September 27, 2013 | Uncategorized

How do I get more supple, firmer and younger looking skin?

How do I get more supple, firmer and younger looking skin?


The first thing we work on at Lime Spa during facials and peels is getting your stratum corneum healthy.  The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin acts like a barrier between you and the outside world. Medically this is referred as the skin barrier function. To get an idea of how it works just imagine a brick wall. The cells are like bricks and the natural oils in your skin are the mortar that binds them together. The cells that act like bricks are filled with water and fats to the point where they are swollen. This swelling is good because it packs the cells tightly together and makes it hard for anything to penetrate the barrier.


Impaired barrier function can make the skin look chapped and more wrinkled with many fine lines, and look dull.  Deep wrinkles and expression lines are accentuated.  Impaired barrier function can also lead to severe dry skin, redness and acne.

Your barrier function is impaired if your skin feels dry (tight, flaking), if you are seeing more fine lines, if you are experience break outs, redness, itchiness, and stinging.  50% of the clients we see that have an impaired barrier function is due to Nevada’s dry climate and the other 50% is caused from using the wrong skin care products or no products at all.


Since its not realistic to move to a more humid climate to improve your barrier function.  You can get instant results by getting a facial and investing in a good cleanser, serum and moisturizer.


When you are using products that are wrong for your skin they are usually too harsh. Harsh products such as soap, and other non PH balanced products can strips away lot of the natural oils from the skin which allows bacteria and chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin.  Mis-use of products (impaired barrier function) is the #2 cause of adult acne, right behind hormones.


So if you are looking to improve the health of your skin, reduce fine lines, breakouts, redness, and dryness it’s in your best interest to repair your skin barrier by getting a facial and investing in good cleanser, serum and moisturizer.


A guide to some ingredients you want to stay away from in your moisturizer if you have an impaired barrier:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Propylene glycol
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Formaldehyde releasers
  • Menthol
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Camphor
  • Urea – irritating only in higher concentrations
  • Pyrriolidonic carboxylic acid
  • Lanolin
  • Fragrances

There are some ingredients listed below that are often recommended when treating acne that are great for acne but not if you have an impaired barrier.  At Lime we recommend using these products but only if you are using a hydrating cleanser, serum and moisturizer along side to help rebuild your barrier and only use them in moderation.


  • Salicylic acid
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids
  • Sulfer
  • Benzoyl peroxide


We recommend moisturizers that have:

  • Green tea
  • Vitamin E is the main antioxidant that protects sebum.
  • Vitamin C makes vitamin E more effective when they are used together.
  • Vitamin B3
  • Aloe vera or other antioxidants.
  • Ceramides
  • Natural oils and essential fatty acids


The facial wash from Lira for $27 will not over exfoliate the skin and will last forever.  Then using the Lira retinol c serum to help with aging and acne for $62 is a must, and the vital c serum from image for $52  will help rebuild your barrier function.  Followed with an SPF from PCA for $34 or a tinted SPF that also acts as a foundation (I am obsessed with this product) from Lira for $62, and a night cream from PCA, LIRA or Image for $34-$64 that will help shield against water evaporation and add a layer to the protect your barrier.  It is a small 6 product investment to having the best skin of your life!