If you’re experiencing dry, flaky, or dull skin, there’s a good chance it’s because of transepidermal water loss (or TEWL for short).
It might be a mouthful to say, but transepidermal water loss isn’t as complicated as it sounds!
And knowing when to spot increased TEWL and how to address it can lead you to a healthier, glowy complexion. And who doesn’t want that?!
So let’s dive in!
What is transepidermal water loss?
It’s pretty simple! Transepidermal water loss is the amount of water that evaporates from your skin. While this might sound scary, everyone experiences at least some TEWL every day.
But, as you probably already guessed, too much TEWL can be a problem for your skin. It can happen due to a lack of humidity in your environment, compromised skin barrier (microbiome), extreme temperatures, and, of course, the products you’re using in your skincare routine!
How do you know if your skin is experiencing too much TEWL?
Signs of too much TEWL are dry, flaky, dull skin, and more noticeable fine lines. You might also notice some increased sensitivity, irritation, and itchiness. That’s your microbiome talking.
But if you’re experiencing these signs of TEWL, don’t worry! We’re here to help you get your skin back on track!
So how do you prevent transepidermal water loss?
1. A healthy skin barrier is key!
You’ve probably heard that your skin barrier is REALLY important to your skin’s health! But what exactly is it?!
Think of your skin barrier as a guard that keeps moisture in and keeps irritants out. It’s pretty great!
But a damaged skin barrier is the main cause of transepidermal water loss, so taking good care of this barrier is crucial!
The good news is, are plenty of simple things you can do to keep your skin barrier at its healthiest like:
- Wear sunscreen every day and use products with antioxidants to protect your skin barrier from UV and free radical damage.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water because hot water can strip your skin of moisture, and no one wants that!
- Make the switch to gentle cleansers! The cleanser you choose can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your skin barrier healthy! You might want to consider using a gentle cleansing balm.
2. Lock in a solid hydrating and moisturizing routine
Did you know there’s a difference between hydrating and moisturizing? You can reduce transepidermal water loss by focusing on both!
Then use moisturizing products that lock in that hydration. Our Clean Slate Balm is high in fatty acids and antioxidants (two ingredients that keep your skin barrier happy and healthy!). AND it can be used as an overnight mask to lock in moisture and reduce TEWL.
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3. Increase those humidity levels!
Do you live in a dry environment? Then, a humidifier is worth the investment!
The environment also plays a huge role in how much TEWL your skin experiences! In high humidity, you’ll experience less of it. But if you live in a dry environment, a humidifier can help keep your skin balanced and hydrated.
Learning how to prevent too much TEWL can have a HUGE impact on your skin’s health, and we hope these tips will help you achieve your healthiest, glowiest skin yet!!
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