Many brands have come out with products specifically meant to help your skin's moisture barrier, such as Lord Jones' Acid Mantle Repair—a thick, goopy cream to help lock moisture back into the skin. “This vital barrier also retains moisture to maintain your skin’s hydration levels," explains Lord Jones’ General Manager, Summer Frein. "A healthy acid mantle is slightly acidic, with a pH between 4.5 and 6.2. A depleted acid mantle makes your face more susceptible to irritants and future damage." Many things can throw the moisture barrier out of balance, like changes in weather, face masks, overly acidic products, and UV exposure. Wintertime is a particularly vulnerable period of year for the moisture barrier.
The secret to preserving and strengthening your skin's acid mantle, according to Frein, is to use products with specific ingredients that will help repair. "It’s best to avoid over cleansing or over exfoliating and to instead nourish the skin with essential skin barrier building blocks, like ceramides and oils rich in fatty acids," she says. Lord Jones Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer is also a great option, which “features a 5-ceramide complex that works in harmony with our full spectrum hemp-derived CBD extract and sunflower seed oil to rebalance skin." So next time you're thinking of purchasing a new moisturizer to help with perpetual dryness, look at the ingredients list for ceramides, which act like glue to fill in cracks in your skin's moisture barrier, plus skin-loving fatty acids and squalane, which mimics your skin's natural oils.
December 17, 2020