At LILY DE MAI, we’re obsessed with the Skin Barrier and we do everything possible to keep ours happy. A solid, strong Skin Barrier is the most important element in maintaining calm, hydrated, beautiful skin.
What is the Skin Barrier and why is it important?
Your Skin Barrier is found in the stratum corneum, the top layer of your skin. Imagine a brick wall. Skin cells act as the bricks. Inside the skin cells are Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF’s) that keep the skin plump and moist by attracting and holding onto water from the atmosphere. A collection of skin oils known as the Intercellular Matrix surround the skin cells, acting as the mortar.
Together they form an amazing, water resistant, anti-bacterial, super shield. Protecting your skin from bacteria, allergens, pollution, UV exposure, extreme climate conditions and other environmental stressors and pathogens. The Skin Barrier is also crucial in maintaining skin hydration by limiting dehydration and water loss in skin cells.
What happens when the Skin Barrier is depleted or damaged?
When the Skin Barrier is depleted or damaged skin can become dry, dehydrated, flaky, itchy, and prone to redness, sensitivity, and eczema. As we age the amount of oil our skin produces decreases, further diminishing the strength of the Skin Barrier. Cleansing with harsh soaps and detergents, over exfoliating, excessive heat, AC and UV can damage and reduce the Skin Barrier.
All of LILY DE MAI products are formulated to support, replenish and revitalize your Skin Barrier with organic plant oils high in Omega 3 & 6 and Skin Barrier mimicking Skin Identical Ingredients like ceramides, sterols, and hyaluronic acid. Check the blog and sign up for our newsletter to read more tips on keeping your Skin Barrier strong and solid and your skin calm, hydrated and radiant.