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Pop quiz time: Have you ever heard of the skin barrier? Well, if you haven’t, it’s about time to get acquainted with it because it turns out it’s pretty important! Your skin barrier helps protect your skin from the external environment, and if it becomes damaged, that can leave you with irritated, sensitive skin as well as an older-looking complexion. Here, learn more about your skin barrier, including how to put together a skin care routine to repair it and our best skin care product (cica cream!) to help you do just that.
Before we get into what you can do to repair your skin care barrier, it’s important to understand exactly what it is. Your skin barrier, also known as your moisture barrier, is the top layer of your skin. It keeps moisture in and irritants out. It’s what’s responsible for the appearance of beautiful skin. But certain factors can cause damage to your skin barrier, which leads us to our next point.
Wondering what could potentially break down your skin barrier? Here’s the answer: Your skin barrier can be damaged by external factors like pollution and dirt and internal factors like stress and dehydration. These factors can come in and break down your skin barrier. What’s more, skin’s moisture barrier weakens with age, resulting in greater loss of moisture, more prominent fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of firmness.
Our best skin care product to help repair your skin barrier is the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica, which is formulated with Pro-Retinol and Centella Asiatica, an herb, also known as tiger grass, from traditional Chinese medicine. Formulated for the face, our cica cream helps repair the skin barrier to resist visible signs of aging. This lightweight cream helps strengthen and repair skin barrier to help resist visible signs of aging that a weakened barrier can accentuate. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, and more supple and firmness and tone look improved. With continued use over time, skin looks rejuvenated, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and clarity improves. Skin barrier is stronger, helping to resist signs of aging with continued use over time as well. Every morning and evening, smooth our cica cream over your face until thoroughly absorbed. For best results, use in conjunction with other RevitaLift products.
If your concerned about your skin barrier, here’s a skin care routine you can follow.
Step 1: Gently cleanse your face. Reach for a facial cleanser that will gently remove makeup and other impurities from the surface of your skin, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser. This facial cleanser helps remove all traces of impurities and makeup and helps make skin appear more radiant. Wet your face, then massage the facial cleanser onto your skin and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, making it feel drier, so lukewarm water is a better option for your skin.
Step 2: Apply cica cream. The next step in your skin care routine should be applying your cica cream. Remember, cica cream is the skin care product that can help strengthen and repair your skin barrier. You know how to do it Smooth it over your face until thoroughly absorbed. That’s all there is to it!
Step 3: Dab on an eye cream. Don’t forget about the delicate skin around your eyes. Use an eye cream that can help minimize the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. Lightly pat the eye cream into your under-eye area—don’t tug!
Step 4: Smooth on moisturizer. After eye cream, it’s time to apply moisturizer. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and Pro-Xylane. This lightweight yet intensely moisturizing formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling velvety soft. Immediately, skin is deeply hydrated, while skin texture looks smoother, skin feels firmer, and the appearance of wrinkles are reduced with continued use over time. Every morning and evening, smooth the moisturizer over your face, neck, and jawline until thoroughly absorbed. For best results, use in conjunction with other L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift skin care products.
Step 5: Use sun protection in the morning. At night, you can end your skin care routine with moisturizer—but in the morning, you should think about sun protection. That’s because spending time in the sun without protection can contribute to the breakdown of your skin barrier as well as visible signs of aging like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles showing up down the road. So, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen—that means it protects against UVA and UVB rays—with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it as directed, making sure to reapply every two hours. If you’re in a time crunch and want to pare down the amount of steps in your skin care routine, you can do so by using a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. This moisturizer with SPF is also formulated with glycolic acid, a gold standard in anti-aging skin care.
There are other sun protection measures you should take as well. Limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Ready for more skin care advice? If you’re interested in putting together an anti-aging skin care routine, head on over to our article, How to Start an Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for skin care tips and skin care product recommendations that can help you regain a more youthful-looking appearance.