A Stronger Skin Barrier for A Healthier You
Did you know that skin isn’t just there to make you look fabulous? It is also a super important barrier, protecting the insides of our bodies. In fact, most of us don’t realize that our skin is constantly battling pollution, scratches, irritants, UV light, bacteria (yuk!) and more! It does all this for us, all this while trying to look great in the process.
While our skin is playing such an important role in keeping us healthy and looking good--a strong and healthy skin barrier is important for women of all ages. How we take care of our skin is something to pay special attention to as we move into menopause and beyond. Studies have shown that as estrogen levels drop approaching and during menopause, the outer layer of our skin actually becomes thinner, which weakens its ability to perform as a barrier for our bodies. How do we reverse this skin deterioration trend? We realize it is even more important to protect and fortify our skin’s barrier function as we approach and pass through menopause. But how do we do that?
P&G’s Beauty scientists have revealed 4 important elements key to supporting a healthy skin barrier.
At SeeMe Beauty, we believe these 4 elements are so important that each one deserves its own deep dive in separate blogs—so we are creating a 5-Part Series: The Effects of Menopause on Skin.
But we won’t leave you wondering (that kind of suspense would be too much for us!), we are going to kick it off by sharing:
Series 1: 4 Key Elements to Supporting a Healthy Skin Barrier
This just makes sense, really. If our skin is getting thinner it can’t hold as much moisture. So, it becomes very important for us to nourish our skin by replenishing the moisture that is getting lost faster, and protecting against moisture loss whenever possible.
2. Healthy Fats
That’s right, healthy fats. We’ve all been hearing so much about eating healthy fats, but did you know that your skin naturally contains its own healthy fats? (Scientists call those skin fats lipids). Lipids are actually an important part of the “mortar” that makes up the “bricks” (skin cells) and “mortar” of your skin barrier.
3. Defenses against Bacteria
Skin’s role in the defense of bacterial invasion is one that has been getting a lot of press lately, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is always important to make sure that our defenses are as strong as they can be against potentially damaging or harmful bacteria.
Despite our best efforts, our skin is constantly battling insults from the world around us. So we need to make sure that we are properly promoting healing for our body to repair itself. If we do this well, it can sometimes even come back better than before!
Stay tuned for the next deep dive in the Effects of Menopause on Skin Series: we kick it off next time with hydration!