The rise of retinols and exfoliators have made way for a new beauty trend—gentle, nourishing products that strengthen the skin barrier which has been compromised due to the wrong use of actives, severe climate, pollution, and harsh cleansers.
But, What Is A Skin Barrier?
The skin Barrier, also known as the moisture barrier, is the top layer of skin that acts as a protective shield against environmental aggregators. A damaged skin barrier is usually dry, irritable, dehydrated and sensitive. Sometimes overuse of exfoliants and other potent actives can also weaken the skin barrier, making it prone to redness and dryness. Being kind to your skin, and improving skin’s microbiome is the best way to strengthen it. Microbiome is the good bacteria found on the skin that works hard to keep the bad stuff away and improve the texture and moisture. That’s why you need to ensure that your skin’s microbiome is healthy. These products packed with pre and probiotics (superfood for microbiome) will definitely help:
1. L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Triphase Essence
Packed with prebiotics, acmella oleracea and L’Occitane’s signature immortelle flower oil, this lightweight essence promises to protect the skin’s microbiome and delay signs of ageing. The triple-layered product has a perfectly divided ratio of water and oil that feels super comfortable on the skin. It’s best to apply to a clean face. Shake the bottle well to mix all the layers and spritz on your palms, gently pat in.
2. Gallinée Face Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is great for your gut, and when used in skincare products, it can soothe and exfoliate. This toner contains hibiscus infused ACV, along with prebiotics that encourages the growth of good bacteria, and lactic acid which is a mild AHA, and works even for sensitive skin.
3. Juice Beauty Prebiotix Instant Flash Facial
If you’re struggling with dull and dehydrated skin, give this exfoliating mask a try. It has patented Prebiotix Bio-Fermented Complex which is made with potent prebiotic ingredients that balance skin’s microbiome. The lime caviar and tartaric acid in it help in the exfoliation process. Avoid it if you have sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.
4. FCL Pre+Probiotic Body Lotion
Body care is as important as face care. As the name suggests, this lotion contains both pre and probiotics, and also peptides which are wonderful for your skin.
5. Aveeno Oat Repairing Cream
Dryness, sensitivity and irritation are common symptoms of a compromised skin barrier. Balancing skin’s microbiome helps in restoring moisture and soothing inflammation. Aveeno uses prebiotic oats that deeply moisturises skin and repairs it.
6. Dot&Key 72 Hrs Hydrating Gel + Probiotics
This soothing gel contains hyaluronic acid, Japanese rice water and probiotics that soothes skin and improves its texture. The prebiotics help balance the microbiome.
7. Daughter Earth Succulent Gel Moisturiser
This gel moisturiser has some interesting and effective ingredients like black tea ferment kombucha, Swiss apple stem cells, wild sea berry, chebula, tara fruit along with pumpkin, grape and pomegranate oils. This unique list supports skin’s moisture barrier, reduces inflammation, hydrates skin, and protects it from environmental aggravators.
8. SkinKraft Pre+Probiotic Skin Repair Night Cream
Lock in moisture and heal damaged skin with this soothing night cream. The key ingredient here is colloidal oatmeal which is an excellent humectant and repairs damaged skin.