Why does skin get irritated?
Depending on your skin type, environment, and health, irritated skin could mean a couple of things. For example, maybe your skin gets very dry, rough, flaky, and even cracks and no amount of greasy products seem to give texture-changing hydration. Or, it’s possible your skin gets red, bumpy, and/or itchy with nothing seeming to soothe the burning sensation that comes with it.
Maybe your skin has endured a lot of stress over time that has led to a loss of color, scarring, or dark spots that seem to be permanent. It’s also very likely you have experienced a combination of many if not all of these skin irritations. No matter what skin irritation(s) you have experienced, it usually means one uncommonly known thing…
you have a broken skin barrier.
What is the skin barrier?
Before explaining everything the skin barrier does, it’s important to understand its structure. You probably already know that there are many layers of the skin, but it’s important to know that the 3 main layers are the epidermis (the topmost layer), dermis (the middle layer), and hypodermis (the bottom layer).
The outermost part of the epidermis is the skin barrier. Scientists describe it as being like a brick wall of skin cells bound together by essential nutrients that act like mortar. The “bricks” of the wall are referred to as coenocytes and contain keratin & natural moisturizers. The essential nutrients that act like “mortar” are known as lipids that contain cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides. In combination, these compounds are known as the skin’s “natural hydrating factor” because they keep the deeper layers of the skin nourished, hydrated, and protected.
What can cause a broken skin barrier?
To put it simply, there are 2 main important factors that can influence a broken skin barrier:
External Environmental Factors:
Dry or humid air, sun-exposure, allergens,
pollutants, and harsh chemicals from
low-quality skincare products.
Internal Health Factors:
Diet, stress, sleep,
and atopic dermatitis.
Why it’s so difficult to repair and maintain a strong skin barrier.
While there are tons of skincare brands to choose from, the quality of every brand’s products are not the same. Unfortunately, many brands focus on glamorous packaging, refreshing fragrances, and added shading to cover up skin irritations, but NONE of these things directly address the skin barrier.
While some brands have formulas that indirectly support the skin barrier, more often than not their formulas aren’t well balanced which makes them impractical to use daily (even though they may claim they are). For example, many cleansers remove dirt and oil too aggressively and wear down the skin barrier; most serums don’t contain the right ingredients to absorb into the deeper layers of skin; and many lotions and creams are uncomfortably greasy and clog pores leading to acne.
How the skin barrier can be strengthened in 3 steps?
Your skin must be prepared before hydrating it by removing dirt, oil, and pollutants that accumulate in your skin throughout the day. Whether you’re cleansing your face or body, we recommend using a cleanser that foams when applied because it removes impurities more effectively, is gentle on the skin, and lasts longer. If impurities remain in your skin for too long, they can cause irritation that can damage the skin barrier.
Feed the deeper
layers of skin
Once your skin is cleansed and prepped, it’s time to nourish the deeper layers of the skin. Having a serum that easily absorbs into the skin will ensure that even the deepest of skin layers receive the nourishment and hydration they desperately need . After applying a serum, let it absorb in your skin for 60 seconds before applying lotions or creams.
Keep hydration in,
and irritants out
Unfortunately, serum and oils are not enough for the skin barrier to hold hydration alone. After letting the serum absorb into your skin for nourishment, it’s time to seal everything in with a cream. By sealing nourishment, the skin barrier has enough support to keep the good things from escaping and the bad things from entering.
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Honey Skin Facial Set
Eczema Honey Facial Cleanser:
Gently cleanses dirt and oil away without stripping the skin barrier to minimize irritation or itchiness. Fragrance free.
Eczema Honey Nourishing Facial Serum:
Give your skin an extra dose of hydration and soothing with our antioxidant rich Facial Serum designed to deeply moisturize skin that's dry or stripped.
Eczema Honey Soothing Facial Cream:
Instantly hydrate, calm, and soften skin with our Facial SoothingCream. Fragrance free.
Eczema Honey Facial Cleanser
“Nice and gentle face wash!
- Laura C.
“I didn't think finding a perfect facial cleanser would be possible… This brand has truly changed my life and has made me feel more comfortable in my skin.”
- Laura C.
“It's soothing ingredients calms my dryness and cleans my face.
It doesn't leave my face dry and tight.”
- Kimberly A.
Eczema Honey Nourishing Facial Serum
“It is very hydrating without
- Laurn H.
“My face feels moisturized, but it doesn’t feel heavy on my face, and my makeup still goes on as usual because it’s not greasy and it soaks in nicely.”
- Jordan B.
“I am absolutely obsessed with this product the only thing I have tried to add moisture to my extremely dry skin.”
- Jenna B.
Eczema Honey Soothing Facial Cream
“It is very hydrating without
- Laurn H.
“Deeply hydrating, I use this on my face and it never breaks me out, is so lightweight but gives my face so much hydration.
My favorite face cream!”
“This cream has been the only thing that has helped with the dry itchy patches. It’s soothing and goes on really nicely.”
- Dominique R.
Honey Body Set
Eczema Honey Soothing Body Wash:
Daily, ultra-mild body wash that nurtures, hydrates, and softens dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skin without stripping skin of natural oils. Gently cleanses dirt and debris, without leaving a residue.
Eczema Honey Antioxidant Body Oil:
Nourishes and cocoons sensitive, itchy, eczema-prone skin, while providing an abundance of healthy antioxidant benefits that you’ll not want to be without. It envelopes your skin with a plentitude of anti-aging nutrients that soothe and condition the skin.
Eczema Honey Oatmeal Body Lotion:
Crafted to achieve the right balance of hydration and feel. Powered by 1% colloidal oatmeal and honey, this gentle formula provides moisture and soothing comfort to skin. It is a cooling and soothing treatment for irritated and itchy skin that can be applied anywhere on skin.
“Leaves you feeling soft and silky without being greasy”
- Amanda J.
“I love how gentle this lotion is while still being so effective!”
- Mary A.
“A little goes a looooong way with this lotion”
- Ashley K.