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Understanding Skin Barrier Function Ultimately Changes Your Skin Care Routine Completely



Most of us know that moisturizing your skin is very important. But do we know how important it is?

Today we discuss skin barrier health and how it’s connected to our overall health.


Let’s start by getting to know what is the skin barrier. It is made up of skin cells called corneocytes that act as bricks. These cells are bound with cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides. Without them, many harmful toxins from our environment can penetrate your skin and cause negative effects inside your body.

Without the protection of the skin barrier, the water inside your body will escape then leave you dehydrated.


So the question is, what can damage your skin barrier and how do you know if it’s damaged?

  • Extremely humid/dry environment

  • Air pollutions

  • Too much sun exposure

  • Stress, etc.

These are the most known factors to be aware of if you believe your skin barrier may be damaged; your skin will be dry, itchy, rough texture, discolored patch, acne, inflamed areas, etc.


In order to protect and improve your skin barrier health, keeping your skincare routine simple plays an important role.

If you are applying a complicated daily skincare routine, there is the possibility that it is weakening your skin barrier inadvertently. To declutter your skincare routine, first, you need to identify what the main issue that may be causing skin barrier damage.


“Strip your skincare routine back and keep it simple,”

“Think cleanser, moisturizer and SPF"


Although there is no need to change your routine dramatically. Our skin takes time to get used to each product and get under control. It is important to take it slow and gives space to the skin to adjust.


Katherine Mackenzie Paterson also said,

“Like everything in life, a healthy skin barrier is all about moderation and balance,”

“Try to avoid any triggers that have caused it in the past, and don’t chop and change the products you’re using every five minutes.” - “7 Expert Tips On How To Repair Your Skin Barrier”, British VOGUE.


To start with, find THE facial oil that works best for you. Most people stray from using facial oils in fear that it may clog their pores but many people also don't know that oily skin can be caused by not hydrating your skin enough. The truth is, no matter your skin type, applying the right plant-based facial oil will absolutely change your skin. Plant-based oils are the fats extracted from plants and seeds. These fats hey contain magical nutrients such as essential fatty acids (EFAs), vitamins and antioxidants to strengthen the skin barrier, and slow down aging of the skin. As we get older, the lipids that hold the bricks together decrease. Adding plant-based oils to your skincare routine will help recharge these effects.


Below is a lists of plant oils that have major benefits to repair, and improve your skin's texture, feel, and tone.

  • Jojoba oil

  • Rose-hip oil

  • Coconut oil

  • Almond oil

  • Argan oil

  • Sunflower oil

Our opinion may be biased, but we believe that Kiwa Studio's Revitalizing Facial Oil is the best product to help heal your skin barrier. Though facial oils cannot moisturize your skin, they can effectively hydrate and provide your skin with numerous antioxidants that can help nurture and heal your skin. RFO is a blend of 4 organic, cold-pressed oils (Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Orange Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil). Visit our website and Instagram to follow up for further information and to purchase.


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