Your skin is your best friend. It’s with you through it all. That means it goes through all the same stress you do – from UV radiation to pollution and hormonal imbalances. Just like boosting your body’s immunity, you want to look after your skin’s immunity – also known within the beauty industry as ‘skinmunity’.
The best way to support your skinmunity is by caring for your skin’s natural barrier. It’s becoming one of the biggest trends amongst skincare aficionados. Your skin barrier – the stratum corneum – is what holds everything together. It holds the good stuff in, like moisture, and keeps out the bad stuff, like pollution.
This barrier also helps maintain your skin’s pH balance to prevent bacteria growth and breakouts. If your natural skin barrier becomes damaged– it causes havoc. Protecting and caring for your skin’s natural barrier is easier than you think.
How to repair your damaged skin barrier
Everything from your sleep pattern to your skincare routine impacts your natural skin barrier. Your skin goes through a lot every day – from oxidative stress to UV radiation. While we all know the importance of using sunscreen, there are other things you can do to care for your damaged skin barrier.
You are what you eat. At Mumanu, we believe a plant-based diet – whether it’s vegan or vegetarian – is good for both you and your skin. A healthy diet, with at least 5 fruit and vegetables a day, will give your skin the antioxidants it needs. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will help repair your damaged skin barrier from daily stress, including pollution. Eating certified organic foods will help reduce your intake of toxins such as pesticide residues.
Happy skin needs hydration. We all know we should aim for 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking water isn’t just good for your mind and body, it’s essential for your skin’s immunity. Hitting your daily water intake will keep your skin hydrated and maintain its elasticity, allowing it to bounce back from daily stresses.
One thing you can control is your skincare routine. It’s not only a form of self-care, but it’s the best way to protect your natural skin barrier. Investing in your skincare is investing in your future. You want to take a ‘skin first’ approach to your beauty routine.
Our certified organic Rejuvenating Face Balm is our go-to for supporting our natural skin barrier as a facial moisturiser. You want your routine to be rich in antioxidant ingredients. Sunflower oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter are your skin barrier’s best friends. They strengthen your skin’s barrier by helping to hold in moisture, reduce inflammation and improve elasticity. Just like your diet, using organic skincare helps to reduce your toxic load. Residues of pesticides on the ingredients in your skincare product may affect your skin barrier and overall health.
Getting 8 hours of sleep isn’t just to stop dark circles. It’s to protect your skin barrier as well. Research shows sleep deprivation can negatively impair your skin barrier’s natural functioning. When you sleep, your skin’s immune system restores itself overnight.
It’s time to give your skin’s barrier the TLC it deserves. Shop our skin immunity-boosting body balms here.
MUMANU is a certified organic skincare brand producing balms containing Fairtrade ingredients. Choose from the plastic free Lip Balm range for truly luscious lips, search our eco friendly moisturisers in the Massage & Body Balm collection and discover the hugely popular Decongestant Balm for easing blocked noses and sore throats. We’ve also just released a Rejuvenating Face Balm and a couple of Beard Balms. MUMANU, beauty you can feel proud of.