I want to have strong healthy skin. I suffer from eczema and sometimes I can get breakouts which can cause cuts and weak, broken skin. In my journey to treat my eczema, I’ve learned a few helpful tips on how to heal broken skin and get strong healthy skin. Let’s look at the three parts for healing and promoting healthy skin: cleansing, moisturizing, and repairing.
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Cleansing is the first step to protect your skin and allow to grow healthy. When your skin is damaged, it’s best to use a foam cleanser that will be soft on your skin. Bubble on the foam on your hand and use your ring finger to run in the foam in a circular motion. Don’t rub harshly and try to let it air dry or gently use a towel.
Your skin has a natural PH acidity level of 4-6. Soaps can be very cleansing because they have a high PH. They are very alkaline and can strip away dirt and grime. The top layer of your skin in covered by a thin layer of acid mantle and a damaged skin barrier can take two weeks to return to a normal ph level. Unlike normal soap, foam cleansers have a low PH. They aren’t as stripping as normal soap and cleanse your skin while still being soothing.
Why is moisturizing so important? Moisturize in yor skin is easily lost when it is damaged. When this happens, you can experience transepidermal water loss which can leave your skin harsh and dry. It’s very important to moisturize and my favorite moisturizer is CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It’s soothing and includes ceramides which provide skin repair and protection.
Your skin is made of three layers: the Epidermis, the Dermis, and Hypodermis. The Epidermis is the outer layer proving protection for your skin. The Dermis is the second layer which provides elasticity to your skin and is made of collagen. The third inner layer is the Hypodermis which provides cushion to your skin and is made of fat cells.
Ceramides are an important natural ingredient found in the Epidermis layer of your skin. People with eczema, such as myself, have lower levels of ceramides, which can leave cracks in skin openings and transepidermal water loss. So it’s important for me to use a lot of moisturizer to keep my skin healthy.
After you have finished moisturizing, there a few other ingredients you can apply to help repair your skin. First is hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient in your body for tissue regeneration and skin repair. Hyaluronic acid will draw in water into the skin keeping it moist and healthy. It will also help heal your skin without scars if it is has been cut. While it is powerful, try to find the just right goldilocks amount, as overuse can have the opposite effect and inflame your skin. Hyaluronic acid can be found in serums such as Asterwood Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
Next is Cica, also known as Centella Asiatica. This is a compound found in plants which they use for cellular repair. Cica is rich in nutrients, kills bacteria, and helps repair the damaged skin barrier. This makes it good for use in burns or eczema and helps make your skin glowy and fresh. You can find it in COSRX Ceramide and Centella Asiatica Cream or the Laneige CICA Sleeping Mask which provides a moisture cream you can apply at night so you won’t lose moisture in your sleep.
We’ve looked at the three steps to take in your skin care routine to help heal broken skin and promote strong healthy skin. To recap, use a gentle foam cleanser with a low ph to clean your face, moisturize your face with Ceramide based moisturizing cream to keep your skin hydrated, and apply repairing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica to help promote healthy skin repair. Hopefully this can help keep your skin care routine simple and easy and help you on your journey for strong healthy skin.