Over the last few years, I have seen a trend in skin care. Many people have compromised skin barriers, often as a result of home care regimens that are far too aggressive. They see their skin as sensitive but in reality, it is overly sensitized from using harsh ingredients.
With every client that we consult with, we help them to find the most effective, active ingredients for their skin type and we balance those products and ingredients that nourish and restore the skin. Every element of their protocol is handpicked to help target specific skin concerns and work to build up the skin's barrier.
What is the skin barrier & how can we support it?
The outermost layer of our skin is called our skin's barrier. Not only is it the part of the skin that we see first, it is our first line of defense against environmental pollutants that wreak havoc on our skin. Pollution, toxic chemicals, irritants, UV rays and free radicals are all filtered by our skin barrier, assuming it is healthy! A damaged barrier leaves our skin vulnerable to these irritants, and our skin becomes inflamed, appears less healthy, and is visibly compromised. A healthy barrier looks radiant and retains moisture. It has a healthy elasticity and appears plump.
How does barrier damage occur?
Barrier damage is a result of many things. Factors such as too much sun, poor diet, lack of exercise, the overuse of drugs or alcohol, and poor dental hygiene can cause a damaged barrier. More specifically, damage is often caused by harsh or toxic ingredients in skin care products. These products overstimulate and over exfoliate the skin's barrier.
How can we fix our barrier?
Barrier support is improved by using a good daily moisturizer and wearing a natural sunscreen, keeping in mind that 90% of premature aging is caused by inflammation and sun exposure. When we design a custom skin care protocol for you, we work to fortify the skin's barrier by bringing balance to the skin, which includes reduces inflammation and skin sensitivity. We do this by recommending specially chosen nourishing ingredients such as Stem Cells, Antioxidants and Healing Peptides. Every single protocol that we design contains ingredients that support the skin barrier and work to improve it.
At AOS, we choose products that leave out toxins, harsh fragrances, parabens & Sulfates. Our hand-curated collection includes products rich in nutrients and active ingredients that support your skin's natural regenerating processes.