Is skin sensitivity a problem?
Then, your skin requires added surface protection.
From a well-formulated moisturiser that will offer your delicate skin all the protection it needs:
- Anti irritant
- Reduces water evaporation
- Calming and soothing
“But, wait!”, I hear you say, “Isn’t everyone’s skin different?”
It sure is – your skin is a fluid, dynamic organ of shifting conditions. There are a multitude of triggers behind skin sensitivity which is influenced by diet, stress, environment, pollution, and lifestyle factors.
Treating an array of different conditions does make a sensitive skin tricky to treat:
- Sensitive conditions
- Neurogenic inflammation
- Immunogenic inflammation
When inflammation is combined with an impaired protective barrier, skin becomes very reactive.
To counteract this, there are a myriad of ingredients which not only block the anti-inflammatory pathways, but also mimic the skin’s natural composition; offering the skin surface protection. This is something I discuss in the article, “Skin Inflammation: The Truth Behind the Triggers”.
Ingredients for Skin Sensitivity
Ceramides, cholesterol, and essential fatty acids are all examples of lipids found within the skin; ingredients that restore the barrier function and restore the acid mantle.
Occlusive ingredients provide a layer of oil over the skin’s surface, helping to slow down water loss.
These help to reduce friction due to rubbing and also encourage cellular repair.
These important ingredients enhance the surface of the skin’s capacity to hold water, literally binding moisture to the cells.
There are a number of humectants available:
Combined, HUMECTANTS and EMOLLIENTS work really well together.
Humectants role is to attract water, whilst emollients work to guard against evaporation from the skin.
The Naked Chemist range has been specifically designed for sensitive skin. DNA Complex is ideal for those wanting to repair and strengthen a fragile skin, which can be layered under Bio Lipid Complex or Fortify to help to repair a damaged barrier.
What shouldn’t your moisturiser contain?
- Alcohol and Astringents
- Stimulating Actives
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids
- Chemically laden ingredients
- Fragrances or essential oils
- Depending how bad your skin is, I would also avoid against certain extracts
It is easy to be tempted to load the skin with more and more products in a bid to diffuse inflammation, but you need to strip back your skin care routine and avoid that candy store approach.
The type of formula you need is often all that is required, and once you have your skin sensitivity under control, you can slowly introduce other products.
With a sensitive skin it is important to take a threefold approach:
1. You need to contain and reduce your current symptoms
2. Avoid the known triggers behind skin irritations.
3. Enhance your skin’s natural lipid barrier.
Now is the time to get out your skin care products and become your own label detective. If any of the below ingredients are listed, we highly suggest you don’t use them.
- SD Alcohol 40: This really is the “bad” alcohol that is commonly found in toners. It is extremely drying and irritating to the skin.
- Denatured Alcohol: Often passed for natural, it is similar to SD Alcohol on the skin and should be avoided.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A harsh detergent often found in foaming products, it is extremely drying and irritating to the skin.
- Fragrance: The #1 cause of allergic reactions to products. Ideally, you want to avoid products containing the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredient listing. All of the Naked Chemist Products are free of artificial perfume
- Irregular exfoliating beads like apricot kernels: Naturally-made particles found in facials scrubs can cause tiny micro tears, scratching and irritating the skin.
The bottom line: Sensitive skin conditions have been on the rise, but by treating your skin gently, you can significantly control signs of irritation and inflammation.
Only then, can you start to get your skin’s health back onto the road of recovery.