Impaired barrier function. Do you know what that means, and if you do, do you know how to correct it?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In general terms it means unhealthy skin. Your skin cells aren't sitting evenly, interlocking with each other.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You may have heard that the surface of your skin is dead, it isn't, not exactly. Those surface skin cells have taken between 21 and 28 days to move up from your Dermis, changing as they go, forming your Stratum Corneum - or as we in the trade call it - your horny layer (the cells here are toughened, like horns). This layer is here to protect the underlying layers of your skin and can be up to 20 layers of cells thick in some areas. The Stratum Corneum is often thought of as a brick wall, held together by lipids (think mortar) that create this outer water barrier.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How does this brick wall correlate to an impaired barrier function? Think of the walls of your house. All the bricks are lined up nice and even, the mortar holding them altogether with none of it missing? Excellent. The barrier against the elements is intact, no bugs or weeds can get through causing weaknesses in your wall and damage underneath.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now imagine the mortar starts to degrade and come loose and the bricks aren't sitting as flush as before. You've now got an impaired barrier that could allow the elements in, along with those pesky bugs, so not only is the outer surface of your 'wall' leaky, whats going to happen underneath? Yep, potential for further damage, including structural.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ok, back to your skin. Unhealthy skin cells don't sit flat which enables water loss along with little pockets being created that outside bacteria can get in to, causing inflammation, spots, blockages, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What can you do about it? Introduce Vitamin A into your skincare routine. We shout about the benefits of Vitamin A (to clarify - the Vitamin A within our Environ Skincare) all the time. It is proven to be the only Vitamin that can bring about longterm change to your skin - rebuilding your 'wall' by repairing.