Skin Barrier Repair

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Some of you may remember during my perioral dermatitis debacle of 2020 that my skin barrier was not happy for a fair part of last year. It stemmed from the perfect storm of issues, but honestly, overuse of skincare products was the main culprit. It’s easy to do these days, right? We are bombarded with new! and! unique! products! designed to give you your best! skin! ever! (You hear a lot about them here, obviously. #myapologies)

However, the influx of mega exfoliators and acid toners over the past few years has really influenced the way some of us approach skincare in a fairly brash way. Well, newsflash, many of us can’t handle it. I couldn’t handle it. I completely compromised my skin barrier with products too strong for my sensitive skin.

So, what should we be doing if our skin is sensitized and unhappy from the overuse of skin products? Well, we should stop using some of them. This practice can be as easy as paring your routine down to your cleanser and moisturizer, which is what I did for a while and it worked. (Once your skin barrier is healthy and happy, you can absolutely add treatment serums back into your routine, but I recommend one at a time so you can observe how your skin reacts.)

If your current products are hurting more than helping, might I introduce you to Barrier Culture by The Nue Co? It’s a universal, preventative approach to skin health that rebuilds the skin barrier using clean ingredients + sustainable materials while reducing consumption and waste. (YAY FOR SUSTAINABILITY.)

Barrier Culture by The Nue Co

Barrier Culture works in 4 ways:

1. Simplify your routine – Using patented technology, the cleanser and moisturizer address over 90% of skin issues in two steps.

2. Repopulate the topical microbiome – Rebuilds the skin’s microbiome with a proprietary blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics to support the trillions of microbes (bacteria) that help to maintain pH balance and protect the skin.

3. Lock in moisture – Delivers instant gratification to dry or dehydrated skin, while long-term use reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, deeply nourishing the skin.

4. Protect against pollution – Uses anti-pollution ingredients while offering a condensed skincare routine that reduces landfill waste and subsequent airborne pollution.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, though. How do these products hold up?

Barrier Culture Cleanser

For me to place a daily cleanser in the upper echelon of Whoorl-approved products, it must do two things:

1. It must lather.
2. It must remove all of my eye makeup.

These are non-negotiables for me. Of course, I love a good oil cleanse now and again, but when we are talking about a quick, daily workhorse cleanser, I need a good lather and I need to be able to use it on my eye area without irritation. #contactlenswearersunite

The Barrier Culture Cleanser replaces the need to double-cleanse – it deeply cleans the skin, removing dirt, pollution, and makeup, all without stripping or disrupting the skin’s pH.

Also, yes, it foams, but not due to soap or sulfates! It’s both soap-free and sulfate-free and actively repairs the skin barrier while replenishing the topical microbiome by using prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to leave your skin balanced, smooth, and nourished. I’m a huge fan.

Barrier Culture Moisturizer

Using patented technology, the Barrier Culture Moisturizer repopulates the topical microbiome, protects against pollution, and locks in moisture with Squalane, Niacinamide, and a complex of peptides, ceramides and prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.

This seemingly simple moisturizer plumps and hydrates my skin without going over the top. It plays super well with my sunscreen and gives my skin moisture without any traces of greasiness or residue.

It’s an especially fantastic moisturizer for the warmer months because while hydrating, it’s also super lightweight. As I said, I love to apply it before my sunscreen. (My sunscreen picks are here!)

Also, my teenage son uses this line and it performs very well for his sensitive, eczema-prone skin. A win-win all around. As always, let me know if you have any questions!