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!

 

~Learn more about Rodan + Fields 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.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

Send Me a Message

How to Build the Best Skincare Routine for Your Skin Needs

How to Build the Best Skincare Routine for Your Skin Needs

Skincare Done Right

Imagine a world where you don’t need to help your skin prevent wrinkles or acne. Wouldn’t it be great if your skin took care of itself? Well, unfortunately, that’s not the case, and it’s up to us to look after our skin by ensuring we take proper steps to improve skin health and address any skincare concerns head-on.

Skin is complex and its unique needs are complicated. Whatever results you aim to achieve, it’s essential to first know the facts before implementing a proper skincare Regimen.

5 Things To Consider Before Selecting and Starting a Skincare Routine

1 – Know What Your Unique Skin Concerns and Needs Are

You may have specific skin concerns like acne or discoloration. Or, you may be looking to take a preventative approach and more focused on maintaining healthy-looking skin. These concerns might differ from your friend who discovers a trending new product to use. You shouldn’t always use products recommended by your friends, social media, a magazine, etc. because not all products work for every skincare concern.

Having a routine can provide benefits for not only your skin but also for your mental health. Some people find that sticking to a skincare routine gives them a sense of control. Others like how it carves out a few minutes each morning and evening for some dedicated self-care.

Whether you are starting your skincare routine to address a skincare concern or to maintain your skin’s health, it’s important to implement a Regimen to follow consistently. Just like exercise, it’s important to be consistent to see results.

2 – Know Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is essential, as it will help you select your Regimen accordingly. If you don’t know your skin type, don’t worry. Here are some top tips on how to figure it out. One of the easiest ways to learn your skin type is to observe your skin after a few hours after taking a shower.

 Oily Skin: If you feel a little greasiness or shininess after a shower, you likely have oily skin.

 Dry Skin: If you experience flakiness or feel dry, you likely have dry skin.

 Combination Skin: If you have dry skin in some places and oily skin in others, like on the T-Zone, you likely have combination skin.

 Normal Skin: If you don’t sway into any of these categories, don’t worry. You likely fall under the “normal” skin category.

Knowing your skin type is important, as it helps you implement products that help keep dryness and oiliness under control, while still targeting any other skin concerns you may have.

3 – Stick to the Routine

No matter the reasons behind your skincare routine, compliance is the number one priority.

Make sure to be consistent with your Regimen, even if you are exhausted after a long day. This is the only way to achieve the best possible visible results on your skin.

4 – Address Your Main Skincare Concern

Like skin types, there are a variety of skin concerns that we experience. Here are some examples of common types:

  • Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles: We all age and with that, we start to see the visible signs of aging on the skin, like with fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and texture. If this is your main concern, look into implementing a Regimen that takes an anti-aging approach.
  • Sensitive Skin: Have visible redness or dryness? You may have sensitive skin that requires a little extra TLC. Implement a routine that calms and nurtures to protect skin instantly and overtime.
  • Acne: With triggers such as genetics, stress and hormones, acne is the most frequently diagnosed condition by dermatologists, affecting approximately 30-40% of adults. It’s important to implement a consistent routine that takes a full-face approach to acne. This is vital in breaking the acne cycle to eliminate current acne and prevent future blemishes from forming
  • Skin Discoloration: Spent too much time in the sun? Skin discoloration can appear, causing the surface to look dull and uneven. Use a Regimen that focuses on skin brightening to visibly reduce skin discoloration concerns for a more even-toned, radiant look.

5 – Follow the Directions

Let’s say you start to use a night cream that directs usage after facial cleansing and toning. It’s important to follow those directions because before the product launched, it was meticulously tested and perfected to work in a specific way. The instructions exist to help you achieve the best visible results possible on your skin.

It is almost important to follow the directions on the best time of day to apply a specific product. For example, it is not recommended to use products with anti-aging ingredient, Retinol, for your morning routine, as it can make skin more sensitive to the sun. Instead, Retinol is more likely included in nighttime products.

When selecting a multi-step skincare system, the products have been clinically-tested to work in conjunction with one another. Specific ingredients and technologies that work cohesively are selected for the formulas, which are then layered in a specific order to help deliver the best visible results possible. Designed to target adult acne, Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH Regimen uses this multi-step approach. In fact, each of the products has a number listed on the front to make it easy to follow.

Step-1: The process starts with clearing. Cleanser utilizes chemical exfoliation ingredient, Salicylic Acid, to refine skin to help prevent clogged pores, clear blemishes and nourish skin. Colloidal Sulfur works to balance the over-production of sebum that can congest pores and cause breakouts. Minerals nourish skin for a healthy-looking, more radiant complexion. (AM + PM)

Step-2: Next, it’s time to clarify. Refreshing toner exfoliates away dead skin cells with mild Alpha-hydroxy Acids to help clear pores and brighten skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid helps visibly firm skin while Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera help calm and soothe. (AM + PM)

Step-3: Next, it’s time to keep everything under control. Unique dual-chamber system delivers acne-fighting 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide to help clear and prevent blemishes and calming skin-nourishing ingredients to moisturize and visibly plump skin. (AM + PM)

Step-4: In the morning, it’s time for prevention. This mattifying, shine-free SPF helps reduce the appearance of shine and absorbs excess oil, so skin looks shine free, leaving a velvety smooth, dry touch, matte finish. Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic formula feels weightless on skin and works to defend against UVA and UVB rays. (AM only)

Top Tip on How to Remember the Right Order

Having trouble remembering the order of your routine? Here’s a quick tip. If you forget whether to use moisturizer or serum first, take a look at the consistency of the product. Products are typically applied from thinnest to thickness in consistency. For a typical skincare routine, always apply a cleanser first, then toner, serum, and moisturizer as the last step.

4 – Visible Results Take Time

Although there have been great advancements in the skincare science world, there is no such thing as an instant fix.

Your skin needs time to reap the benefits from consistent use of your skincare Regimen. Most products don’t tend to deliver visible results for at least four weeks. In many cases, you may need to wait eight weeks to see results.

5 – Skincare = Self-care

Skin is your largest organ. Just like any other part of your body, it needs to be taken care of. Whether you seek a Regimen designed to target anti-aging, acne, or another skincare concern, skincare should be a vital component of your life. It might take some time to find the right Regimen that best suits your skincare needs and concerns, when you do, you must remember the critical importance of compliance.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields Skincare 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.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

Send Me a Message

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.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

Send Me a Message

How Do I Know If I Have Sensitive Skin?

How Do I Know If I Have Sensitive Skin?

Dark Spot Corrector

Do I Have Sensitive Skin? 

Here’s the truth: Many people think that they have sensitive skin when in actuality, they do not. It can be confusing! Sensitive skin isn’t just about a little irritation from a product that doesn’t work well with our particular skin from time to time. Instead, sensitivity can manifest in several forms that include redness, dryness, and itchiness.

What are some advanced sensitive skin concerns? 

Sensitive skin can also skew more seriously. Sometimes people suffer from more advanced skin concerns—like eczema or atopic dermatitis—and yet, these issues fall within the wide range of what’s considered by dermatologists to be in the “sensitive skin” category.

Here, we’ll break down how to find out if you do, in fact, have sensitive skin, and if you do, what products work best to help you manage it while addressing your skincare goals and concerns. In other words, it’s all about finding the ideal sensitive skin routine for your skin.

What is sensitive skin and what are the symptoms of sensitive skin? 

Sensitive skin is not a skin disease, instead, it is a symptom of other concerns. “Condition of sensitive skin is complicated and caused by many factors, like barrier disruption and biome change. 20% of the population sees skin as being sensitive – anything from burning or stinging on application to scaling, redness, or rashes. Sensitive Skin has no limit,” says Dr. Kathy Fields. Some skin issues that you may deal with if you have sensitive skin:

  • Your skin easily gets irritated.
  • You have redness that doesn’t go away after several hours or even days.
  • You endure dryness and itchiness regularly.
  • Your skin easily gets sunburnt.
  • Your skin is prone to inflammation.

What Causes Sensitive Skin? 

There are many causes of sensitive skin. “For about 20%, it’s genetic, for others it results from a harsh environment or over-use of strong irritating products. Stress also plays a big role,” says Dr. Katie Rodan.

One is your external conditions. These include, for example, hot or cold temperatures, your exposure to sunlight, wind, chemicals or allergens.

Simply having dry skin can lead to your skin being more sensitive over time.

Contact dermatitis can cause skin sensitivity. Contact dermatitis is an itchy, red rash that can be caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it. Contact dermatitis isn’t life-threatening, nor is it contagious but it can be uncomfortable. Things like soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry, and plants can cause reactions like this.

Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. It’s a condition that makes skin red and itchy. Eczema is common in children, but it can also occur at any age. The condition is chronic and tends to flare periodically. Eczema may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever.

How do you find the best skincare routine for sensitive skin?

“Because skin conditions are so complicated, there isn’t a singular hero ingredient that will solve any problem, including sensitivity,” says Dr. Kathy Fields. Most importantly, when it comes to sensitive skin, less is more. You want to eliminate any possible irritants, so stick with a consistent regimen that works well for your skin and avoid any unnecessary steps. Protect your acid mantle and use products that support it.

Look for ingredients that are recommended by dermatologists that are used in over-the-counter products designed for dry skin treatment, skin redness treatment, and sensitive skin treatment. “SOOTHE is formulated with the correct ingredients to address the effects of skin sensitivity. With its hydrating, healing, and moisturizing ingredients, skin’s flexibility, adaptability, and natural repair mechanisms are improved, helping it to withstand the onslaught of aggressors,” says Dr. Katie Rodan. It contains skin protectants and skin soothers, like allantoin, colloidal oatmeal, bisabolol, and ceramides.

If your skin is sensitive, you want to opt for only fragrance-free, gentle formulas that won’t disrupt your skin barrier.

Last, you never want to skip SPF if you have sensitive skin. Sun protection is important for everyone. However, you want to ensure the least likelihood of irritation, so choose a mineral SPF to protect your skin daily.

Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Regimen

SOOTHE Regimen is ideal for those with sensitive skin. This 4-step routine calms dry, itchy skin so those with skin sensitivity can enjoy a night of better sleep. This regimen even works well for eczema and atopic dermatitis. Powered by our unique Multi-Med Therapy approach, SOOTHE uses the right ingredients that are formulated to work together, and be layered on the skin in the right order to soothe skin woes.

This routine helps to calm, rescue, and refresh skin from suffering from the effects caused by sensitivity round the clock. The regimen includes a Calming Gel Cleanser, Sensitive Skin Treatment, Moisturizing Rescue Cream, and Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

 Clinical Results:*

Results After 4 Weeks:

  • 76% had less visible blotchiness

Results After 8 Weeks: 

  • 100% had less visible dryness
  • 94% had smoother skin
  • Now calms dry, itchy skin for better sleep
  • Strengthens skin’s barrier
  • 78% of subjects with eczema agreed they had less bothersome itchiness
  • 82% noticed more even-looking skin texture
  • 79% noticed skin feels balanced and less sensitive
  • 71% agreed skin looks calmer and more relaxed
  • 30% better on visible redness

Learn more about Rodan + Fields 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.

PM me for the best options to suit your budget 🙂

*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

Send Me a Message

BEAUTY SLEEP IS IN YOUR FUTURE: HOW TO PREP FOR BED

BEAUTY SLEEP IS IN YOUR FUTURE: HOW TO PREP FOR BED

Hey, sleepyhead! Yes, you — we see you’ve been dozing off on the couch, in your clothes, or someplace other than in your bed. Where’s your nightly routine?

What’s that? You don’t have one?

If you research it for even for a minute, you’ll see that a consistent bedtime pattern produces optimal sleep, which can affect pretty much every aspect of your life, including your health. All it takes is a bit of planning. Before you close your eyes, create a snooze-inducing sleep environment and you’ll wake feeling rested every morning, not to mention rested-looking. Take out your bullet journal to track your progress and let’s get cozy!

How to Create a Nighttime Ritual

First things first — avoid caffeine, heavy meals and intense exercise three hours before you go to sleep. While caffeine is obvious, a full tummy and sweat session also stimulate body functions, making it harder to wind down. Herbal tea can be part of any nighttime ritual and enjoying it at approximately the same time every night, your body and mind will start to recognize it as a signal to relax.

We’re all familiar with “endless-scroll syndrome” — that gripping desire to find the non-existent bottom of your Twitter feed or watch just one more episode on Netflix. Phones, laptops, TVs, and tablets all emit blue light that suppresses melatonin, an essential hormone for quality sleep.

Instead, turn off your devices at least an hour before bed, two is even better. All it takes is one provocative news article to rev up your mind. And try sleeping with your phone in another room, just try it! It’s also a reason to use black-out shades to create a dark sleeping environment.

Skincare at Night

Like your mind and body, skin rejuvenates itself during deep sleep. (It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.) If you care about your complexion, stick to your nightly Regimen. If you’re just starting, it looks like this:

  1. Take off your makeup! Sleeping with the day’s grime, including 18-hour old makeup, is just not good for your skin. Try ESSENTIALS Instant Makeup Remover Wipes and ESSENTIALS Complete Eye Makeup Remover to get the gunk off first.
  • Wash your face and follow the rest of your Regimen steps. Using products in the right order is a ritual in and of itself, one that gives skin exactly what it needs so you can see the results you want.
  • Try our bubbling REDEFINE Rejuvenation Mask after your cleanser. It refreshes tired skin while Jojoba beads exfoliate for a radiant, clean feeling. Use up to three nights a week.
  • Any skin type can benefit from Active Hydration Serum, which attracts moisture to hydrate skin. Use between Step 2 and Step 3 of your Regimen (SOOTHE users, apply between Steps 1 and 2). If you have oily or combination skin, try this at night. Those with dry skin can apply it both in the AM and PM.
  • Finally, apply R+F Lash Boost every night for obsession-worthy lashes! Simply glide over your upper lash lines. And remember, less is more!

We strive to make skincare simple. Following your Regimen steps gives structure to a nighttime routine, which can improve sleep. Benefits of deep, rejuvenating rest are substantial. Start sleeping like a pro tonight — and waking up to the best skin of your life every morning.

 

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 Derm RF.

Send Me a Message