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Understanding the Skin Barrier

written by: Lauren - Digital Marketingpublished on 5 Jun, 2024

Blog credit: emerginC

Understanding the Skin Barrier and How emerginC Supports It All Year Round

As the chill of winter approaches Australia, maintaining a healthy skin barrier becomes essential. The skin barrier is your body’s frontline defence against environmental stressors, and its integrity is crucial for maintaining hydration, elasticity, and overall skin health. Let's delve into what the skin barrier is, its functions, and how emerginC's range of products can support your skin throughout the year, especially during the harsher winter months.

What is the Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier, also known as the stratum corneum, is the outermost layer of the skin composed of skin cells (keratinocytes) and a lipid matrix (ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids). This barrier functions as a protective shield, locking in moisture while keeping harmful elements like pollutants and bacteria out.

Functions of the Skin Barrier

Protection: Shields against environmental toxins, pathogens, and harmful UV rays.

Hydration: Maintains moisture levels, preventing dryness and dehydration.

Regulation: Balances oil production and facilitates the natural shedding of skin cells.

Signs of a Healthy vs. Compromised Skin Barrier

A healthy skin barrier appears smooth, glowing, and well-hydrated. Conversely, a compromised barrier may exhibit:

> Redness and irritation

> Dryness and dehydration

> Blemishes and excess oil

> Dullness and flakiness

Tips to Repair and Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

Restore Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF): NMF components like amino acids, sodium PCA, lactic acid, and glycerol help maintain hydration and support the skin’s natural shedding process.

Choose the Right SkincareUsing products suited to your skin type and condition is crucial. Avoid harsh ingredients that can disrupt the skin’s pH and NMF function.

Lifestyle: Stress, poor diet, and unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impair the skin barrier. Focus on a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and adequate hydration.

How emerginC Supports Your Skin Barrier

emerginC offers a range of products formulated with key ingredients to repair and strengthen the skin barrier:


Ceramides are essential for maintaining the skin’s barrier function. They act as the "mortar" holding the "bricks" (skin cells) together, forming a protective layer and maintaining hydration.

Sodium PCA

A natural component of the skin, sodium PCA is a powerful humectant that attracts moisture from the environment into the skin, enhancing hydration and barrier function

Hyaluronic Acid

Known for its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is crucial for keeping the skin plump and hydrated. Products like the Hyper-Vitalizer Face Cream is infused with hyaluronic acid to improve skin moisture levels.


A humectant found in emerginC moisturisers and complimenting ranges, glycerin helps trap moisture in the skin, restoring its natural moisture balance.


Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and coenzyme Q10 protect the skin from free radicals and environmental damage, supporting the barrier's integrity.

Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids such as omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9, found in botanical oils like hemp seed oil and argan oil, help repair and protect the skin, ensuring it remains smooth and moisturised.

emerginC Products to Boost Your Skin Barrier

emerginC Hydra-Repair Topical Infusion Capsules: Nourishes and protects the skin barrier with a blend of powerful antioxidants and hydrating agents.

emerginC Hyper-Vitalizer Face Cream: A nourishing, hydrating cream combines the super-potent “master antioxidant” alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, lutein, vitamin H, hyaluronic acid and more.

emerginC Swift Lift Peptide Firming Serum: Firms the skin while providing essential moisture.

Complimentary Soothing emerginC Skincare to Help Combat Winter Skin

emerginC Aromatic Cream Tea Cleanser

emerginC Lavender Toner

emerginC D-Red Daytime Emulsion

emerginC Hyper-Vitalizer Eye Cream

emerginC Active Hydrating Complex

As winter approaches, it’s essential to pay extra attention to your skin barrier. By understanding its importance and using the right products, you can keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing all year round. emerginC’s range of scientifically formulated products offers the perfect solution to support and repair your skin barrier, ensuring it remains resilient against the seasonal challenges.