At this time of year, the skin barrier takes center stage in the conversation about skin care. That’s because cold, dry weather wreaks havoc on the delicate lipid layer responsible for retaining moisture, which is why skin becomes drier and more sensitive during the winter months. Normally, we rely on serums and lotions containing ceramides for repair to keep that barrier strong, but Glow Recipe’s latest launch—The Avocado Ceramide Moisture Barrier Cleanser ($28)— gives us the opportunity to supplement that process with a completely different step in our process. habit.
In general, the main job of a cleanser is to keep our face clean. Previously, our only options in this category were harsh exfoliating formulas that made our skin barrier worse with wear. Over the years, we’ve seen cleansers become a lot more refined and this new product takes things to the next level.
“When you think of barrier repair, you’ll most likely turn to a gentle ceramide serum — like our Avocado Recovery Serum, says Christine Chang, one of the brand’s co-founders. — but repairing a damaged skin barrier really starts with your cleanser. “Choosing the wrong cleanser when your skin barrier is compromised can lead to further damage and irritation.”
The ingredient list is stacked with what Glow Recipe calls a “barrier-boosting blend,” and a closer look will prove that’s exactly the case. As you might have guessed from the product name, ceramides – a natural lipid that acts as the “glue” holding your skin cells together – are the star of the show. Just last year, a study in the Journal of Therapeutic Dermatology named this active ingredient the best ingredient for fortifying the skin barrier and preventing dryness, which is why we’re seeing them so often. Use in moisturizers and creams. It has to be said at least to see them being heroic in a cleanser is exciting.
Next, there are prebiotics and postbiotics, which work together to support the skin’s microbiome—aka the layer of “good” bacteria that live on the surface of your skin to keep it functioning optimally. Things like stress, harsh products, and dietary choices can disrupt this ecosystem and lead to sensitization, and these ingredients help balance things out.
Also on the list? Colloidal oatmeal, known for its ability to hydrate and soothe the skin (so often found in eczema care products) and avocado oil, are rich in skin-nourishing antioxidants and vitamins.
While this cleaner is clearly superior, it doesn’t do so at the expense of acting as a detergent. really cleanser. It has pH-balanced surfactants (aka cleansers) that are so gentle that they’re often used in baby shower gels, and avocado oil plays a supporting role in removing dirt. and makeup (as you might remember from high school chemistry class, “like to attract,” meaning oil-based skin care products are great at removing oil from the skin).
When I try the cleanser over the course of a week, I’m often surprised at how effective it is. Normally, creamy cleansers like these are reserved for the second step of my double cleansing routine (I find that they’re… not very good at removing makeup), but I’m impressed. with its ability to dissolve makeup. everything from foundation to glitter eyeshadow. What’s more, my skin feels soft, moist, and healthy after every use — aka the complete opposite of the usual “stripping” feeling you get from harsh formulas. than.
As someone with dry skin, I do my best to protect my barrier at all costs. To know that this cleaner will now allow me to do it in all Stepping into my routine means it will be a winter staple for years to come.
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