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How to Repair a Damaged Skin Barrier: 6 Easy Tips

Summer travel can be the highlight of the season, with vacation photos destined to a special place on your shelf of memories. Unfortunately, the sunshine, saltwater, and hot, dry weather that makes your heart glow can sometimes have the opposite effect on your skin. UV rays, dry air, and environmental stressors can all damage skin barrier causing redness, rough skin and making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Fortunately, the secret to repairing your skin barrier is fairly simple: moisture. Our skin barrier is made of a thin layer of actively shedding skin cells held together with beneficial lipids and ceramides. It seals in hydration so that it can’t evaporate into the environment, causing dehydration. (Yes, this is actually a thing!)  By replenishing hydration and locking it in with moisture, you can strengthen and repair your moisture barrier for smooth, calm, luminous skin.

Here are 5 easy tops to repair a damaged skin barrier.

1. Seek out Squalane

SqualEne is a key ingredient of your body’s natural moisturizing factor, helping bind together your moisture barrier while plumping and smoothing skin. Our natural squalEne production peaks decreases as we age, which is one of the reasons our skin looks less plump as time goes by. Our sugarcane-derived squalAne is bioidentical to your body’s natural moisture, suitable for every skin type and the purest, most effective form of vegan squalane. That’s why we use it in every product we create.

Most importantly, squalane helps repair and restore a healthy skin barrier, penetrating deeper than other moisturizing oils to deliver lasting moisture and visibly plumping skin.

Support your skin barrier from head to toe with our pure, weightless 100% Squalane Oil. This instantly absorbing non-comedogenic hydrating oil bathes your body in soothing moisture from head to toe. Use it wherever and whenever your moisture barrier needs a little love including your scalp, face, and body.

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2. Skip the Scrub

Dry, flaky skin can often inspire you to reach for your favorite scrub. This can result in additional irritation if you’re suffering from a damaged moisture barrier due to a sunburn, exposure to environmental stressors, or a change in climate. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser with soothing ingredients such as our Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser. Its powerful amino acid complex digs deep into pores to cleanse skin of dirt and makeup without disrupting the moisture barrier. Meanwhile aloe vera leaf juice soothes irritation while sugarcane squalane helps these clinically proven actives work harder.

3. Give Undereyes Extra TLC

Your skin is thinnest underneath your eyes, making this area even more vulnerable to dehydration. Prevent visible signs of dehydration – such as fine lines and wrinkles – by using a rich, fast-absorbing eye cream such as our Marine Algae Eye Cream. Our award-winning eye cream uses marine algae peptides, paracress extract, and our superhero squalane to reduce the looks of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering deep hydration. It also melts into skin, ensuring flawless makeup application.

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4. Quench Dehydrated Skin

Sunshine does not mix with skincare actives that increase cell turnover – such as exfoliating acids. Not only should you always use these potent ingredients at night, it’s a good idea to avoid them completely if you’re feeling the effects of UV exposure, or if your skin is feeling sensitive due to dry air in flight or at your destination. If you don’t, you risk sloughing off more of your moisture barrier, revealing vulnerable, immature skin cells that quickly become even more irritated. Instead, reach for a treatment product that rejuvenates by replenishing hydration such as our Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum.

Fans of our bestselling serum call it “nature’s Botox”  for its ability to instantly plump and quench thanks in part to the water-binding properties of ectoin. We’ve paired this powerful, protective hydrator with muti-hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid to deliver, long-lasting hydration alongside dramatically visible improvement in fine lines and wrinkles thanks to copper peptides.

5. Lock in Nourishing Moisture

Along with squalene, ceramides are a crucial component of your skin barrier, locking in moisture and helping to glue skin cells together to support a strong barrier.

Our Omega Repair Cream contains ceramides as well as plumping, hydrating omega fatty acids to repair and restore your skin’s protective layer while hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps. Its innovative whipped texture melts into skin, leaving it noticeably firm, smooth, and luminous.

6. Protect Against Future Damage

Your skin barrier is your body’s first line of defense against UV radiation emitted by the sun. But sun exposure poses a double threat to skin by compromising the skin barrier, which makes your body even more vulnerable.

A hydrating broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 is therefore essential to protecting your skin barrier and your overall health. Our Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen provides powerful protection against UVA and UVB rays using natural zinc oxide. Meanwhile ectoin and squalane deeply hydrate and moisturize as the sunblock’s fast-absorbing cream texture invisibly melts into skin leaving no white cast.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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