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Rationally, I understand that any day when the temperature is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit will be comfortable. But if you ever grabbed standing in the office building across from my apartment and watched me get dressed on an early fall day (please don’t do that) you’d have a good vantage point to see my brain short. I understand 60 degrees is good, but I don’t really know … is it warm? Cool? Both? The solution to being comfortable and wearing all of my marbles is to layer up – a t-shirt with a light sweater and the option to add a jacket later is pretty easy. But the transition between scorching summer and biting winter also affects my skin care routine, and I can’t just throw a light sweater over my face and call it a day. (Unless…?)
The easiest way to modulate your routine for the changing serums is with a barrier serum. Barrier sera use microbiome-friendly ingredients to strengthen your skin’s natural protective functions, and almost all of them depend on ceramides, fat molecules that already make up around 50 percent of the outer layer of the skin. Recent studies have linked a decrease in natural ceramides to skin conditions like irritation and eczema, leaving your skin vulnerable to bad bacteria and numerous breakouts. Replenishing is an easy way to keep your skin healthy and will likely help keep it level with changing weather.
Because they reinforce the barrier, rather than reinforce it completely (creams, petroleum jelly, and oils do), they feel light on the skin and are non-greasy – making them the perfect layered piece to wear alone in summer and under heaviness Moisturizers come the first cold frost. Multiple new releases in this category mean more options to suit all budgets – find your perfect match here and never feel confused about seasonal skincare again.
Last year, ITG crowned this goopy serum the best of the decade. There was no nepotism – just ceramides, glycerin, and lots of soothing panthenol and centella. The ceramidine liquid is an almost water weight version of their favorite ceramidine cream (which writer Harling Ross uses to reduce the brightness of her rosacea and skincare man Diarrha N’Diaye in winter). She plays well with others and leaves skin glowing hydrated. The only reason to avoid this is if you are particularly sensitive to bergamot oil.
Did you know that niacinamide not only helps relieve breakouts and keep the texture smooth, but it also strengthens the skin’s natural barrier? Bejbi combines it with ceramides, nutritious squalane and borage seed oils (among others), and a variety of peptides for a multi-layered approach to barrier health. The oilier texture feels especially good after a peel or a thorough cleansing.
If you want to entrust your life to a brand, can I suggest Marie Veronique Nadeaus? A chemist by profession, Nadeau takes a no-nonsense approach to formulating skin care products that is about effectiveness, not lint. Your barrier serum, produced in collaboration with holistic beautician Kristina Holey, is uniquely biomimetic – do you remember how ceramides make up 50 percent of your skin barrier? The other 50 are made up of other natural moisturizing factors like saccharide isomerate, urea, sodium PCA, and amino acids, all of which are in that little brown bottle.
People with acne may feel inclined to practice scorched earth skin care – you know, when you burn off all traces of acne-causing bacteria with all of the acids, benzoyl peroxide and scrubs at Sephora. But could I consider another approach? Pamper your skin by strengthening its barrier and reducing inflammation. Evenprime contains extracts from Centella asiatica and Artemisia capillaris, two botanicals known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and copper tripeptides for that very reason! The before and after are impressive, to say the least.
Not all skin care brands started on a goat farm, but this one did! The connection is crucial as goat milk actually has a slightly acidic pH level that matches that of your skin, resulting in a microbiome-friendly product base. This serum, which combines goat milk back with probiotics, colostrum and those damn ceramides, also has a little lactic acid in it, which helps your skin make more ceramides on its own. The texture-smoothing benefits of a gentle AHA alongside barrier-boosting staples are a snap to success.
I first wrote about this serum a few months ago – it was a peak pandemic and my skin was out of order. (Did you know that high levels of stress can cause your natural barrier to deteriorate and your skin to become drier? I didn’t, but I did.) Then Kraves Great Barrier Relief came into my life and its high salary of ceramides and niacinamide immediately soothed my blotchy red spots. This stuff quickly brings my ultra-sensitive, stressed skin back to neutral, and because of this, I will always keep it. At less than $ 30, you don’t have to be too expensive.
Photo via ITG