The Skin Barrier

The skin is the largest organ of the whole body. Both the body, and we human beings do not think of the skin as being one of the most important organs, with the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas taking priority over it. Our skin is the outer barometer of what is happening on the inside of our bodies. If there is an irritation, dryness, rosacea or any type of rash our skin is simply letting us know that our internal homeostasis is out of balance.

Common signs of a compromised skin barrier may include dry, flaky, itchy, irritated, sensitive or red skin. When the lipids, which are like the cement that holds the cells together, are damaged or depleted by environmental conditions, harsh products, handling or treatments, skin loses water and becomes dry and more permeable to pollutants and irritants. Once this happens an inflammation response is triggered.
The skin barrier strength will determine the level of protection the skin will receive from external assaults. The skin barrier serves an important role in protecting us from toxins, bacteria, infection and other DNA damaging elements. A compromised skin barrier is more prevalent today than ever before as a result or our environment, over use of skin care products with harsh ingredients, medications, autoimmune diseases, and also overly aggressive professional treatments.
In the treatment room the aesthetician will ask questions such as, when did the changes in your skin appear, do diet, medications or stress trigger any changes in your skin? A corrective facial treatment for a compromised skin barrier may include an enzyme peel which contains amino acids which will soften the skin and digest surface cells, while supporting skin strengthening. Another alternative may be the use of a Jet Peel system which will exfoliate and keep the skin hydrated and oxygenated. This is imperative for a positive outcome for a healthy and hydrated skin. A facial massage will not only relaxe the mind and the skin, it will also hydrate and soothe when ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, organic stem cells, shea butter, and epidermal growth factors are incorporated. The finishing touch is always with a cooling alginate mask which will help with a calming effect on the skin, plus the infusion of the ingredients used.
Home care for a compromised skin barrier is imperative to assist in rebuilding the strength and hydration of the skin. A few of the points to consider for home care may include: 1.avoid irritants and allergen 2.avoid harsh cleansers and body washes, either with a high alkaline or low acid pH level 3.exfoliate by using gauze with toning lotion only 4.avoid extreme environmental conditions such as extreme variances in either hot or cold water, high heat, dry air and cold winds 5.repair the lipid barrier of the skin with ingredients such as rose water, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, epidermal growth factors, mandelic or arginine acids, and organic stem cells 6.use sunscreen daily which will protect lipids from lipid peroxidation
A compromised skin barrier and its side effects do not need to be endured. In addition to the right combination of high quality ingredients, a healthy diet and lifestyle and certain non-aggressive (but result orientated) techniques in the treatment room will have a hydrated, radiant and healthy skin back to functioning at its optimal level quickly.