Skin Barrier.

The skin Barrier is the outermost layer of the skin.

After the age of 40, the amount of lipids decreases significantly, which explains dry skin as we age.

What is the skin barrier (or Stratum Corneum)

The structure of SC is like a brick wall, in which the corneocytes or bricks are surrounded by the inter-cellular lipid lamellae that act like the mortar to maintain both SC integrity and skin permeability barrier [].

Dr. Peter M. Elias of the University of California, San Francisco coined the concept of the barrier and epidermal biology.

He talks about the brick and mortar concept:

  • The bricks are the dead, dried out, ready to shed cells.
  • The mortar is the lipid cement holding the bricks together.

The barrier is highly impermeable, designed to prevent loss of water and entrance of harmful irritants and microorganisms.

Clinically, chronological and environmentally-influenced aging show skin changes including thinning, loss of elasticity, roughness, wrinkling, increased dryness, and impairment of the barrier. That is why the use of a face moisturizer is so important.

After the age of 40, the amount of lipids decreases significantly, which explains dry skin as we age.

What are the symptoms of a compromised skin barrier?

Many people say they have a sensitive skin when the true is they have a weak barrier from years of using badly formulated products with harsh alcohol or pure (non-diluted) essentials oils.

Very often, the symptoms of a broken barrier will manifest by showing inflammation, patchy, flaky skin.

Your skin will also become more prone to potential irritants and pollutants such as dust and dirt causing itching, flaking and redness.

You might also have an oily skin as a dehydrated skin will try to balance itself by over-producing sebum. This might initiate more breakouts.

you might also get rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and acne.

What can I do to repair it?

First of all stop using too many products. Combine product overuse with environmental assaults and you have a recipe for a barrier disaster.

Our plant-based face oil ingredients have many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the skin, and may help healing and repair the barrier.

You need to replace the lost lipids (skin’s natural fat) by barrier repair ingredients such as fatty acids, contained in our skin serum.