The most important factor for healthy glowing skin

Healthy glowing skin begins and ends with a healthy skin barrier function

Most skin troubles are due to a damaged skin barrier function. Repairing it is the path to the skin you want.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the top layer of skin called the stratum corneum. It is microscopic—less than a fraction of a millimetre. But this tiny layer plays a vital role as the protective barrier to our body’s largest organ: our skin.

What is the skin barrier made of?

The stratum corneum is comprised of fatty acids, dead skin cells, cholesterol, lipids and ceramides (fat molecules that hold the skin cells together and help the skin retain moisture and allow for correct function).

What skin issues are caused by a damaged barrier function?

A weakened barrier function can contribute towards:

- Breakouts and acne
- Dryness
- Cracks
- Bumps under the skin
- Inflammation
- Infections
- Dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema
- Sensitised skin
- Dehydrated skin
- Inflammation
- Increased risk of sun damage

How do I protect my skin’s barrier function, naturally?

Remove harmful chemicals from your skincare regime. Get rid of any skincare that contains synthetics, fragrances and emulsifiers.

We’ve covered this before but stop using moisturiser

Yes, even if it’s “natural”. The only way to achieve the texture and consistency of moisturiser is to use synthetic ingredients which further damage your skin barrier, block pores and can create breakouts and more inflammation. It further dries out your skin by tricking your lipids into thinking they’re being moisturised from the outside, so your internal process of hydration is reduced even further.
We want to work with our skin and not against it.

Drink a lot of water

Up to 50% of ageing is due to chronic dehydration. To deeply nourish our cells and to care for our skin, we need to drink at least 3 litres a day. Ideally, the water we drink should be filtered and structured. You can also eat your water with vegetables, fruits and chia seeds.

To delve deeper into the world of hydration Tracy Duhs has a fantastic podcast:

Use 100% bio-active ingredients

Your skin barrier wants to work. You just need to give it the right nutrients for it to do so, and remove the triggers which are preventing it.

100% bio-active ingredients are scientifically proven to change the skin on a cellular level. Plant-based actives don’t require synthetics to be effective. They work with your skin for fast benefits that deliver longterm health and vitality.

Terra Tonics Clean Collagen and Elemental Cleanser are designed to work with your skin to heal, repair and regenerate it as they do heal and regenerate plants.

Healthy glowing skin will come naturally once your barrier function can do what it is designed to do.