If you have a dried out, reactive and sensitive skin, your skin barrier may be impaired. Find out how you can boost the hydration of your skin with essential fatty acids, reinforce the barrier and help combat dry flaking skin and wrinkles. 

The surface layer of our skin is called the epidermis. The epidermis is made up of many cell layers, provides protection and acts as a barrier to infection. The epidermis regulates the amount of water released from the body through transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

In a healthy skin, the epidermal cells and the matrix between the cells, provide a very effective barrier to the skin and the body. The matrix is made up of essential fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. A good balance of these three key ingredients is essential for an effective lipid barrier to provide waterproof protection to the skin and the body. Essential fatty acids are important in protecting and reinforcing the health of the cell membrane and reducing inflammation in the tissues.

The skin barrier can become damaged by harsh weather, aggressive cleansers, soap, over exfoliating the skin, and the lack of essential fatty acids in our diet. If the barrier is compromised, damaged or impaired, the skin is exposed to excessive moisture loss. The skin can become irritated, sensitized and dehydrated.

Nature is abundant in skin beneficial actives and plant oils are some of the best ingredients you can use on your skin. To keep you skin barrier healthy, strong and intact, include foods rich in essential fatty acids in your diet such as flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, soybeans, brussel sprouts and enriched eggs.

Choose milky cleansers rather than soap, as milky cleansers will not strip and disrupt the barrier of your skin. Be gentle with your exfoliation, and don’t over do it with aggressive treatments. If your skin needs a stronger treatment to refine or decongest, be sure to balance it out with products that will help repair and replenish the skin’s barrier.

For instant relief and protection, include the Nutritive Essential Lipid Elixir in your skincare regimen. A smooth oil-based serum, delivers a rich source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential lipids and encourages the production of ceramides to protect the skin from dehydration.

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To discover the best cosmeceutical solution for your skincare needs, book in a professional consultation with your Sothys skin care expert.

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