Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier & What to Do About It

Signs of a Damaged Skin Barrier & What to Do About It

Skin Barrier

Wondering why your skin is lacking that beautiful, dewy glow?

A damaged skin barrier could be to blame! Today, we want to talk about how to know if your skin barrier is damaged, what exactly causes it, and tips about skin barrier damage repair using the right products (and ingredients). Read on to learn more about all things skin barriers.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the outer most part of your epidermis (skin!) and acts as a wall to protect your skin from damage, bacteria, environmental aggressors and more. Think of it like “brick and mortar”, where your skin cells make up the bricks, and your skin barrier is the mortar.

What is a damaged skin barrier? 

If you’ve researched skin care, you’ve probably read a bit about wanting to avoid damaging your skin barrier. When your skin’s moisture barrier is damaged, the lipid matrix (fats and oils within your skin) isn’t as taut as it should be. This can lead to gaps in your skin barrier. What does that mean? It makes it harder to keep germs and irritants out of your skin—and it also does a bad job of preventing water loss from your skin.

3 Common Damaged Skin Barrier Symptoms 

So what exactly are the telltale signs of a damaged skin barrier? Here are some of the most common symptoms.

Acne

Believe it or not, blemishes can be a sign of a damaged skin barrier. The bacteria that leads to acne can penetrate the skin more easily.

Dry Skin

Your skin experiences trans epidermal water loss when your skin barrier is compromised. In other words, the moisture in your skin essentially exits stage left and evaporates. This leaves your skin with signs of dryness. These can include a rough texture, flakiness or tightness. Dullness is another sign of a compromised moisture barrier, related to dryness.

Skin Sensitivity

An imbalance of lipids in the skin barrier, causing a skin barrier disruption, could lead to sensitive skin.

What causes damage to the skin barrier?

You might be surprised to know that the main causes of damage to the skin barrier come from everyday life and habits. Here are some of the most common culprits.

Over-cleansing

Skincare mistakes like cleansing your skin too much or too often can have an effect on your skin barrier. If you cleanse your skin too often or with harsh ingredients, you can strip your skin of its natural oils. One way to figure out if you may be doing this is if your skin feels squeaky clean—or tight—after your face wash step. This could disrupt your skin barrier’s lipid matrix. You want to avoid washing your skin to the point where it feels tight after.

Skin Conditions

Skin concerns like atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) can be associated with a weak skin barrier. That keeps your skin barrier from functioning well. Eczema can be a genetic skin condition, and a severely damaged skin barrier can develop if the skin is not treated properly.

Age

Age is also a contributor to skin barrier damage, as your ability to produce oil decreases over time. It becomes more difficult to replenish the oils that are essential to your skin barrier’s integrity.

How to repair skin barrier damage

When you want to repair a damaged skin barrier, there are things you can stop doing and start doing to see and feel relief.

Simplify Your Skincare Routine

Invest in products and ingredients that help support the health of your skin barrier. Ingredients that are good to use for your skin’s moisture barrier include Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, and Ceramides. Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It binds water to collagen to keep it in the skin. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which act as building blocks of proteins—like collagen, keratin, and elastin. Ceramides are lipids found naturally in the upper layers of skin and help form a protective layer that limits moisture loss.

Protect Your Skin

Besides nourishing your skin, you need to protect it every day. SPF protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays, which directly damage your skin barrier and cause irritation. Choose a sunscreen of at least 30+ to ensure your skin is protected, and use sunscreen every day as the last step in your daily skincare routine. Whether you opt for a chemical or physical sunscreen, the most important thing is that you find one that you’ll use.

Hydrate

Never forget the power of H20! Water works wonders on the skin barrier from the inside out. By drinking your recommended daily water intake and utilizing hydrating formulas directly on the skin’s surface, you give skin a chance to reboot, replenish and regenerate.

Best Products for a Damaged Skin Barrier

You want to go easy on the exfoliation if you have a severely damaged skin barrier. Use serums and creams every morning and night for best results, especially when trying to repair a severely damaged barrier. Use products as directed, and remember to seek advice from your dermatologist when necessary.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Skin Barrier

A morning and evening skincare routine with products that include the proper ingredients will help repair skin barrier damage. Maintain your healthy skin barrier by sticking to your routine and adjusting products and ingredients as needed. Use the tips throughout this article to help guide you towards a healthy, strong skin barrier!

 

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Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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5 Must-Have Hydration Hacks

5 Must-Have Hydration Hacks

Active Hydration Serum

Let’s hear it for hydration! Besides your daily water intake, our Active Hydration Serum is the ticket to that coveted radiant glow. It boosts hydration levels by 200%, promotes dewy skin, and creates a smooth foundation for skincare products and makeup. Our Rodan + Fields Employees have shared their top 5 skincare hacks using our must-have serum—check them out below!

1. “Add Active Hydration Serum to your Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid for that perfect dewy look.”  – Molly, PR

This hack is a must-have for those busy days and weeks full of “grab and glow” moments! Lock in moisture while protecting your skin’s delicate barriers by combining Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid SPF 30 with Active Hydration Serum. Lightweight, tinted moisturizer Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, helps achieve complexion perfection while defending against environmental aggressors. It also repairs skin’s moisture barrier and protects from UV rays as it visibly evens + perfects skin tone. Mixed with super-hydrator Active Hydration Serum, you’ll keep skin nourished and hydrated with key ingredients Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid! 

Pro tip: Mix products together on the back of your hand before applying to your face to ensure the best consistency and even distribution of ingredients.

2. “Active Hydration Serum is amazing to use before your other moisturizers to boost results.” -Franny, Communications

Balanced skin naturally acts and looks younger, ideally behaving like a sponge that absorbs key ingredients in your skincare products. Active Hydration Serum assures a head start on hydration with R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix (including Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid), instantly surging the skin with moisture, creating visible results while prepping it for the products that follow. Apply serum directly on the skin to get that bouncy, youthful effect – no makeup necessary! 

Pro tip: Don’t forget to apply a generous amount of serum to your neck and décolletage!

3. “Apply Active Hydration Serum to your beard! It instantly tames and moisturizes those hard-to-reach areas. Seriously – it works, and it’s now part of my daily routine.” -Brad, Learning and Development

No matter your age, gender, skin type, or climate – moisturizing is essential for skin health, self-care and comfort. When applied to the base of a beard, brows, or other hair follicles, Active Hydration Serum can help address dryness on impact. The result? Healthy-looking skin and hair. 

Pro tip: Massage serum in a circular motion into your skin – not directly onto hair – to promote extra hydration and target key areas of concern.

4. “Apply Active Hydration Serum to your hands + cuticles! I no longer need to buy different hydrating products for different areas of my skin. I’ve found my hydration Holy Grail!” -Amanda, Brand Marketing

We’ll shake on it – your dry skin and hands will have met their match with Active Hydration Serum. Not only does the serum infuse your hands with the moisture it needs for comfort, but it sinks in without leaving a sticky or oily residue, making it an ideal on-the-go manicure. 

Pro tip: Don’t let your serum go to waste after applying it to your face! Simply rub any remaining product onto the back of your hands and up your arms for an effortless hydration hack.

5. “Always start with Active Hydration Serum when giving yourself a facial. It preps and awakens the skin, basically drinking up the ingredients of your favorite facial products that follow!”  -Randi, Field Communications

At-home facials have never been more popular. Prep skin by applying Active Hydration Serum first, to give the skin an opportunity to reboot and refuel, opening up glowing possibilities. 

Pro tip: Let your serum sink in for 3-5 minutes before the next step to let it “bake” into the skin for easier layering.

Are you feeling inspired to try out any of these hydration hacks? Get our must-have Active Hydration Serum now!

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It will save their skin — and boost their confidence.

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*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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How To Prevent Dark Spots

How To Prevent Dark Spots

Dark Spot Corrector

How To Prevent Dark Spots

Skin discoloration, including dark spots, is one of the most common skin concerns women have today. Everyone wants that even, beautifully hydrated, glowing skin—but alas, sometimes dark spots happen. Instead of relying on makeup to cover up your dark spots, why not educate yourself on why they occur and learn how to address and prevent them? In this blog post, we’ll talk about why and where dark spots typically turn up and everything you need to know about dealing with this skin concern.

Read on to learn more.

What are dark spots and where do they come from?

Dark spots are the result of an overproduction of melanin in the skin. Dark spots can occur after you spend a lot of time in the sun or indulge in tanning beds, especially without proper sun protection. Dark spots can also occur in conjunction with hormonal changes. These hormonal shifts include those causing acne, since post-acne spots are also considered dark spots, as well.

“Science shows the most attractive feature of a person is even, pore free, shiny skin. It’s a sign of health and youth,” Dr. Kathy Fields says. The good news is that the right skincare regimen can help you visibly achieve that even color and elusive glow that we begin to lose in our 20s.

What areas of the body are typically affected by dark spots?

Dark spots usually crop up on the face, hands, arms and chest – all of the places most exposed to the sun.

How to Prevent Dark Spots and What to Do About Existing Ones

  1. To prevent dark spots, proper sun protection is key. Always use sunscreen—don’t forget that every day is a Sun Day, as Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields say. Apply your sunscreen as the final step in your skincare regimen daily and in the morning year-round—not just when you plan on spending a lot of time outside. Remember to reapply every 2-3 hours when exposed to the sun and after towel drying, swimming or sweating.
  1. Exfoliate regularly. You want to gently exfoliate your skin at least a few times per week with an exfoliant that works well for your skin type. The Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen addresses a major skin concern women have about dull, uneven skin tone. “By exfoliating away the pile up of dead cells and helping visibly fade discolorations, REVERSE clears your skin’s canvas, restoring the luminosity and brightness your skin has naturally lost,” Dr. Katie Rodan says.
  1. Try a dark spot corrector, like REVERSE Targeted Dark Spot Corrector, which can be used on the face, but also on the neck, chest and hands to target stubborn dark spots or visible skin discoloration. Add this product to any Rodan + Fields Regimen to minimize the appearance of brown spots, dark spots, patches, post-acne dark marks and age spots. For best results, always apply a sunscreen on the area of concern and try to avoid unprotected sun exposure.
  1. Consult with your doctor if you experience hyperpigmentation or post inflammatory acne spots. For best results, introduce skin brightening products to your skincare routine. Including a spot corrector for more stubborn dark spots can help even your skin tone and get it looking glowy.

Ingredients to Address Visible Dark Spots

“It’s a combination of ingredients in formulas that enhance their efficacy that creates a beautiful, visible change,” Dr. Katie Rodan says. “Some of the key ingredients packed into our formulas include tried and true favorites, like Vitamin C and Retinal MD Technology, developed in-house.”

Together with their scientists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields created their own proprietary technology. “We blended 10% stabilized Vitamin C with our proprietary Retinal MD Technology, which is more effective than traditional retinol without the irritation that often comes with it,” Dr. Kathy Fields says.

Multi-Med Therapy is at the heart of all of Rodan + Fields’ Regimens. Multi-Med Therapy combines over-the-counter drug and cosmetic ingredients as the basis of elegantly formulated products that deliver powerful results. Seeing how well a “combination therapy” approach worked in acne, we knew that our holistic Multi-Med Therapy concept would also be effective for other common skin conditions, like hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, and skin aging. Based on their patient relationships, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields saw how each one of these issues takes a toll on a person’s confidence. This compelled Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields to get to work, creating specific skincare systems, which they refer to as Regimens, to give people everything they would need to achieve the best skin of their lives – and the confidence that comes with it. Here’s to coming out of the dark and to brighter skin days ahead. 

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Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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Team Lotion or Team Cream? What you need to know about both formulas

Team Lotion or Team Cream? What you need to know about both formulas

You probably make choices all the time about whether to buy a lotion or a cream when it comes to your day moisturizer and night face cream.

How do you make an informed decision? Sometimes products are formulated as a cream or lotion based on which one is a better vehicle for ingredients. But often, it is also a format choice that takes into account your skin type, the season or simply personal preference that will help with your Regimen compliance in the long run.
Which should you slather on for smoother, softer skin?
Here’s what you need to know about the differences between creams and lotions.
What is the difference between a cream and a lotion?
When it comes to formulation, typically, lotions are formulated with water, as opposed to oil. Creams are the opposite, as they are usually made with oil. Lotions tend to be lighter and thinner, absorbing into the skin easily. Creams are richer and tend to take a bit longer to absorb, as well. Some skincare products are formulated as creams and others as lotions because these respective formulas offer a delivery system that helps certain ingredients penetrate the skin.
REDEFINE Regimen gives you the option to choose a lotion or a cream in Step 3 in your customized routine. Regimens backed by our Multi-Med Therapy approach take the guesswork out of selecting a skincare routine by providing a complex set of ingredients and technologies that work in a simple step-by-step way.
Depending on your choice of lotion or cream, the ingredients are purposefully combined, providing the perfect vehicle to deliver benefits. Your Regimen is also applied in the right order to produce maximum effectiveness and results.
What are the benefits of a face cream?
Heavier moisturizers have higher oil and wax content and work well for dry skin. Those with extremely dry skin reap the benefits of thick creams and ointments because of moisture-locking and protective qualities of these formulations. Creams help protect your skin’s moisture barrier from being damaged.
REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream is a rich, deeply moisturizing Retinoid cream for night. It combines Bakuchiol, a naturally-derived alternative to Retinol, and Glycolic Acid to target fine lines and deep wrinkles for smoother-looking skin. It also visibly lifts, sculpts and defines to improve facial contours for younger-looking skin.
What are the benefits of a lotion?
Lotions for both face and body seep into the skin quickly. What’s great about this is you can take care of your skin and get on with your day — no waiting for this type of formula to absorb. Best for normal-to-combination skin types, lotions provide light moisturization incorporating little or no oil to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. Perfect for those who are oily or acne-prone, lotions with low levels of emulsifiers and oils work well.
REDEFINE Overnight Reparative Lotion is a potent nighttime finishing step that defines to improve facial contours for younger-looking skin. This product boasts Retinal MD Technology, which targets fine lines and deep wrinkles to visibly sculpt, define, and smooth skin. Retinal is a form of Vitamin A that’s more potent than Retinol.
How do you know which one would be better for you?
There are a few factors at play here. One is skin type. Those with oily skin might find creams a bit heavy and may want to opt for a lotion instead. That said, a cream might work well for nighttime use for this crew. If you have dry skin, you may want a cream for day and night, but prefer a lotion in the hot summer months. In a nutshell, those with oily and acne-prone skin should choose a lotion. Those with sensitive and combination skin can do either option—and will probably use both formulas at different times of the year. Those with dry skin will likely want to choose a cream year-round, morning and night.
How does texture factor in when making your skincare choices?
Texture plays a major role when it comes to choosing which products make it into your skincare routine. We test out formulas to find the one that’s the best fit for our skincare goals — but also for the elegant formulation we crave. Skincare is self-care, after all. Loving your skincare routine is especially vital for your skin. It becomes a ritual. The right cream or lotion for you — the scent, the feel, all of it— ensures you’ll use your products every morning and night. This helps you achieve the results you’re seeking. It takes a few weeks of regular, consistent use to see a visible difference, so stick with it!

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

Deep Dive: The Biology of Collagen

From targeted Instagram ads for supplement powders to add to your morning coffee, to the many methods of stimulating it in your own skin, you’ve likely heard talk of collagen. Collagen has recently skyrocketed in popularity. It’s found not only in skincare products but in shampoos, the aforementioned nutrition powders and body creams. So, what is it all about and what role does it play with regard to your skin? In this post, we’ll tackle what exactly collagen is, the relationship it has with your skin as you age and what ingredients you should be looking for in your skincare to boost your skin’s collagen. Find out which products to choose and when you can expect results. Here, your guide to everything you always wanted to know about collagen and more.

What Is Collagen?

Let’s begin with the basics. What is collagen? Collagen is a protein that provides structure to your bones, skin, tendons and ligaments —essentially, much of your body. Collagen’s role with regard to skincare is vital from both a functional and cosmetic perspective. The reality is that everyone’s normal aging process causes a decrease in the skin’s natural collagen production and this leads to a number of common aesthetic skin concerns. These include everything from lines and wrinkles to a loss of firmness to uneven texture in the skin. In other words, these are the visible signs of a lack or decreased levels of collagen on your skin.

When Should You Focus on Boosting Collagen?

When is the right time to stimulate your own collagen production? According to dermatologist Dr. Vivian Bucay, everyone aged 20 and up should be using some type of treatment that speeds up cell renewal. “By the time you are 50 years old, you have half as much of your collagen and half as much of your hyaluronic acid as you would in your 20s,” Dr. Bucay explains. Here’s another fun fact: She notes that every year, you lose 3% of your collagen, which is what gives the skin support. She uses a mattress as an analogy. “Collagen is like the mattress covering,” Dr. Bucay explains. “It holds everything together.” To further the analogy, in this scenario, Hyaluronic Acid is the coils, she says. “They resist compressive forces, and the less we are able to resist these forces, the harder it is for the skin to bounce back,” she says. For example, you know how sometimes you wake up in the morning and have that line from the pillow? The older you get, the longer it takes for that line to disappear. After your mid-30s, it can take at least an hour plus for that line to go away. Note to self: It’s good to invest in a silk pillowcase.

What You Eat Makes A Difference

A healthy diet is also integral to supporting the natural process of collagen production. Eat protein-rich foods from plant or animal sources to get amino acids. More nutrients that assist in the process of producing collagen are zinc, Vitamin C and copper. You’ll find these in fruits and vegetables. You’ll find zinc in dairy, red meat and poultry, along with beans, nuts, crab, lobster and whole grains. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, green and red peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and winter squash. Copper is in dark chocolate (yes!), leafy greens, shiitake mushrooms, nuts and seeds.

What You Don’t Eat Also Makes A Difference

You also want to avoid things that accelerate collagen damage, of course. Some things that are associated with creating a decline in collagen production are probably not a surprise to you. Smoking and UV rays are high on the list of things you should avoid. And what you don’t eat is important as well. Avoid eating foods that are high in sugar or reaching for a lot of refined carbohydrates. These can also have a negative effect on increasing collagen production.

Incorporate Retinol and Vitamin C Into Your Skincare Routine

1: Try A Complex

Dermatologist Dr. Tomi Lee Wall points out that retinol is one of the best-known boosters of collagen. The third step of the REVERSE Brightening Regimen is the Dual Active Brightening Complex, which combines Vitamin C and Retinol. The power pair works together to enhance radiance and reveal brighter skin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both retinoids and Vitamin C help improve the appearance the visible signs of aging on skin, often caused by decreased collagen levels.

2: Try A Serum

If a serum’s more your thing, try REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum. This skincare product is formulated with Retinal-MD Technology, a form of Vitamin A that’s more potent than Retinol, but gentle enough for daily use. This nighttime serum jump starts your skin’s natural renewing process to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revealing younger-looking skin. When adding any retinol product into your routine, it’s good to use it 2-3 nights a week and gradually amp up use up to every other evening. Always layer a nighttime moisturizer on top to minimize flaking.

The Case For Derma-Rollers

Dr. Wall says that a Derma-Roller is also an incredible tool for stimulating collagen. “Within your skin you have cells called fibroblasts, which are the makers of collagen,” Dr. Wall explains. “As you are derma-rolling, you create tiny areas of ‘trauma’ in the skin, which ‘tricks’ your fibroblasts to thinking they need to create more collagen,” she says. The micro-exfoliating, handheld Derma-Roller is part of the REDEFINE AMP MD System. The Derma-Roller uses micro-exfoliating tips to condition the uppermost layer of skin and boosts the performance of other products. This improves absorption and amplifies the results of Intensive Renewing Serum layered on top for smoother, firmer-looking skin.

As Always, Consistency Is Key

How long do you need to use a proper skincare regimen to see the results? It typically takes about a month for skin cells to turn over. So, a good rule of thumb is to follow your skincare Regimen consistently to see the visible results on your skin. Keep up with those morning and evening skincare routines and you’ll see youthful-looking, glowing skin before you know it.  

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid and how you can get your most radiant skin yet. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

Share this with friends or family members. It could save their skin — and boost their confidence.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information taken from The Skincare Source.

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