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The skin is the body’s largest organ, and keeping it healthy is a goal for most people. We know that using antiaging products and consistency with a skincare routine will help slow the aging process. Slowing aging is always a win, but repairing your skin may benefit you more than just looking better. A scientist named Mao-Qiang Man at the University of California San Francisco sees a connection between how you care for your skin and using moisturizer to restore your skin barrier, which may improve age-related inflammation called inflammaging. Inflammaging has several age-related chronic diseases linked to it, like cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Other ways to reduce inflammation are exercise, good nutrition, limiting alcohol intake, and good sleep habits.

Types of Aging

Chronological aging is the number of years you have been alive and can never be changed. Your biological age refers to how well you are aging. If you are physically fit and taking good care of yourself, you may have a lower biological age. If you are very unhealthy or ill, you may have a higher biological age than your chronological age. Biological age, you can have some control over and improve with a good diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. 

The Importance of Skin Barrier Repair

Skin barrier repair has become a popular internet search, and more people are trying to understand how to keep their skin barrier healthy. 

When we are young, our skin heals very quickly from a cut or scrape, but as we age, our skin changes, becoming thinner, dehydrated, and bruised more easily. We start losing collagen around the mid-twenties and lose a little more each year. After age 40, we see a more dramatic collagen loss and water loss, leading to drier itchy skin. Dry, itchy skin can lead to inflammation in your skin, which is the body’s largest organ. 

How to Repair the Skin Barrier

The good news is a wide variety of ingredients can help keep your skin in good condition and optimal health so inflammation stays away and your body can focus on healing itself. 

Which ingredients in Skincare Repair your Skin

Read my last blog post, discussing the benefits of using Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare routine.

Ceramides are lipids that strengthen the skin, another excellent ingredient to hydrate and repair the skin barrier. Using ceramides will help to prevent water loss in the skin, which keeps the skin hydrated. 

Niacinamide is an ingredient that helps with skin pigmentation and increases ceramide production, strengthening the skin barrier. 

SPF will protect the skin from UV damage caused by the sun and free radicals that damage skin cells. It’s important to know that SPF is the most important thing you can do to protect your skin barrier. 

Squalane helps to keep skin nourished and hydrated and locks moisture into the skin. 

Final thoughts

When your skin barrier is in good condition, it helps to protect the skin and keep harmful bacteria, irritants, and environmental toxins away.

Estheticians have always known that a good skincare routine will benefit your skin. Now that we know it may improve your overall health as we age, it’s even more critical to protect your skin by incorporating a good skincare regimen into your daily routine. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 

Teresa

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