How To Treat Sensitive Skin
Posted on April 12 2017
Are dryness, itching, and redness a part of your everyday life? They don’t need to be.
Sensitive skin can be more than just uncomfortable – it can make you feel self-conscious and limit your use of certain skincare and makeup products (not to mention your will to leave the house when the neighbour is mowing their lawn).
So, what’s causing these outbreaks of irritation, blotchiness, and flakes? What’s bugging your skin – and how can you stop it?
What causes sensitive skin?
Anyone can have sensitive skin, but it’s most commonly found on those with dry skin. Maybe your face flares up when you use certain ingredients, or a change in season sees you sporting red spots. There are many things that can cause skin to be sensitive and react worse than Kanye West at the 2009 VMAs.
- Change in weather – A sudden rise or drop in temperature can cause a flushed, blotchy face.
- Pollution – Everyday dirt and dust can irritate the skin and cause sensitivity.
- Water – Depending on where you live, the water you wash your face with may contain high levels of minerals that can aggravate the skin.
It comes as no surprise that the sun contributes to skin sensitivity. If you're regularly exposed to UV rays, keep your sensitive skin protected with sunscreen.
- Diet and dehydration – Certain foods can cause skin irritation. Eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water can help improve your skin’s health.
- Lack of sleep – If you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t produce the hormones required to repair your skin’s natural barrier of protection.
- Working in air conditioning all day – Air conditioning sucks the moisture out of the air, and out of your skin. This can leave your face feeling parched and extra sensitive.
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It’s not just harsh chemicals that can upset your skin. Even ingredients in products specifically formulated for sensitive skin may work for one person, but not for you. There are a few items and elements that might not be playing nice with your skin, such as:
- Skincare products
- Makeup products
- Cleaning/laundry products
- Nail polish
- Clothing materials
And the list goes on.
How To Look After Sensitive Skin
We don’t know about you, but when we’re feeling sensitive, we like to treat ourselves to a bottle of red and a night of online shopping. Your skin may require TLC in another form, though.
Don’t Be Rough
Treat your skin like the delicate flower it is by being gentle with it. Take care while you’re cleaning it, don’t use harsh scrubs, and pat it dry instead of rubbing it with your towel.
As dry skin is most likely to suffer from sensitivity, it’s important to stay hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. Choosing a rich nightly moisturiser will also help your skin maintain its moisture balance – just be sure to find one that works with your sensitive skin.
Never Forget Your SPF
Sensitive skin is generally more likely to be affected by the harsh rays of the sun. Be sure to slip, slop, slap all year round to protect your skin from sun damage and irritation.
Choose Your Skincare Wisely
With sensitive skin, you need to be extra careful when choosing your skincare and makeup products. Avoid anything that causes itching or burning. These will generally be the hard-working ingredients in most acne cleansers and anti-ageing products.
Our Favourite Products for Sensitive Skin
Soothe your skin with products that are gentle and kind while still providing results. These are our top picks for sensitive skin:
- Skinmedica Sensitive Skin Cleanser – This gentle cleanser can be used morning and night, leaving skin clean and hydrated with natural ingredients.
- Dr Eckstein Sensitive Supreme – Formulated for extra sensitive and delicate skin, this night cream provides intense hydration and prevents the signs of premature ageing.
- Colorescience Skin Calming Face Primer – The perfect base for your makeup application, this primer calms redness and has an SPF 20 – winning!
- Dr Eckstein Supreme Body Balm – This rich and nourishing body balm is suitable for extra sensitive skin, helping it retain moisture.
View our entire range of skincare for sensitive skin to start treating your skin with the love it needs.