How Corneotherapy Facials Can Revitalise Your Skin

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If you’ve never heard of corneotherapy, buckle in, because this groundbreaking shift in our approach to skincare is shaking up the skincare industry!

Corneotherapy focuses on the pivotal role of the skin’s outer barrier in overall skin health – something I’ve been championing ever since I began practicing as a skincare consultant. The skin’s barrier is our body’s first line of defence against environmental aggressors, pollutants, and pathogens; by focusing on the restoration of the skin barrier’s integrity then, corneotherapy helps with the skin’s natural healing processes – enhancing radiance and resilience from within.

In this blog, I’ll give you the lowdown on corneotherapy treatments, including the benefits of corneotherapy facials, and why corneotherapy is great for rosacea and sensitive skin.


What is Corneotherapy?

Corneotherapy is a skincare approach focused on repairing and maintaining the skin’s outermost layer, known as the stratum corneum. Confused? Let’s break it down.

Understanding the stratum corneum: The stratum corneum is the skin’s protective barrier. It keeps moisture in and harmful elements out. Think of it as the skin’s shield.

The goal of corneotherapy: Corneotherapy aims to keep this shield strong and healthy. If the stratum corneum is damaged, it can lead to various skin problems like dryness, sensitivity, or breakouts.

How it works: Corneotherapy involves using skincare products and treatments that help to restore and support the skin barrier. This includes:

  1. Moisturisers: To hydrate and keep the skin soft.
  2. Barrier repair creams: To fix any damage to the protective layer.
  3. Gentle cleansers: To clean without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Why it matters: By focusing on the skin barrier, corneotherapy helps to improve overall skin health. It can reduce issues like irritation, redness, and dryness, leading to smoother, more resilient skin.


Why would I need corneotherapy?

If you’re wondering whether corneotherapy is right for you, take a look at some of the most common reasons my clients visit my North London skincare clinic for this type of facial:

  1. Skin barrier damage: Corneotherapy helps to repair and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier (stratum corneum).
  2. Chronic skin conditions: Conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea often involve a weakened skin barrier. Corneotherapy can help to manage these conditions by supporting the barrier.
  3. Aging skin: As we age, the skin barrier can become less effective, leading to dryness and increased susceptibility to damage. Corneotherapy can help to maintain barrier function and improve the overall health of aging skin.
  4. Environmental damage: Exposure to harsh weather, pollution, and UV radiation can damage the skin barrier. Corneotherapy helps to protect and repair the skin from these environmental stressors.
  5. Overuse of harmful skincare products: Using too many products with harsh ingredients can strip the skin of its natural oils and damage the barrier. Corneotherapy restores this balance beautifully.
  6. Post-procedure care: After cosmetic procedures like chemical peels, laser treatments, or microdermabrasion, the skin barrier may be temporarily weakened. Corneotherapy is really useful in the healing process.
  7. Sensitive skin: Because corneotherapy uses gentle, non-irritating products to support the skin’s natural defenses, people with naturally sensitive skin can really benefit.


By focusing on repairing and maintaining the skin’s barrier, corneotherapy helps to improve overall skin health, reduce discomfort, and enhance the skin’s ability to protect itself from further damage.


What are the benefits of corneotherapy?

The benefits of corneotherapy include improved hydration, better barrier function, and a more radiant appearance. Let’s take a look.

Even though corneotherapy is an absolute wonder when it comes to treating certain skin conditions, that doesn’t mean you need to be up against a skincare challenge to benefit from this type of therapy. There are LOADS of benefits of corneotherapy for all skin types, including: 

  1. Improved skin barrier function: By focusing on the repair and maintenance of the skin’s outermost layer, corneotherapy strengthens the skin’s natural barrier – retaining moisture and keeping harmful substances out.
  2. Enhanced hydration: Corneotherapy champions the use of products that help to maintain and restore moisture levels in the skin – leading to better hydration.
  3. Prevention of premature aging: A healthy skin barrier protects against environmental damage, which can contribute to premature aging. By keeping the barrier intact, corneotherapy helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Better tolerance of skincare products: By focusing on barrier repair, corneotherapy can make the skin less reactive and more tolerant to various skincare ingredients, reducing the risk of adverse reactions.
  5. Enhanced skin appearance: Overall skin texture and tone improve with a well-maintained barrier. With corneotherapy, skin appears smoother, healthier, and more even.
  6. Protection against environmental stressors: A robust skin barrier offers better protection against pollution, UV radiation, and other environmental aggressors, reducing the risk of damage and inflammation.
  7. Customised care: Corneotherapy involves a tailored approach to skincare (which I’m ALL about). This personalised level of care helps to create far more effective results.


What to Expect from a Corneotherapy Facial

Corneotherapy facials use a blend of active ingredients that deeply penetrate the skin. Because everyone’s skin is as unique as their fingerprint (no, really!), I always begin every consultation – regardless of the treatment – with a thorough assessment of your skin type and unique skincare needs. 

I’ll then mix the perfect blend of biocompatible products, rich in lipids and moisture-binding ingredients, to support the skin’s natural protective layer and restore your skin to optimal health. 

If you’re struggling with inflamed skin, corneotherapy facials can also incorporate anti-inflammatory agents to calm irritation and reduce redness – soothing conditions like acne and rosacea.

Instead of focusing on aggressive exfoliation or harsh chemicals, a corneotherapy facial uses supportive and restorative measures to boost radiance and luminosity from within. During the facial, your skin will be infused with a carefully curated selection of nutrients, each playing a pivotal role in reinforcing the skin’s barrier and soothing any underlying inflammation or sensitivity.

The end goal? A complexion that’s visibly rejuvenated, with a smoother texture, balanced tone, and a vitality that radiates from within. 


Ready For Radiant Skin?

In my practice, I’m all about tackling the underlying causes of skin concerns rather than merely masking symptoms. Corneotherapy promotes sustainable skin health, making it a great choice for anyone experiencing acne, rosacea, and other inflamed skin conditions. With an expert hand, corneotherapy facials can support the skin in maintaining its balance, ensuring it remains hydrated, nourished, and protected.

Book your consultation today. 

Ingrid Raphael