Does your skin react to just about everything?
Then welcome to the sensitive skin club.
But how do you keep your skin out of the red?
By redefining your skin code, and using a routine specifically designed for fragile skin
TREATING SENSITIVE SKIN
- Avoid products that will strip your skin, this includes facial washes and soap
- Avoid the sun and heat, which can cause inflammation and skin sensitisation
- Apply a good sunscreen daily, this is especially true if you have a fitzpatrick skin type one
- Keep the skin as cool as possible, if it feels inflamed use a cold compressed which will lower the skin temperature and constrict blood vessels, follow this my Activate and Desensitise mask
- Use non fragranced products, that contain skin identical ingredients, these will help to reinforce the barrier function and acid mantle
- Be very careful what you are exfoliating your skin with, uneven beads can cause tiny micro tears in the skin, look for jojoba beads or a very mild alpha hydroxy solution, if the skin is not to inflamed
CALMING & SOOTHING INGREDIENTS
The following ingredients may be helpful in preventing inflammation and redness in sensitive skin.
These are a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients.
Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals and reduce inflammation in the skins tissues.
Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract
Soothing oats, are widely known to relieve the skin from itching and irritation.
Making it a popular ingredient for reducing inflammation and taking the fire out of the itch.
Derived from the Chamomile plant, azulene is a wonderful soothing ingredient for sensitive skin.
Click her to read about the benefits of chamomile.
A powerful anti-inflammatory, derived from either yeast or oats.
It is excellent for reducing redness and other signs of sensitivity on the skin.
This ingredient is a component of Chamomile, and is a superb skin soother. Combined with ginger, it becomes a really effective anti redness treatment.
Bisabolol also provides serious relief from neurogenic inflammation, that can lead to sensitivity.
This is my go to product on so many levels, follow the link to find out why.
This herb contains an extract known as Allantoin, although I have to say most forms of allantoin used in cosmetics today are synthetic.
Allantoin is rich in mucilage, which brings both moisturising and soothing relief to a sensitive, inflamed skin.
Traditionally referred to as knit bone or bruise wort, it is great for speeding up the process of new tissue.
It works really well when combined with licorice, marshmallow or calendula, when treating sensitive and dry skin and cuts that are not healing well.
Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian willow)Herb
Another potent anti-irritant skin soother.
This extract, has been clinically demonstrated to show a strong reduction in skin redness, especially inflammation caused by chemicals or exposure to UV.
Globularia Cordifolia Callus ( Globe Daisy) Extract
This has interesting properties and is a very adaptive extract.
Research has found, that it produces cells that appear to live longer.
Cells actually detoxify themselves naturally and then regenerate quickly, boosting healing in a damaged and inflamed skin.
It reboots the skin, helping to ward of premature ageing, giving skin a youthful glow.
This ingredient strengthens capillaries, the tiny veins often seen under the surface of the skin.
Hamamelis (Witch hazel) Extract
It is considered a natural astringent.
When used in very small percentages, witch hazel can be very soothing, making it the perfect antidote for an inflamed skin.
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) Extract
This extract brings skin back to a normal level of sensitivity.
It has also been found to be effective, in relieving skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B)
This is another wonder ingredient on so many levels, follow the link, to find out why.
N-Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG)
Glucosamine is one of the building blocks of skin tissue, because it is extremely repairing for the skin.
It is also considered a skin-identical ingredient, due to it’s components of amino acid sugar, hyaluronic acid and mucopolysaccharides.
It’s role on the skin is two fold; working as a treatment for UV-damaged skin and for wound healing.
Another fabulous ingredient for inflamed skin.
One of the roles of panthenol, is to promote epithelisation of the skins tissues, repairing and rebuilding a damaged barrier function.
Red Hogweed (Boerhavia diffusa) Extract
This is a remarkable herb that has a real affinity with sensitive skin.
It renews skin cells helping to restore tissue integrity.
It blocks the inflammatory pathway that helps to reduce nerve response, reducing sensitivity associated with neurogenic inflammation.
An extract from Licorice, which has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
Because this ingredient is extracted from a creature that inhabits the coral reef, you won’t find it in our formulas.
However I thought it deserved a mention, because it is an important soothing ingredient and often used in products for a sensitive skin.
Wild cherry (Prunus serotina) bark extract
A very moisturising, calming and soothing extract, perfect for a sensitive skin.