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How to Repair Your Skin Barrier

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 10, 2021
How to Repair Your Skin Barrier

Keep the dullness away and the moisture in place with these skincare products

You’ve likely heard all the basic skincare rules - moisturize regularly, don’t exfoliate too often, never skip even one night of your beauty routine. Each step has a unique effect on your skin, yet all are associated with one common goal: to protect your skin barrier. Also known as the stratum corneum, this barrier represents the uppermost layers of skin, and is basically the deciding factor between glowing, gorgeous skin or dryness and dullness. Think of it like a brick wall that protects the skin layers underneath, and causes your complexion to freak out when tiny cracks start to form. These holes allow moisture to quite literally slip through the cracks, resulting in the parched, dull, and acne-prone skin that nobody loves. Ew. The dropping temperatures in the chilly seasons make your skin barrier especially prone to damage, hence the winter dullness and dryness. However, there are plenty of skincare products to repair the skin barrier and prevent future damage. Many of them even double as eczema or stressed skin creams! Give your skin barrier the love it deserves with the best repairing products on MIRA BEAUTY.

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil, $9

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil
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Let’s just get this out of the way - you should be using exfoliators as little as possible when your skin barrier is weakened. Especially with Salicylic or Glycolic Acids that can be tough on your sensitive skin. If you simply must exfoliate once a week as your barrier heals itself, you should do it with the Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil. Instead of harsh BHA’s or AHA’s, this scrub is formulated with conditioners and a vitamin complex to give your skin the nutrients it needs to heal - all while removing the dirt, oil, and dead skin that gets trapped within the pores. The result isn’t just a healthy barrier, but smooth and glowing skin that never goes out of style. 100% of MIRA guests say that Extra Gentle Daily Scrub is pore-minimizing, gentle, and good for sensitive skin.

Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream by First Aid Beauty, $30

Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream by First Aid Beauty
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The dynamic duo for repairing the skin’s moisture barrier? Ceramides and Cholesterol. These are lipids that bio-mimic the natural composition of the skin barrier, helping to strengthen and maintain its healthy state to keep the redness, dryness, and dullness away… and you’ll find them in the BarriAIR Renewal Complex by First Aid Beauty! Skinfluencer and TikTok star Hyram Yarbro used this product for a while when his skin was “really disrupted,” as the mousse-like, light-as-air texture of this gel feels extremely refreshing and gives your skin the protection it deserves. And if it’s good enough for Hyram Yarbro’s skincare routine, it’s definitely good enough for yours. BarriAIR also contains Propanediol and Triple-Weight Hyaluronic Acid to plump, smooth, and moisturize multiple layers of the epidermis, along with Colloidal Oatmeal and Licorice Extract to deeply condition and soothe stressed skin. Hyram gives major kudos to BarriAIR for the lightweight, barely-there texture, as most moisturizers designed to repair the skin barrier are “very thick, very heavy, very intense.” Our MIRA community agrees, with 93% of guests saying that this cream is lightweight, and 91% agreeing that it’s gentle on all skin types.

Barrier Repair by Dermalogica, $47

Barrier Repair by Dermalogica
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Designed specifically for sensitive skin with barrier damage, this hydrating moisturizer by Dermalogica brings health and hydration to your complexion. It contains an exclusive UltraCalming Complex with Oat and botanical actives to minimize the “tight” feeling that comes with a dry and damaged barrier, along with more ingredients to shield against environmental stress.  Oil of Evening Primrose, Borage Seed Oil and vitamins C and E all work together to protect against free radical damage and restore the holes in your skin barrier. As a result, your skin will be energized and more exquisite than ever! Barrier Repair also creates a smooth, even base on the skin that’s ideal to use as a makeup primer. 93% of MIRA guests say that this moisturizer is hydrating, relieves redness, and gentle on sensitive skin.

Squalane + Omega Repair Cream by Biossance, $58

 Squalane + Omega Repair Cream by Biossance
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Biossance is a must-have in Jonathan Van Ness’s skincare routine, and it should be in yours too. Who can you trust more than Queer Eye’s in-house grooming expert? Oh right, MIRA - which is why the Squalane + Omega Repair Cream also has top community ratings for brightness, hydration, and reducing acne. This ceramide-rich moisturizer contains Acai Berry Sterols, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter to nourish and hydrate the skin - providing JVN levels of glow while repairing the skin’s natural moisture barrier, and helping to smooth out fine lines. A youthful, dewy glow is only a few morning applications away, and you can also add the Biossance eye cream to your beauty collection for a refreshed appearance that makes you look healthy and happy. Give your skin barrier the love it deserves, and start grooming yourself the Jonathan Van Ness way - it’s a win-win!

Skin Renewing Night Cream by CeraVe, $14

Skin Renewing Night Cream by CeraVe
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“This is a thick cream that has ceramides to help rebuild the skin barrier. I would also look into a cleanser that isn’t stripping and doesn’t foam or include detergents.” Would it really be a list of skincare products that repair the moisture barrier without CeraVe? No way. Each product from the brand contains three essential Ceramides, the natural substance within the body that makes up 50% of the skin barrier. These restore, hydrate, and protect - with a little help from other powerhouse skincare ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and Peptides. Once you start applying this PM cream, you’ll instantly notice brighter, younger, smoother and more hydrated skin… letting your skin renew itself overnight the CeraVe way.

Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer by Farmacy, $45

Honey Halo Ultra-Hydrating Ceramide Moisturizer by Farmacy
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Sure, winter is the most wonderful time of the year when you’re bundled up in blankets and watching holiday movies with hot cocoa. But it becomes a bit less fun when your skin barrier begins to freak out due to dropping temperatures. There’s a good chance that your skin will become even more dry as winter progresses, and this formula by Farmacy replenishes stressed skin while providing lasting hydration. The main ingredient? Buckwheat Honey With Propolis and Royal Jelly Blend, known for its soothing and humectant properties that provide intense moisture and antioxidants. You’ll also receive Fig Fruit Extract and Osmolytes to lock in moisture and plump the skin - smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles as a Potent Ceramide Blend nourishes the moisture barrier and prevents further dryness. But seriously, honey is one of the sweetest skincare ingredients ever… and our MIRA community can’t get enough of this moisturizer for barrier repair by Farmacy.

Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer With Ceramides by Drunk Elephant, $60

Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer With Ceramides by Drunk Elephant
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“This multifaceted rescue cream provides replenishing barrier support by reinforcing the skin's acid mantle and defending against the effects of everyday stressors.” This is right from the Drunk Elephant website, and this quote definitely doesn’t do the Lala Retro cream justice. This moisturizer is infused with six African Oils to rejuvenate and intensely hydrate, along with a Plant Ceramide Complex to replenish the skin barrier and defend against environmental stress. Did we mention that antioxidant-rich Green Tea soothes the skin and defends against early signs of aging? Get in the mood to radiate and repair with one of the best Drunk Elephant skincare products - which 92% of MIRA guests agree is hydrating and great for sensitive skin.

ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream by Sunday Riley, $65

 ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream by Sunday Riley
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Did you know that ceramides were one of the top skincare ingredients of 2020, with more than 200,000 searches on Google? It’s not exactly surprising, as most of us spent the year inside dealing with Maskne and more skin barrier damage than ever. Yikes. It’s a good thing that Sunday Riley exists, and the ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream is formulated with nourishing ingredients to repair, protect, and soothe. Rich yet ultra-lightweight, this moisturizer uses Beetroot and Coconut Extract to attract moisture into the skin. Meanwhile, you also have Ceramides, Vitamin F, and Pomegranate Sterols to strengthen the skin barrier and leave your face feeling baby-soft. Glow up and reduce damage with this practically perfect moisturizer by Sunday Riley, which shows why Sunday Riley is one of the best luxury skincare brands ever!

Barrier+ Lipid-Peptide Cream by SkinFix, $50

Barrier+ Lipid-Peptide Cream by SkinFix
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When a moisturizer has both top MIRA ratings, along with a title as an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner, you need to pay attention, okay? Barrier+ Lipid-Peptide Cream by SkinFix is powered by vital lipids and nutripeptides that deeply hydrate even the most dry skin, and protect against free radical damage for a youthful and vibrant look. This SkinFix cream is formulated with a Triple Lipid Complex to replenish ceramides and fatty acids while repairing the moisture barrier - plus a Peptide Protein Blend to shield against environmental stress, Seaweed Hyaluronate Blend for smoothness, and Lily Root Extract to intensely moisturize. A clinical study by SkinFix showed that 94% of users saw a moisture increase after just one use, and 93% believed that it showed an improvement in radiance.

Resist Intensive Repair Cream by Paula’s Choice, $33

Resist Intensive Repair Cream by Paula’s Choice
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The key to younger-looking skin is always protection - whether it’s from the sun, conditions like eczema, or natural skin barrier damage. And you’ll achieve your most youthful and fresh complexion with the Resist Intensive Repair Cream by Paula’s Choice. It’s formulated with the perfect amount of Retinol to smooth out fine lines and exfoliate the skin, without causing even more irritation, and gets a bit of help from other top-rated skincare ingredients. An antioxidant blend further protects against early signs of aging and environmental damage, while Hyaluronic Acid gives your skin a much-needed boost of moisture. But seriously, back to Retinol. It’s one of the top skincare ingredients that many with sensitive skin may believe that they can’t use without redness and irritation. However, this cream by Paula’s Choice makes it possible… and shows that you can repair with Retinol as much as you can radiate!

Shop all the best skincare products to repair the moisture barrier on MIRA.