Skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin barrier performs an essential service in keeping us healthy and alive. While protecting us from outside threats, such as bacteria and viruses, it also has a far more important job: keeping moisture inside our bodies. Water is vital to keep our organs running optimally, and the skin barrier supports this.

What is the skin barrier?

Picture a wall constructed from bricks and mortar. Layers of ‘brick’ corneocytes are encased in ‘mortar’, which is layers of fat. As well as keeping pathogens out and moisture in, it also blocks UV light and performs a host of other activities.

How can we protect our skin barrier to support optimal health?

Most importantly to support healthy skin, maintain a healthy diet with a variety of fruit, vegetables, and healthy Omega 3 fats. It’s vital to drink lots of water, as skin cracking from dehydration can lead to infection. Additionally, caring for your skin externally is important. Supporting moisture and skin regeneration with an emollient can be helpful.

The most effective skincare products will:

  • Not contain artificial fragrances, as they can cause irritation
  • Provide a barrier to block moisture from exiting the skin’s surface
  • Contain fats that imitate the natural makeup of the skin
  • Use natural skincare products that won’t cause further irritation to the skin

What product meets all these criteria?

ManukaRx ointment is the perfect product to support healthy skin barrier function. Made in New Zealand with natural, unscented ingredients, ManukaRx contains a raft of amazing natural ingredients. Manuka and turmeric oil provide antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties to prevent infection and promote healing. Sunflower seed oil, shea butter and cocoa butter help to assist in skin regeneration, growing damaged skin quickly. And natural beeswax protects the skin and forms a barrier, while still allowing the skin to breathe. Don’t leave home without ManukaRx ointment!