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Your skin serves as a vital shield, protecting you from the harsh elements of the outside world.

Specifically, your skin barrier shields your body from free radicals, with harsh environments often being the culprit behind damage, according to Healthline.  

However, many inadvertently undermine this protective barrier, leading to various skin issues.

Below are the common mistakes that could be damaging the skin barrier. Understanding these and knowing how to fix or avoid them is crucial for maintaining healthy, radiant skin.

1. Over-cleansing your skin

Excessive washing even with a non-toxic product can strip away natural oils and lipids, weakening the skin barrier, according to Facial Lounge. Opt for gentle cleansers and limit washing to twice a day, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin.

2. Using harsh exfoliants too frequently

Over-exfoliation disrupts the skin barrier and causes irritation, flakiness, and redness, as per CeraVe. Aim for gentle exfoliation once or twice a week using mild ingredients like AHAs or BHAs.

3. Ignoring the importance of moisturizing

Ensuring your damaged skin barrier receives proper moisturization is crucial. As noted by Healthline, moisturizers play a vital role in supporting the skin barrier by minimizing water loss. These products create a protective layer on your skin, preventing moisture depletion. Seek moisturizers containing hydrating components like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, and incorporate them into your skincare routine after cleansing or exfoliating.

4. Forgetting sunscreen 

Over time, UV rays can harm the skin barrier. As highlighted by Averr Aglow, sunscreen offers protection by blocking UVA, UVB, and blue light radiation from penetrating the skin.

Make sunscreen a part of your daily regimen, opting for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours when you're exposed to the sun.

5. Using skincare products with harsh ingredients

Ingredients like alcohol, fragrances, and sulfates strip the skin and compromise its barrier function, according to Dr. Wafaa Clinic. Opt for products with gentle, non-irritating ingredients that support skin barrier integrity.

6. Neglecting overall health

Dehydration, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and stress weaken the skin's defenses, as per Clinikally. Stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, prioritize quality sleep, and manage stress effectively to support your skin barrier.