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The Best Barrier-Boosting Ingredients

You might not be able to see it, but your skin barrier is the most important part of the skin. It helps to battle everything from redness and irritation to dry patches and acne, and, a lot of the time, many of us don’t realise that a depleted skin barrier is usually the root of our skin concerns which is why it’s important to keep it strong and healthy. Here are a few of the best barrier-boosting ingredients to improve your skin’s health and appearance…

Ceramides

Found in Paula’s Choice CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser

Ceramides are lipids that occur naturally in our skin and make up over 50% of the skin barrier, so they play a pretty important role when it comes to protecting your skin against environmental damage and premature signs of ageing. Without the proper ratio of Ceramides, the skin barrier can become compromised which can lead to dryness and irritation. Although our skin produces Ceramides naturally, they can become depleted by exposure to hot water, soaps and other environmental factors, so replenishing these will help to restore the skin barrier which, in turn, will increase moisture levels for a healthier-feeling complexion.

Squalene 

Found in ZENii Stem Cell Renewal Cream 

Like Ceramides, we are all born with Squalene in our skin. It is produced by the sebaceous glands and binds itself to the moisture found in sweat to form a seal over the outer layer of the skin. This layer helps to trap long lasting hydration into our complexions while improving the skin barrier’s ability to filter out harmful environmental aggressors and bacteria. 

Omega Fatty Acids

Found in Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion

Essential to our overall health, fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9, can provide impressive benefits when applied topically to the skin, especially when it comes to our epidermal barrier. They serve as essential building blocks on the skin’s surface to seal any gaps in the top layer of the skin to reinforce the barrier’s protective benefits. This not only creates a smoother, more even and youthful-looking complexion, but helps to heal the skin and prevent everyday damage. 

Niacinamide

Found in SKINCITY skincare 24H Rich Emulsion

Also known as Vitamin B3, this water-soluble vitamin works with the natural substances produced by the skin to strengthen a weakened barrier and improve uneven tone. It works hard to reduce the impact of environmental damage by improving skin barrier function, while helping the cells to repair any past damage, making this a popular ingredient in serums and moisturising creams. 

Panthenol

Found in Dermaceutic Panthenol Ceutic

Panthenol is a substance that our bodies convert into Provitamin B5 when applied topically to the skin. It can penetrate deeply into the lower layers to provide water to the cells and help them retain moisture for long periods of time. Along with this, Panthenol helps to stimulate the cells that boost skin barrier function to keep it strong, intact and healthy.

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