7 Skin Barrier Repair Creams -- and Why You Need One
If you have sensitive, dry or eczema- or rosacea-prone skin, you should be using a barrier repair cream. Here, we break down the latest and greatest
Even though your skin's barrier function is one of the least sexy skin care concerns imaginable, it's also one of the most important. And dermatologists and scientists have been busy researching ingredients and creating products that will help you get the best skin barrier possible.
"2016 is the year of the skin barrier," says Texas dermatologist Sherry Ingraham, M.D. "Your skin barrier is like a brick wall -- you want it to be as smooth as possible so it can reflect light and glow." Healthy barrier function also means quicker healing, less damage from things like sun and pollution and that your skin holds onto moisture longer. Essentially, the healthier your barrier, the healthier your skin.
If you have dryness or sensitivity, you'll definitely want to try one of these new creams with skin barrier repair technology -- but really, they're great for anyone with, well, skin. We should all be thinking about optimal skin barrier function -- even if it's unsexy AF.
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