Whether you’re thinking about skincare in a preventative way or looking to target specific concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, healthy skin is all about a healthy skin barrier. This outermost layer of skin, or stratum corneum, is the most vital line of defense against damaging stressors and dehydration. It’s made up of cells and lipids (aka the bricks and mortar of your skin) that work like an army to protect you from battle (aka biological aging and environmental aggressors).
As we continue to look at aging more positively, think of taking care of your barrier as not just a way to protect against “maturing”, but to also build strong skin. Think about how you’ve created boundaries in life to create more harmony and health in your career and relationships. This is the same intention you should be carrying into your skincare routine.
Fortunately, barrier boosting has never been easier. You can target every area of your face to maximize your defense with our smart, targeted solutions all powered by NIA-114™. This proprietary blend of Niacin & Vitamin B3 is backed by 30 years of science and is clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier for visibly transformed, more youthful skin.
Ready for your marching orders? Here’s how to take a holistic approach to strong and healthy skin.
Cleanse and defend.
To keep your skin (and your skincare) high functioning, remove makeup, impurities, and free radicals that may interfere with the effectiveness of your products. Look for a soap-free cleanser that is pH balanced and gentle enough for everyday use so as not to strip your barrier with too much abrasive scrubbing.
Step up your serum.
If you’re looking to give your routine a little boost, add a serum. Serums are a great way to take a more targeted approach to skincare. From lines to radiance to pore patrol, serums can help improve texture and set you on the road to strong, healthy skin.
Lasting hydration is key to a strong barrier. Using a moisturizer day and night is a must-have. And we’ve got just the thing! Our SD Advanced™ PLUS Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate targets ten types of collagen while providing continuous moisture for up to 72 hours.
See the front line.
The skin around your eyes is delicate, and one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Keep the skin around your eyes hydrated with an eye cream and consider this step a vital part of any barrier boosting routine.
Screen and protect.
Think of every day as a beach day when it comes to SPF. From blue light protection (indoor) to environmental stressors and sun (outdoor), stay protected with a hardworking SPF.
Being barrier strong is the best way to keep your skin optimized, healthy, and radiant. And the best barriers start with a targeted, 360 approach and more than a little help from our patented NIA-114™.
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