Our skin goes through a lot on a daily basis, especially on days we don’t necessarily treat it the best. When your skin barrier is strong, that means it’s more resilient and can stand up to a lot that gets thrown at it. It can also allow your skin to look younger and more radiant. If you feel as though your skin isn’t as resilient as it could be, keep reading for some tips that could help improve it as much as possible.
Examine Your Products
Some products might seem great for you on the label, but not so much when they come in contact with your skin. Reevaluate all the products that you’re using. Certain products, such as those that contain alcohol, could do more harm than good. Additionally, if you’ve noticed your skin worsening after you’ve recently started using a new product, you may want to consider tossing it in the trash.
Forgo New Products
The more simple your skincare routine is right now, the better, which means forgoing any new products while your skin improves. You may think just one or two won’t make a difference, but yes, they actually could and might worsen your skin’s barrier. For now, at least, you’re better off skipping anything that’s not tried-and-true.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
We can’t emphasize enough how much the sun’s rays can damage your skin. It’s one of the biggest causes of premature skin aging, it could cause your skin to get sunburned, and then there’s also skin cancer, and that’s just the beginning. Put sunscreen on every day, even during the colder months, and make sure to apply it before you leave your home and reapply it during the day.
Moisturizing is absolutely essential for the health of your skin’s barrier which is just one of the many reasons it’s important for you to properly moisturize on a daily basis. Ideally, you should use a day moisturizer and one at night, and if possible, the one you use during the day should contain SPF.
In addition to contributing to the damage of your skin’s barrier, smoking just isn’t good for your body at all. We know that quitting smoking certainly isn’t easy, especially if you’ve been doing it for a long time, but there are more options than ever for how you can get on the road to never again picking up another cigarette. There’s also the added bonus that quitting can save your life and save you a good amount of money that will no longer be going toward cigarette packs.
The best thing you can do if you’re looking to restore your skin’s resilience is to speak to your dermatologist and esthetician. Discussions are important when it comes to what could be improved on regarding your skin. Explain your usual skin routine, even treatments you may do only occasionally, and let them know if you’ve recently used anything on your skin—detergent, perfumes, etc—that is different from your norm.