we’re equalizing our skin and it’s pH and all of that good stuff. And keeping ourselves protected and keeping that water inside her skin like it needs to be.

  3. Something that we preach a lot about here at Beauty at the Lake is using gentle facial cleansers. There’s a huge market of the morning bursting beads and the apricot scrubs that are super abrasive. But, when you think about it, it’s actually really logical that those things are probably doing more damage than good because there are little particles that are getting into your skin and creating little micro tears and everything. And not only is that breaking your skin barrier but that’s opening yourself up to bacteria so that acne can flourish. So, we need to make sure we are using something super, super gentle, that we’re not using crazy hot water and were using soft towels and very skin friendly pillowcases and sheets. Things like that are just going to help our skin feel more luxurious and less taken advantage of and dehydrated.

So, overall the consensus is … be kind to your skin. We have to keep in mind, we cannot lose sight of the fact that our skin is literally what’s holding us together. And if we treat it poorly and we take away from it over and over again, it’s no surprise that we see a rapid decay in the way that we look.

We’re going to be the society of the most age people if we do not start to take care of our skin and treat it properly and not get carried away with all the chemicals in the hubbub and the next TickTock trends and all of those things ... though there is a lot of information to be learned we need to make sure that we’re not just being negative toward it.

We should cherish it and love it and cultivate it and give it the nutrition that it needs so that it can continue to protect us from our environments of the things we are constantly putting it through.

That’s something that we try to preach, constantly. And that’s something that I try to accomplish in every facial. I never wanna take away more than I give back to it.

So, just keep that in mind. As long as you have that mentality, it’s going to work out. Your aging will be better and your skin barrier will replenish and you’ll be ok.

So, I hope you guys like this message and that you learn something from it. :)

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