Protective Skin Barrier

The skin barrier is another name for the outermost layer of our skin, also known as the stratum corneum or lipid barrier. The function of this barrier is to protect and defend the skin from pollutants, ultraviolet radiation, infections and irritants. Another important task is to provide hydration. 

When the skin's barrier function is damaged or compromised in any way, it can manifest as rashes, hypersensitivity and other skin conditions. Preventing damage, taking care of and maintaining a healthy barrier function is important for overall skin health. Prevention is always better than subsequent treatment.

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Manyo Bifida Biome Ampoule Toner - 400 ml

Ampoule firming toner with bifidobacteria Manyo Bifida Biome Ampoule Toner has a rejuvenating effect, restores the protective lipid barrier, strengthens the skin microbiome. Promotes smoothing of fine wrinkles, deeply moisturizes the skin and enhances the effect of subsequent care. Restores the...

Price €27.90

Manyo Bifida Biome Concentrate Serum - 35 ml

Manyo Bifida Biome Concentrate Serum, a concentrated serum with bifidobacteria for skin radiance, restores the lipid barrier and regenerates skin cells, strengthens the protective functions. Restores water balance and helps to retain moisture in cells. Smoothes microrelief and fine mesh of...

Price €39.90

Manyo Bifida Biome Ampoule Mask - 30 g

The Manyo Bifida Biome Ampoule Mask with probiotics rehabilitates the skin, actively moisturizes and strengthens the epidermal cells. Increases the protective functions of the skin, its immunity and resistance to external irritants.

Price €3.50

Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Ultra Light Ampoule - 30ml

Light ampoule with propolis extract Full Fit Propolis Ultra Light Ampoule, helps to improve complexion, deeply moisturizes, nourishes, makes the skin soft and increases its elasticity. The ampoule is 80.94% composed of black bee propolis extract. The product has a light texture, thanks to which...

Price €29.90

COSRX Pure Fit Cica Cream Intense - 50 ml

An intensely nourishing and hydrating cream with an instant soothing effect - Pure Fit Cica Cream Intense! Saturated with extracts and Centella Asian oil, the cream has a denser and more nourishing texture (compared to the original Pure Fit Cica Cream), suitable for sensitive dry or combination...

Price €28.90

Manyo Bifida Complex Ampoule - 50 ml

The rejuvenating complex with lysate of bifidobacteria Manyo Bifida Complex intensively moisturizes, accelerates the processes of regeneration and renewal of epidermal cells, evens out skin tone and restores its radiance. The essence has a pronounced anti-aging effect, reduces the depth of fine...

Price €36.90

THE LAB PREBIOTIC-CERA™ Cream – 50 ml

THE LAB PREBIOTIC-CERA™ Cream with prebiotics and ceramides strengthens the natural skin barrier for a balanced complexion and leaves a feeling of freshness. The light formula provides intensive care and protects the skin from the harmful effects of the external environment.

Price €34.90

THE LAB Prebiotic-Cera™ Cream Mist – 95 ml

THE LAB Prebiotic-Cera™ Cream Mist is formulated for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for dehydrated skin. This versatile facial spray contains ceramides and probiotics to give skin a healthy glow.

Price €17.90

THE LAB PREBIOTIC-CERA™ Liquid - 210 ml

THE LAB PREBIOTIC-CERA™ Liquid Essence Toner with prebiotics and ceramides strengthens the natural skin barrier for a balanced complexion. In addition, the light toner provides intensive care and protects the skin from the harmful effects of the external environment.

Price €26.90

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream - 100 ml

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream Moisturizing Face Cream moisturizes the skin, soothes, relieves irritation and makes it smooth and supple. The product actively nourishes the skin, eliminates dryness and flaking, while not overloading the skin and does not provoke the appearance of oily sheen during...

Price €35.90

Pyunkang Yul Black Tea Enriched Cream - 60 ml

Face cream with fermented black tea Black Tea Enriched Cream has a targeted effect on eliminating wrinkles, has nourishing and antioxidant properties, and also has a brightening effect. The fermented extract of black tea or Kombucha is an excellent source of antioxidants (polyphenols, catechins),...

Price €52.90

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier or stratum corneum is often visualized as a brick wall. The solid cells of the skin barrier are bound together by solution-like lipids, which give the structure the appearance of a "brick." These cells or "bricks" are composed of keratin and natural moisturizers. The lipid "mortar" consists of lipids, which in turn consist of fatty acids, cholesterol and ceramides. This barrier keeps out toxins, pathogens and irritants from the environment, and also protects against UV radiation. In addition, the skin barrier retains moisture in the skin.

Signs of a damaged skin barrier

Signs of a compromised skin barrier are usually sensitization, dryness, skin flaking or redness, sometimes also signs of premature aging, inflammatory conditions, itching and facial skin damage. So if your skin seems tight or dry, shiny but not oily, or even has hyperpigmentation or redness, your skin barrier may be compromised.

What causes skin damage?

In response to what can cause skin damage, we need to know that there are everyday environmental exposures that we cannot control. That's why we protect ourselves with preventative products and skin protection products when we need to repair skin damage.

Here's a list of the major stressors that cause skin barrier function disruption and skin damage:

  • UV radiation. UV damage to the skin is a well-known environmental stressor that causes premature skin aging, but it also damages the skin's barrier function, among other serious potential problems.
  • Environmental pollutants. Air pollution, tobacco smoke and other environmental stressors can increase free radical levels on the skin and impair skin function.
  • Products with the wrong pH value. Products with a high pH value (alkaline) can weaken and damage the protective acid shell.
  • Wash your face too often. Especially if you use aggressive scrubs.
  • (Active) skin care ingredients. Fragrances, essential oils and other irritants in skin care products can compromise the skin's healthy barrier function. Overuse or misuse of active ingredients, such as retinol, can also cause damage.
  • Diet. A balanced diet and healthy eating habits are very important for healthy skin.
  • Stress. The relationship between stress and your skin is complex, and the effects of stress on your skin can be many and varied.  

How can the skin barrier be rebuilt?

If you can identify the causes contributing to damage to your skin barrier, you should address the factors mentioned. One skin protective cream alone is not enough to solve the problem. We need more than skin barrier repair products. A skin barrier repair procedure is necessary.

The question of how long it takes to restore the skin barrier varies from person to person, and it often takes some time before the damage is corrected. To repair the skin barrier, we need to look at our lifestyle and pay attention to skin care for the damaged barrier. A protective cream can help moisturize the skin, but the skin also needs repair.