Protecting Your Skin Barrier: Tips and Strategies

At Hermoso, we understand the importance of a healthy skin barrier for maintaining overall skin health and preventing various skin problems. In this article, we'll provide you with detailed information on what the skin barrier is, why it matters, and how to protect it from damage and deterioration.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier, also known as the stratum corneum, is the outermost layer of the skin that acts as a physical and chemical barrier between the internal and external environments. It consists of dead skin cells (corneocytes) embedded in a matrix of lipids (fats) and other natural moisturizing factors (NMFs).

The skin barrier serves several crucial functions, including:

  • Preventing water loss and maintaining skin hydration
  • Regulating body temperature and preventing heat loss
  • Protecting against harmful substances, such as allergens, irritants, and pathogens
  • Maintaining skin pH and preventing the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and fungi
  • Providing a smooth, soft, and flexible surface for sensation and appearance 

Why does the skin barrier matter?

When the skin barrier is damaged or compromised, various skin problems can arise, such as dryness, itching, redness, flaking, scaling, cracking, and inflammation. Some of the common causes of skin barrier damage include:

  • Harsh soaps, detergents, and other cleansing agents strip away the natural lipids and NMFs
  • Hot water, long showers, and excessive scrubbing weaken the corneocytes and disrupt the lipid matrix
  • Environmental factors, such as cold weather, dry air, wind, and UV radiation, deplete the skin's moisture and antioxidant reserves
  • Medical conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne, that impair the skin barrier function and increase the risk of infections
  • Aging, which reduces the skin's ability to produce and retain lipids and NMFs, leading to a thinner, drier, and less resilient skin barrier

Therefore, protecting your skin barrier is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant, and resilient skin.


How to protect your skin barrier

There are several ways to protect your skin barrier and prevent or reduce skin problems. Here are some tips and strategies you can use:

Use gentle and pH-balanced cleansers

Choose cleansers that are mild, non-foaming, and pH-balanced (around 5.5) to avoid stripping away the natural lipids and NMFs from your skin. Look for ingredients that enhance the skin barriers function, such as ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, and glycerin. Avoid harsh scrubbing, hot water, and excessive cleansing, especially on sensitive areas like the face, neck, and hands.

Moisturize regularly and effectively

Use moisturizers that contain a balanced blend of lipids and NMFs to replenish and enhance the skin barrier. Look for ingredients that attract and retain water, such as hyaluronic acid, urea, glycerin, and sodium PCA. Apply moisturizers immediately after cleansing or bathing, while your skin is still damp, to lock in the moisture. Reapply as needed, especially in dry or cold environments.

Avoid or minimize exposure to irritants and allergens

Identify and avoid or minimize exposure to substances that can damage or irritate your skin, such as harsh chemicals, fragrances, dyes, and metals. Wear protective clothing and gloves when handling irritants or allergens, such as cleaning products, cosmetics, and jewelry. Use barrier creams or ointments, such as zinc oxide or petrolatum, to protect your skin from contact with irritants or allergens.

Protect your skin from the sun

UV radiation from the sun can damage the skin barrier by inducing oxidative stress and inflammation, and by degrading the collagen and elastin fibers that support the skin structure. Therefore, it's important to protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, seeking shade during peak hours, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds and lamps. No Sebum Sun Gel - the ultimate solution for your daily sun protection needs! This amazing sun gel is specially formulated to provide you with broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while also helping to control excess sebum production and leaving your skin feeling matte and fresh.

Skincare products to help repair the skin barrier

Here are some of our skincare top picks to keep your skin barrier health intact:

EPL Cure Cream XD - the ultimate solution for your skincare needs! This amazing cream is specially formulated with the highest quality ingredients to provide you with smooth, clear, and radiant skin.


Hydro Facial Foam, is the best solution for your daily skincare routine! This fantastic cleanser is specifically formulated to deeply cleanse your skin, leaving it feeling fresh, revitalized, and glowing.

Squeeze Green Watery Toner - the perfect solution for your daily skincare routine! This amazing toner is specifically formulated to hydrate, soothe, and refresh your skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple, and rejuvenated.


Boost your skin barrier with supplements and treatments

There are several supplements and treatments that can boost your skin barrier function and enhance its protective and moisturizing properties. Some examples include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in fatty fish, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation and improve skin hydration and elasticity.
  • Ceramide supplements: Oral or topical ceramides, which are natural components of the skin barrier, can enhance the skin's moisture retention and resilience.
  • Hyaluronic acid injections: Injecting hyaluronic acid, a natural NMF, into the skin can hydrate and plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our Hyaluronic Ampoule is the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine, providing your skin with deep hydration and nourishment. This amazing product contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, a powerful ingredient that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, making it the ultimate solution for dry and dehydrated skin.


Protecting your skin barrier is crucial for maintaining healthy, radiant, and resilient skin. By using gentle cleansers, moisturizing regularly and effectively, avoiding irritants and allergens, protecting your skin from the sun, and boosting your skin barrier with supplements and treatments, you can optimize your skin's natural defenses and reduce the risk of various skin problems.



What is the skin barrier and why is it important?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin, made up of cells and lipids that form a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss and block out harmful substances. It is important because it helps maintain the skin's health and appearance, protects against environmental stressors, and prevents irritation and inflammation.

What are some common causes of a compromised skin barrier?

There are several common causes of a compromised skin barrier, including excessive cleansing, overuse of exfoliants or scrubs, exposure to harsh weather conditions, using skincare products with harsh ingredients, and certain medical conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.


What are the signs of a compromised skin barrier?

Signs of a compromised skin barrier may include dryness, redness, flakiness, rough texture, increased sensitivity, and a higher risk of developing acne or other skin conditions. The skin may also appear dull or lackluster and may feel tight or itchy.