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How To Reverse Your Damaged Skin Barrier In 4 Steps

Everything considered, it can be said that your skin health depends on a robust skin barrier. A compromised one is rendered defenceless against environmental factors, sun damage and preventing premature signs of ageing. Also called ‘epidermis’ in the world of dermatology, it acts as a physical barrier and works towards preventing water loss. If you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, it is a tell-tale of a damaged skin barrier.

In This Article:

Signs Of Skin Damage

Causes Of Skin Damage

Signs Of Skin Damage

The biggest hit your skin takes is losing its ability to retain moisture. So it can look ashy, flaky or feel tight within hours of moisturising. The texture might feel rough and bumpy and your skin can appear redder or darker than usual. Along with these, there’s a chance that your skin will experience heightened sensitivity, causing a stinging sensation while applying skincare products.

Causes Of Skin Damage 

Along with environmental factors, ageing and an unhealthy sleep routine, below factors could be the culprits behind a compromised skin barrier.

1. Extreme Water Temps

Neither too cold nor too hot water is good for your skin. Too cold and it cannot effectively remove dirt and grime; too hot and it can strip away your skin’s natural oils. So, stick to using lukewarm water at least for your face.

2. Over-exfoliating 

Don’t we all love the way our skin feels after it's freshly exfoliated? Precisely this reason can make it easy to go overboard with it. Whether it’s physical scrubs or chemical exfoliators, using them too frequently can break down your skin’s barrier.

3. Too Many Skincare Actives

Skincare actives are quite potent. Using too many at the same time not only reduces their effectiveness but also makes your skin overly sensitive.

4. Skipping Sunscreen 

Being lousy with sunscreen application leaves your skin vulnerable to a plethora of risks. It is indeed, the biggest and best protector against UVA and UVB rays and their skin-damaging effects. 

How To Repair A Damaged Skin Barrier?

1. Simplify Your Skincare Routine

The first thing you ought to do is cut back on your skincare products. Go back to the basics—cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen— and eliminate any other product for now. This decluttering is crucial, because it will help you understand what product or ingredient is not working for your skin and could be damaging your barrier. Our Simple Active Skin Barrier Care Soothing Water Crème is formulated with 6% Ceramides Boostersk, 15% skin conditioners and Aloe Vera that is ultra soothing for the skin and supports your skin barrier. It is free of  2000+ baddies and irritants that can remotely trigger your skin.

2. Switch To A Gentle Cleanser 

Using a gentle cleanser will ease this SOS situation. It helps maintain the pH level of the skin and ever-so-gently sweeps away debris, grease and pollution. Our 100% soap-free Simple Active Skin Barrier Care Replenishing Cream Cleanser moisturises while cleansing, all thanks to Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin and 11% Ceramides. You’ll feel your skin feeling soft, supple and replenished from the 1st use itself.

3. Leave Out The Actives

At this moment, actives are not your best friends. You can gradually introduce them later once the skin has regained its strength and can tolerate the ingredient. However, when you do so, two things should be considered - the frequency and the strength of the active. Don’t go to town with skincare actives. Always start slow and opt for actives that are comparatively gentler on the skin. Lactic acid is quite mild and can slough off dead skin cells without being troublesome for your skin. Using actives in a cleanser form on a healthy skin barrier can help you reap the benefits without the risk of skin irritation.

4.  Use A Replenishing Sleeping Mask 

It’s called ‘beauty sleep’ for a reason. Those 7-8 hours at night is when your skin repairs itself. Adding a hydrating sleeping mask will help amplify the process by dunking your skin in moisture. Our Skin Quench Sleeping Crème is especially crafted to repair skin barrier and retain moisture in your skin. With 11% Hydrating Actives, Glycerin and Pentavitin, this sleeping mask quenches your skin overnight and leaves you with supple skin in the morning. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Can damaged skin be recovered?

A. Yes! Whatever be the reason and no matter how bad the situation, you can still strengthen your skin barrier and revive your skin health. Begin by decluttering your skincare routine and relying on ingredients like Ceramides, Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin to revive your barrier.

Q:2 How long does skin barrier take to heal?

A. The time it takes to heal depends on the severity of the skin damage. While a minor one can be healed in a few weeks, a severe skin barrier damage can even take months to fully recover. 

Q:3 Can I use niacinamide on damaged skin barrier?

A. Yes, niacinamide can be used to calm skin inflammation, reduce redness and repair the skin barrier.

Rhea Shah
Written by Rhea Shah on Feb 19, 2024
Rhea has banked on her passion for writing and beauty to be where she is today. When she isn't looking up fancy synonyms for simple words aka working, she is either traveling, making travel plans, or exploring a new restaurant.
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