You must know by now that skin barrier's job is to maintain hydration and keep bacteria, pollutants, and allergens out. When skin barrier is damaged, water evaporates quickly from the skin. The skin will look rough, dry, and flaky.
Should I Stop My Skincare Routine?
No! But cut out a considerable portion of your routine, temporarily. Keep the most gentle essentials and wait to see signs of recovery before adding anything new.
Should I Wash My Face?
If you have oily or combination skin, it's might be okay to cleanse twice a day. If you have dry skin, cleanse your skin only at night. Use milk cleanser instead of gel or water cleanser.
Use extra antioxidant skincare!
Antioxidants are the second-line defense against environmental aggressors such as UV exposure and pollution. In addition, they work to protectively shield your skin and repair it once damage is done. Face cream that is packed with antioxidants is a great way to start with.
A broken skin barrier can be repaired, but it does take a little time and effort. Depending on the extent of the damage, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks up to 6 months to get it back to its protective best. Follow steps above and we promise, your skin barrier will grow stronger than never before.