How to protect your skin barrier in the Winter

Thursday 11th Nov 2021 |

What is your skin barrier? Normally, skin is made up of layers, each layer performs important functions in protecting your body.

The outer layer is known as Stratum Corneum; it consists of tough skin cells called corneocytes that are bound together by mortar-like lipids that are known as your skin barrier. The skin barrier is mainly composed of three lipids, ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. The lipids work in unison to prevent water loss and protect your skin from your environment.

How do you know when it’s damaged

When your skin barrier is healthy, your skin normally looks plump and smooth. You would notice a smooth texture and it generally looks healthy and soft if you were to touch it.  If you have oily skin, and you notice that it’s dehydrated, that’s a sign that you may have damaged skin.

Signs your skin is damaged

  • Redness
  • Flakiness and Peeling
  • Itchiness
  • Breakouts
  • Rashes
  • Sensitivity
  • Dehydration
  • Stinging sensation when products are applied

How do I repair a skin barrier?

Skin barrier can be repaired as long as there isn’t much damage there. First you will need to protect your skin by cutting down on your usual routine and creating a new one. To begin you would need to start wearing sunscreen daily, avoid using hot water in the shower and eliminating exfoliation. It also advised having a healthy diet and cutting back on alcohol and smoking.

It’s important you also use gentle products for your skin to avoid using oils, harsh cleansing products and ascorbic acid.

What do you need to do to protect it 

Don’t over do it with products, tailor your routine to suit you. Introducing supplements into your routine is a great way to protect your skin barrier. I recommend Botancyl SkinClear Elixir which is a great natural supplement to use to protect your skin barrier. An evidence- based botanical with rich vitamins A and C that supports the skin healing and features skin-brightening nutrients for a radiant , healthy glow. Botanycl, have now helped over 1000s of women with skin problems. Use supplements daily, while using a moisturisers that contain humectants and ceramides.

If introducing supplements into your routine, what should consumers look out for? 

Reviews can help you, picking reputable brands that you have used before, cheapest isn’t always better! Referral from a friend can also be a good choice as if they have found benefit from it then it is more likely to be beneficial to you. Read up on optimum dosages from reputable websites, look for a company that is established and experienced in producing supplements, with GMP (good manufacturing practice) and where possible if organic soil association certified. I prefer products manufactured in the UK or EU as I trust our standards over other countries that can be less consistent.

There are many poor quality or low dose supplements, some from high street shops. Check that they don’t contain fillers or binders (like magnesium stearate), gluten, colourings (like titanium dioxide), artificial preservatives (like sodium benzoate) or any GMO ingredients. Seeing a good nutritionist or functional medicine practitioner can help you find a reputable source. I recommend Botanycl SkinClear Elixir and Botanycl Vegan Vitamin D as both use natural products and are manufactured in the UK. Vegan too and cruelty-free.

Available from:

SkinClear Elixir £24.95 – one-month supply of 60 vegan capsules.

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100% plant-based supplement containing active botanicals shown in research and testimonials to address problem-skin gently and effectively: supporting a clear and blemish-free complexion from within. The botanicals in this patent-pending formula have been carefully-selected for their unique skin-clearing properties and enhanced effectiveness when combined. Botanycl believe clear skin is best achieved by supplementing our diet with natural ingredients which are grounded in science.

About Botanycl

Founded by Caroline Sims in 2018, Botanycl was created after Caroline suffered severe skin problems for many years. A former mental health nurse Caroline states, “I’ve always had problems with my skin, and I had spots throughout my teenage years which didn’t go away when I transitioned into adulthood” After trying different products with no results, she started to research scientific studies and testimonials which led her to natural, plant-based ingredients.  She created SkinClear Elixir which cleared her skin within a week.  She has since expanded the range to include vitamin supplements for immune support, skin health and energy. Botanycl has developed into a leading vitamin brand and is now stocked in Holland and Barretts.


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