Healthy, radiant skin means having a strong and protective skin barrier which works to protect the lower skin layers. When the skin barrier is working effectively skin feels soft and smooth, looks glowing and is plump and hydrated. Sound good? We recommend taking care of your skin barrier with a consistent daily routine to keep skin in radiant condition. All skin types including sensitive skin and those with a compromised skin barrier can benefit from our tips and skincare options, so read on for more.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, made up of the deepest layers, middle layers and the outermost layers. It’s easiest to imagine this top layer as a brick wall with skin cells as bricks, and ceramides and fatty acids making up the ‘mortar’ which works to keep the cells together and nasties out. If this watertight protective barrier gets damaged – by environmental factors (think sunburn), or by overuse of active ingredients, skin will react – becoming red, dry, dull, or breaking out, you'll also experience more sensitive skin. Once this top layer or skin barrier is damaged it causes more of a problem as dirt, debris and pollution can get through to the lower layers causing yet more damage. A deeply damaged skin barrier like this can be painful, flaky, itchy, red, dry and cannot tolerate active ingredients, it's basically the opposite of glowing, healthy-looking skin.
Take care of your skin barrier with our easy skincare routine that works wonders if you stick to our no.1 tip – be consistent. Here's a simple daily skincare routine for all skin types that will keep your skin healthy, glowing and hydrated and help repair a damaged barrier. If you're experiencing sensitive skin, dry skin, or any uncomfortable symptoms, read on for a quick and easy skin reset.
A simple skin cleanse
Give your skin a chance to repair and rejuvenate itself overnight by ensuring you use a gentle cleanser to clear away dirt, SPF, makeup, and to accelerate removing damaging debris and dead skin cells. During the night skin works hard to produce collagen and rebuild, give it a helping hand by removing any nasties that might cause damage throughout the night. We recommend gentle cleanser and natural oil blend, Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil for all skin types including dry skin and sensitive skin. A relaxing aromatic blend, this natural oil melts away makeup, while soothing and replenishing skin. It’s equally important for the skin barrier function to ensure you are cleansing your skin in the morning. During the night, skin produces oil and sweat so before you apply further skincare remove anything that might block useful ingredients from doing their job on the surface on the skin (think dead skin cells). Reach for Ultra Facial Cleanser, a gentle foaming cleanser formulated with squalane, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E and avocado oil. This light and easy to use liquid will get skin clean without drying. Skin pro tip: don't use water that is too hot or too cold, both can aggravate damaged skin and cause moisture-loss, always wash your skincare away with lukewarm water.
Replenish and moisturise
Moisture helps to regulate the skin barrier function and we know hydrated skin looks healthy, glows, and stays resilient, so it’s essential to use a smoothing moisturiser after cleansing to protect and hydrate, particularly if you have dry skin.
Our Ultra Facial Cream is a bestselling daily moisturiser with over 3000 5* reviews. It provides up to 24-hour lasting hydration with a unique lightweight texture and leaves skin softer, smoother and visibly healthier. Formulated with glacial glycoprotein which helps to maintain the skin’s moisture balance and squalane derived from olives. Apply this non-greasy, skin softening hydrator after cleansing every morning for long-lasting moisture.
For those who require deeper hydration and repair due to dry skin or irritation, reach for our new Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal and Beta-Glucan. It has the texture of a daily moisturiser with the healing power of a balm. Ideal when skin needs extra protection from environmental factors such as cold winds and sub-zero temperatures, it also helps to protect skin from the daily skin aggravation that comes from wearing a mask. The silky, light feeling cream provides instant relief for uncomfortable skin too thanks to soothing colloidal oatmeal and powerful moisturising agents. Plus, it utilises the unparalleled powers of beta-glucan, a powerful humectant that pulls water into the skin and holds it within cells. It works to repair the skin barrier and protect from further damage, and it’s so efficient that it even relieves discomfort from eczema and soothes post-procedure wounds.
The delicate eye area houses the thinnest skin of the body, and as such requires its own specific skincare, enter Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Rich, creamy and nourishing, it’s designed to moisturise, soothe, and gently replenish the eye area. Enriched with avocado, beta-carotene and shea butter, apply every morning and evening for a burst of lasting hydration.
An essential skincare routine just wouldn’t be complete without the no.1 daily essential for skin protection – SPF. Our Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ is a lightweight, non-greasy cream that absorbs quickly. Advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection work to keep skin protected from damaging rays throughout the day.
For night-time hydration and more, we recommend a dose of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, this 99.4% natural blend of seed, flower and plant oils helps to repair skin overnight, boosting essential moisture, while working to refine skin texture and improve radiance. Working in tandem with the skin barrier and deeply nourishing you’ll wake up to soft, supple and hydrated skin.
These essential day to night skincare steps are packed with benefits that will help to reset a damaged skin barrier and strengthen all skin types to help you achieve a healthy skin barrier which will lead to a smooth, radiant complexion.