Maybe you never thought about it, but the skin is the only thing that literally stands between you and the world. It extends over the whole body, protects you from harmful agents and holds all the water you need to ensure the right level of hydration. In few words, he is your personal super hero!
In particular, the surface layer of the skin (the stratum corneum of the epidermis) forms a real protective barrier made of epidermal cells and lipids, covered in turn by the hydrolipidic film, composed of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. This barrier protects us from chemical and biological irritation, UV rays, bacteria, microbes, allergens and toxins. How does it keep us healthy? The protective skin barrier helps us to:
- maintain the balance of fluids in the body, binding water when necessary and preventing loss of hydration
- regulate body temperature according to weather conditions
- notice dangers, absorbing pressure and pain
- defend the body from external aggressions
- regulate the percutaneous absorption of the various substances applied to the skin.
Imagine how important your role is in the middle of winter! When the barrier is in good condition, the skin is hydrated, smooth and radiant. But, despite being hard at work, the epidermis is very delicate and tends to thin with age: any damage can lead it to be more sensitive, dehydrated and vulnerable to external threats, therefore prone to skin irritation and relaxation.
So how do you keep your skin’s protective barriers high? We have compiled a list of 5 things to do to nourish the skin and keep the defenses high … even the most delicate one!
1. Keep it simple
Take a look at your skin: is it fat, dry, mixed? To take care of it, you must first find out the type of your skin and the skincare routine that suits you. Identified the type of products that suits you, choose those without alcohol or parabens and use them with sponges and brushes not too abrasive, to avoid damaging the skin. An additional technique to avoid compromising the permeability of the barrier? Use warm and not hot water … even in winter!
2. Read the label
Those with particularly sensitive skin already know it: you always have to take a look at the ingredients of the creams used. But this is true for everyone! You should prefer products with ingredients that nourish the skin, such as the lactobionic acid found in Biancamore products. It is an acid that can protect tissues from oxidative damage caused by free radicals and deeply nourish the skin … it is not a coincidence that Cleopatra and Poppea made beauty baths in milk! Deeply moisturizing the skin, the buffalo milk contained in our products is able to repair the functional barriers. If the skin of your face is particularly dehydrated, here is a very sweet wellness ritual for your face to be granted before going to sleep … ideal for moisturizing the skin, relaxing the mind and keeping the protective barriers of the epidermis high even with the lowest temperatures.
3. Limit the damage
To protect the skin, it is necessary to use products with ingredients that can minimize stress factors in the long run. An example? Choose products rich in antioxidants such as pomegranate and olive oil, such as body creams with buffalo milk and pomegranate or BIO olive oil Biancamore.
The polyphenols and vitamin E contained in olive oil help to bring together and neutralize free radicals that damage the skin causing it to age. In combination with vitamin A and lactobionic acid, they stimulate cell regeneration and give elasticity to the skin, fighting wrinkles, stretch marks and small blemishes such as dark spots caused by the sun!
Pomegranate, on the other hand, is appreciated worldwide for its antioxidant properties and, thanks to its many vitamins, slows down cellular aging processes and reduces hyper-pigmentation, age spots and wrinkles. Another ally against skin dehydration? Hyaluronic acid, the substance that “fills” the spaces between the cells keeping the skin hydrated and smooth. In practice, it is like a water sponge on the epidermis which decreases with age, which is why it must be used as skin nourishment, perhaps with our Giunone Face Mask with a moisturizing, elasticizing, smoothing, illuminating effect.
3. Eat healthy
The skin also reveals our physical well-being: to have a radiant skin, therefore, it is important to eat healthy foods, rich in omega 3 and vitamins, and replace harmful and pre-packaged snacks with nuts and seeds. What to add to the diet to have perfect skin? Avocado, blueberries, chia seeds, salmon, mango spinach, almonds … and, of course, lots of water!
5. Stress less!
Relaxation is the best defense. A paradox? Not if to relax you give yourself salt baths, moisturizing face masks and lymphatic massages. Plus, it’s proven that stress can age our skin for up to 10 years! This is caused by the high levels of stress hormones that weaken the follicles. Better then try to take breaks from the daily routine, release all tensions with physical activity and find, every day, a reason to be grateful rather than angry.
But the stress of our skin can also be caused by air pollution. A shield against smog and external chemical agents is our Athena Protective Face Mask, with a moisturizing and antioxidant effect, with tomato lycopene. Try it in the evening and wake up ready to face the city!
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