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Skin barrier. Why you should make sure to take care of it!

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It’s not just a folk saying, but an actual scientific fact: beauty comes from within! To better understand what makes our skin healthy, there are several key factors at play. Diet and sleep habits, exercise routines, and water intake deeply influence our skin’s health.

In addition, pollutants in the atmosphere and personal care products can directly affect our skin’s wellbeing.

All of these substances interact with our main line of defense: the skin barrier. When this is operating healthily, it does wonders for our complexion!

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is a thin layer of cells that sits on the surface of your skin. Our skin, being the shield that protects us from environmental factors, is consisted of layers. The outermost layer is created of specific cells called keratinocytes fused together by lipids (oils) – this is the skin barrier.

Every day, our skin is exposed to air pollution, smoke, UV rays that deplete and weaken the skin barrier, making the inner layers of the skin exposed to these pollutants and causing extensive harm.

This barrier is essential for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated, as it helps to lock in moisture and keep out environmental irritants. 

When your skin barrier is damaged, it can lead to several problems, such as dryness, sensitivity, and skin conditions like eczema.

How to know if your skin barrier is damaged?

If your skin barrier is damaged, it may show as certain skin symptoms and conditions. People with a depleted barrier are prone to:

      • itchiness

      • dry, scaly skin

      • rough or discolored patches

      • acne

      • sensitive or inflamed (red) areas

      • bacterial, fungal or viral skin infections

    How to protect and restore your skin barrier

    Now that we’ve learned the importance of this protective layer, we need to learn how to take care of it. By adding a few changes to your everyday routine, you can help your skin barrier stay healthy and do its hard work!

    Improve your skincare routine

    There are a few things you can do to help repair and protect your skin barrier. First, it is important to use gentle, non-irritating skincare products that won’t strip away the natural oils that help keep your skin barrier intact. 

    You should also avoid using harsh cleansers, exfoliants, or other harsh skincare products that might cause damage. Instead, opt for gentle, hydrating products that will help restore moisture to your skin.

    One of the best things you can do for your barrier integrity is to use ingredients that help support and fortify it.

    Ceramides as skin barrier repair superstars

    Ceramides are waxy lipids that are found in especially high concentrations on the skin’s surface. They’re crucial for making sure your epidermis functions properly, which means it can keep out irritants like dirt and oil while letting water through to moisturize you from within! 

    Products containing these ingredients may help improve dryness or scaling due poor barrier function as well as strengthen structural integrity of both sebum production/transmission (the amount left over after evaporation) and moisture retention when applied topically- so they’ll leave users feeling happy all over.

    Antioxidants-scientifically proven to protect from environmental factors

    Antioxidants work as “quenchers” or, better yet, “hunters” of free radicals, which help eliminate their negative effects on the skin. The most commonly antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol, vitamin A, coenzyme Q10 and many others.

    They are usually extracted from the fruit of plants. For example, hydroxytyrosol is one of the most potent antioxidants naturally found in olives. It has the ability to absorb free radicals fifteen (15) times better than vitamin C and three (3) times better than Coenzyme Q10.

    This means you can use a very small amount of this ingredient to achieve big results in everyday skin protection.

    Try to include moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid

    Hyaluronic acid is a household name in the skincare industry. It works as a humectant, meaning that it draws in water. It can hold up to 100 times its weight in water. 

    When applied to the skin, it forms a protective barrier that helps to lock in moisture and keep environmental pollutants out. This barrier also helps to keep your skin’s natural oils balance, which is why hyaluronic acid is a great choice for those with oily and combination skin types.

    Metabiotic skincare for skin barrier integrity

    If you’re looking for products that contain all these ingredients, we recommend our metabiotics infused clinically proven skincare. Metabiotics are a mixture of natural hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, peptides, enzymes, and other organic compounds. 

    A specific enzyme called SMase has a specialized role in metabolizing the protein sphingomyelin. This protein is a building block of ceramides, essential molecules for skin barrier integrity.

    To learn more, check our website and social media to catch the whole narrative.

    The bottom line

    Your skin’s barrier, or outermost layer of our bodies’ protective coat which both defends against environmental factors while also protecting us from water loss in the body.

    Inflammation symptoms such as dryness and itching can alert you if there has been any disruption to this important defense system so it might be wise to keep an eye out for this kind of changes and to correct what is causing them.

    By keeping your lifestyle habits in check, you will significantly improve the quality of your skin health. In eating the right foods, balancing your sleep, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water are the base of healthy, glowing skin. Including science backed skincare tips and tricks are just a lovely add on!

    If you’re performing a complicated daily skin regimen involving a basketful of products, you may be inadvertently weakening your skin barrier. Skincare should be simple and targeted for your specific skin needs.

    Consider talking with a dermatologist or another skin care professional about which products are essential and most effective.

    About author

    Selma Durmo M. Pharm

    “As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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    Clean

    Following the principles of Clean Beauty, we have joined the dedicated stream of safe, non-toxic beauty enthusiasts.

    Our products contain carefully selected hypoallergenic ingredients suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

    We’re committed to formulating with natural, organically-derived, and skin-friendly synthetics while excluding popular “good feeling” and potentially harmful compounds to provide the best skincare solutions.

    “It is easy to get hooked on conventional products, with inviting perfumes and the instantly pleasant skin feeling. The sooner you understand that those sensations are short-lived the better! Choose Clean Beauty and allow the science backed ingredients time to work wonders on your skin.”

    Cinically proven

    Our products’ superiority has been proven in a controlled study on 50 volunteers where it was shown that four-week product use leads to a significant increase in skin moisture levels (39%), increased skin elasticity (50%), and a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (23%).

    Other beneficial effects include decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin cleanliness, evenness of the skin tone, decrease in acne formation.

    This study serves as proof of the skin’s gradual return of its protective layer, integrity, and balance. All study results have been published in a peer reviewed journal as well as the full study report.

    “Putting all science aside, we are most proud of our users’ testimonials. All tested volunteers claimed visible and tangible improvement in skin feel and appearance.”

    Transparency

    The greatest breakthrough discovery we stumbled upon is that skincare and cosmetics should not be sensational.

    Personal care should be comprehensive, accessible, and efficient, just as all solutions that come from nature are.

    We are often faced with labels such as anti aging skin care, organic skin care, natural skincare products, which lack the necessary explanation… What do these phrases actually mean?

    “Grown tired of all the misleading, incomprehensive, irrelevant information used in the beauty industry we decided to stick to a no-nonsense approach. It is what it is, and skin care is not magic! It requires commitment, patience and understanding your skins’ needs.”

    Sustainable

    We are dedicated to neutralizing our negative impact on the environment as much as possible and have joined the stream of sustainable skincare brands. We’re taking you on for the ride (we’ve even packed the goodies)!

    To help minimize our carbon footprint, for every product order a tree will be planted thanks to our amazing planters at One Tree Planted. It’s estimated that a mature tree nullifies around 20lbs of CO2 a year.

    We’re doing our best to reuse, reduce and recycle. Wishing to inspire a circular economy we have partnered up, to create a customized recycling program. Collect three empty plastic packages to receive your Anbiome Recycling Envelope and follow the instructions on how to take part in our recycling mission. 

    Your good deed shall be rewarded. For every three products recycled you receive one product gift!

    Technology

    Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

    Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

    We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

    Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

    Result is the composition of native signal components and molecules that keep the skin balanced, healthy and protected.

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