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How to protect your skin barrier

Your skin has a tough job, especially your uppermost layer, the skin barrier, which is your first line of defence from environmental aggressors such as UV exposure and pollution. If it’s compromised or weakened, you may find it becomes irritated or sensitive. Dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry shares her pick of CeraVe products to keep it happy and healthy. - can we use this

How to protect your great protector – your skin barrier

Why your skin’s barrier is important

At its healthiest and best, your skin barrier will retain water, locking in hydration, while also defending your body from environmental threats. It’s made up of lipids (oils) and fats, including ceramides, and when these become low your skin’s barrier function can be weakened, compromising its ability to retain water and causing your skin to look dry and dull. Chemicals can also penetrate it, increasing your skin’s sensitivity and often causing inflammation and redness. Stocking up on ceramide-rich products could however be the answer.

How to protect your great protector – your skin barrier

What products can help to keep it healthy

What products can help to keep it healthy

All CeraVe skincare products are enriched with a blend of three essential ceramides (ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II), along with fatty acids and other lipids, to help replenish the skin’s existing ceramides and strengthen its barrier function. To keep your skin’s surface clear of dirt, dust and excess oil without stripping it of moisture or causing any damage, use a gentle cleanser rather than an abrasive scrub.

Dr. Michelle Henry says: “The CeraVe Cream-to-Foam Cleanser contains an amino acid-based surfactant that helps to cleanse the skin while replenishing the skin’s Natural Moisturising Factor. It is a rich, dense cream foam that feels elegant and cleans effectively.”

CeraVe Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

She adds: “Stripping skincare can disrupt the skin barrier function, whilst this formulation helps to support it for healthy skin. The foaming mechanism helps to lift dirt and oil more effectively; however, the use of a gentle surfactant leaves the skin hydrated not stripped.”

CeraVe Moisturising Cream

The CeraVe Moisturising Cream is a rich cream designed to maintain the skin barrier and lock-in moisture for up to 24-hour hydration. It is specifically formulated to moisturise dry sensitive skin and delivers controlled, lasting hydration even in the hasher winter months. For a lightweight alternative that offers the same intense hydration, try our CeraVe Moisturising Lotion.

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