Let’s talk damaged skin. It happens to the best of us and there are definitely ways to speed up the healing process for the skin!
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When it comes to damaged skin, most of the time it is the skin’s barrier that is being referred to. The purpose of the skin’s barrier is to, put most simply, keep the good things in and the bad things out. When your skin’s barrier is compromised, you’ll most likely notice one or more of these signs: redness, increased sensitivity, itchiness, dry patches, etc. How does the barrier get damaged you ask? By a multitude of things! Over-exfoliating is a common one, but I most recently damaged my skin’s barrier by using a skincare product that didn’t agree with my skin. When this happens, it’s important to know what to do and how to fix it. So let’s get to some of my tips and product recommendations!
Tip #1: Gently Cleanse and Tone
What’s a fast way to irritate the skin? To use harsh cleansers and neglect your toning step. At this point, I feel like a lot of us know the importance of opting for a more gentle cleanser but it’s also extremely vital to tone properly. Toning sets the foundation for the rest of your skincare routine. Not only does it balance the skin and add immediate moisture, but it also sweeps away any excess oil, dirt, and makeup so your following skincare products can work more effectively on your skin. For this post, I’ll be recommending a lot of products from the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Line. This line is awesome for sensitive skin because it features hero-ingredients like centella asiatica, hyaluronic acid, and nano-ceramides. It’s also artificial fragrance and colorant free! For this step, I’d specifically recommend the Hyalu-Cica Brightening Toner. This toner is super water so it’ll be fast absorbing and it also has a soothing cooling sensation. With toning, you can use it multiple ways! You can use it on a cotton pad to lightly swipe across the skin, you can pat it directly into the skin, and you can layer it on several times to get a higher hydrating effect.
Tip #2: Use Serums That Focus on Moisture
The serum step in you skincare routine is meant to be the most concentrated step. Since we’re focusing on moisture and rebuilding the skin’s barrier, I’d recommend the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum. It features all the wonderful ingredients I mentioned above and like the name implies, it glides onto the skin like water. There’s absolutely no stick! One thing I’d absolutely stay away from are products that contain any actives. Since we’re in recovery mode, you want to take a break from anything that might be irritating or has any type of exfoliant.
Tip #3: Seal Everything in Overnight
Our skin does the most regenerating overnight. Because of this, adding a sealing and moisturizing layer on top is a must! I know what you’re thinking… I hate sticky and heavy products on my skin (especially during the warmer summer months). But again, this is why I’ve been loving the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack. This is the lightest texture sleeping pack I’ve ever tried! So again, it has an amazing watery and cooling sensation. On top of the centella asiatica, hyaluronic acid, and nano-ceramids, this also features melatonin. Melatonin is something that relaxes and calms stressed skin. Altogether, this is the perfect recipe for recovered skin!
Tip #4: When is Doubt, Moisturize
Have I mentioned how important it is to moisture that skin when it is in need of rehabilitation? This is because moisture helps to restrengthen the building blocks of the skin! Besides all the previous steps I mentioned, another thing you can do is use a sheet mask. Now the actual sheet mask matters for this! It’s vital that you opt for one that is higher quality in not only material, but ingredients as well! That’s why I’d recommend the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Water Gel Sheet Ampoule Masks. These sheet masks are made out of bamboo! Bamboo holds moisture better, unlike cotton sheet masks which can leach moisture back out of the skin if left on too long. When my skin is irritated, one of my favorite things to do is store my sheets masks in the fridge! The coolness helps with inflammation and feels amazing on angry skin!
So these are my main tips when it comes to healing damaged skin. These are pretty simple, but it’s important to stay consistent and opt for more gentle skincare products. A big thank you to SKIN1004 for partnering with me on this post. I was super excited to work with them on this concept because they are the OG centella asiatica brand! What a perfect pair! Best of luck on your skin’s recovery! It does take time, care and patience so stick with it!