Is irritation, inflammation or embarrassing redness a concern?

Then chances are you could be suffering from a sensitive skin; but please don’t panic you’re in good company.

This is one of the most common skin concerns, i see in my clinic on a daily basis.

A sensitive skin is often associated with pale, fair skin types.

But don’t be fooled, those who have an oily or combination skin, may be prone to suffering from sensitivity, especially if inflamed breakouts is a problem.

Oils for sensitive skin

The great thing is, nature has provided us with gentle oils that are mild enough for a sensitive skin.

So what is it that makes these oils so special?

They contain lovely properties that have a real affinity with a fragile, delicate skin.

Phytosterols

  • Anti-irritant
  • Repairs damaged skin
  • Repairs the skins barrier function
  • Regulates cellular turnover
  • Helps with skin damage produced by scars, and keloids
  • Phytosterols work like natural hydrocortisone, reducing redness and inflammation and soothing itchy, irritated skin

Linoleic Acid

  • Moisture Retainer, hydrating
  • Anti inflammatory, calms the skin
  • Restores the barrier function, healing
  • Reduce scaling on skin, prevents flakiness
  • Can significantly reduce inflamed acne pustules
  • Reduces trans epidermal water loss (TEWL)

Follow the link to read more about why linoleic acid is critical for your skin.

Palmitoleic acid

Naturally found in our skin’s fatty acid profile, it is a building block of our skin, preventing burns and wounds.
It is the most active anti-microbial found in our skins sebum.
  • Healing, repairing
  • Reduces the build up of bacteria in the cell wall
  • Naturally found in our own skin’s fatty acid profile
  • Rejuvenating, the building blocks of the skin
  • Repairs damaged skin, sunburn, open wounds and scratches

Oleic Acid

Oils containing oleic acid have some wonderful properties:

  • Softens and soothes skin
  • Regenerates skin cells
  • Moisturising and conditioning
  • Behaves like an anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming the skin

As you can see the use of pure, botanical oils can have a real affinity with sensitive skin.

For more information on selecting the right oils for sensitive skin, the article plantascription for a sensitive thin skin, is worth a read.

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