Okay before we go on to learn more about external skin care and DIY stuff, let’s start with basics and learn about what they call the “skin barrier function”.
When people talk about this concept of the ‘skin barrier function’, they are referring to the most outer layer of skin, technically called the stratum corneum (or sometimes referred to as “the horny layer”… lol)
The job of the ol’ stratum corneum is to be the barrier that protects the rest of your skin and body from the external environment.
So when we talk about the ‘skin barrier function’, we’re talking about how strong this barrier is and how well it does its job of protection. It is designed to be impermeable, meaning it keeps water in, and bacteria and microorganisms out.
People love to use this analogy about a brick and mortar wall, so why be different! Here it is: [Read more…]