SKIN TYPES

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin reacts strongly to external factors and allergens, and these reactions can manifest in irritation, rashes and redness. In sensitive skin, the outer layer tends to have a weakened barrier function, so it can be damaged more easily.

There are many causes of sensitive skin: weather, diet, pollution, or stress can play a part, as can reactions to certain skincare and cosmetic products. Protect sensitive skin by choosing products that have been dermatologically tested and specially formulated for your skin type. Look for pH friendlly skincare products with fewer ingredients that are hypoallergenic, and free from dyes and fragrances.

Facts about sensitive skin

FACT 1

Sensitive skin can affect all areas of the body, although it most commonly flares up around the elbows, hands, knees, and cheeks.

FACT 2

Sensitive skin is a general term rather than a scientific term, therefore if you suffer from any skin sensitivity or atopic skin, it's important to seek advice from a dermatologist to find out what is its that is triggering it, and what lifestyle or dietary changes you can make to ameliorate it.

FACT 3

Sensitive skin reactions can be a result of your immune system going into overdrive from a perceived threat. This is often the case with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

FACT 4

When the skin begins to feel sensitive, it's a sign that your skin barrier has been weakened- either from external factors like climate or pollution, or internal changes like stress or fatigue. You can always feel it before you can see it.

Your routine

First step

While you can't control all the internal and external factors that trigger skin sensitivity, you can certainly control the products you use on your skin. Reinforce your skin's natural protective barrier by using microbiome friendly products boost your skin's natural defences while locking in natural moisture.

Second step

Use products that contain minimal ingredients and that are specially formulated for sensitive skin. This inculdes the products you use both in the shower and in the bath. Keep in mind that lots of bubble bath and bath bombs can irritate your skin. Taking care when buying detergents and laundry products is also vital as some products can cause irritation and trigger skin reactions and even allergies.

Third step

Sensitivity in the underarms can be treated by using specialised deodorants and avoiding aerosol sprays. For sensitive hands, wear gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning as hot water and harsh chemicals will further irritate your skin.