New Generation of Barrier Repair Creams Solve All Your Skin Woes

Most moisturizers improve your skin’s barrier (the outermost layer of skin). But there’s a new generation of barrier repair creams that take it one step further. They hydrate, repair and smooth complexions so they look healthier and more radiant. And do so in a way that really lasts. Instead of short-term hydration that evaporates after a few hours, these creams and serums make a difference in the overall health of your skin. They help your cells hold on to moisture longer, making it appear — and, more importantly, act — younger. And they’re a must-have for anyone with sensitive, irritated or problematic skin.

The Wrinkle Reducer

StriVectin Wrinkle Recode Moisture Rich Barrier Cream, $119 at StriVectin

Two unique barrier-boosting technologies make this cream stand out from the pack. Your skin’s lipid content is restored and your skin barrier is strengthened. So it moisturizes, diminishes fine lines and deep wrinkles plus reduces the look of redness.

The Sensitive Skin Savior

KraveBeauty Great Barrier Relief, $28 at KraveBeauty

This creamy serum calms even the most sensitive of skin. Its combo of conditioning oils fights irritation, discoloration and even breakouts caused by a damaged skin barrier. And it does it all without feeling greasy.

The Multitasker

The Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream, $17 at Bloomingdale’s

This does-it-all cream improves the skin barrier thanks to a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn, aloe and soothing algae. It’s rich enough for the driest skin types yet it feels light when you apply it.

The Inflammation Fighter

Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair, $47 at Ulta Beauty

If your skin is red, itchy and irritated, you need this cream. It contains a special calming blend of oat and botanical extracts to minimize irritation. And it heals the skin barrier with evening primrose and borage seed oil.

The Older Skin Booster

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, $128 at DermStore

If you’ve noticed your skin getting drier as you age, you might be suffering from a lipid deficiency. This cream rebalances your skin’s lipids with a blend of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids — simultaneously restoring barrier function.

The Natural Choice

Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream, $50 at Sephora

This cream is 95 percent natural, making it perfect for extremely sensitive skin. A peptide protein blend supports skin barrier function and protects from free radical damage.

The Supercharged Anti-Ager

DefenAge 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream, $127 at DefenAge

While this cream targets barrier repair first and foremost, it also addresses fine lines and pigmentation with peptides and botanical ingredients. And the texture is unbelievably light and luxurious — you won’t want to stop applying it.

The Lightest Formula

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, $48 at Drunk Elephant

This serum feels so light yet it’s intensely moisturizing. It contains a complex of watermelon rind, apple and lentil that helps each skin cell hold on to hydration for 24 hours. It’s also packed with brighteners, antioxidants and even antibacterial ingredients for the healthiest skin possible.