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10 Soothing Ingredients for Calming Sensitive Skin

Do you feel as though your skin reacts to everything?

And it’s inflamed all of the time?

Then, welcome to the sensitive skin club.

But how do you keep your skin out of the Red?

You can do this by redefining your skin code and using soothing ingredients.

Oh, and implementing a routine specifically designed for sensitive skin.

Wildcrafted Plants 

Wild-crafted plants are at the heart of every formula at the Naked Chemist, which we sustainably hand-harvest straight from our backyard.

These wild botanicals intuitively know how to calm inflammation and irritation, bank moisture, and concentrate nutrients; they are highly nourishing and loaded with life force.

This means they intuitively know how to calm and heal your 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 good sunscreen daily; this is especially true if you have a Fitzpatrick skin type one
  • keep your skin as cool as possible; if it becomes inflamed, use a cold compress. This will lower your skin’s temperature and constrict the blood vessels.
  • use fragrance-free products that contain skin-identical ingredients that will help to reinforce your barrier function
  • avoid harsh alcohols and components as you want to keep the delicate bacteria that make up your acid mantle healthy
  • be very careful what you are exfoliating your skin with; uneven beads can cause tiny micro-tears in the skin

If you want to check out a routine for your sensitive skin, follow the link here.

Soothing Ingredients

So, without further ado, let’s look at the ten soothing ingredients:

#1. Calendula

This is our go-to ingredient here at the Naked Chemist on so many levels, with many of our formulas containing this wonderful, calming herb of the sun, which you can read all about here.

Calendula has a natural affinity with your skin; it is incredibly healing and nourishing.

#2. Chamomile

Apigenin is the main compound found in chamomile. This study (1) demonstrates that it is an incredibly healing herb.

When applied to damaged skin, these soothing ingredients significantly improved the barrier function of the participants.

Chamomile also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, including alpha-bisabolol oxides and matricin, which inhibit the release of chemicals that cause inflammation and irritation.

This study (2) highlights the topical benefits of chamomile for treating sensitive skin, diaper rash, and even chicken pox, amongst many other skin conditions.

#3. Blue Tansy

This is part of the chamomile family and has many chemical compounds that help reduce skin inflammation.

  • chamazulene (also called azulene), which gives the oil its blue colour
  • camphor
  • sabinene
  • myrcene

These compounds decrease inflammation, redness, and discomfort and act like natural wound-healing agents, helping to reverse scars on the face and fight signs of UV damage and ageing.

In medical aromatherapy, this study (3) by Schnaubelt demonstrated that Blue tansy has important antihistaminic, antiallergenic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the ideal treatment for burns, sunburn, inflammation and damaged skin.

He recommends a rejuvenating and healing blend with blue tansy oil, lavender, everlasting, and Roman chamomile to treat inflamed, irritated and sensitive skin, which sounds like heaven to our ears.

If you want to try a formula with gorgeous blue tansy, head over to our Barrier repair balm. This balm helps bridge the gap for dry skin when a moisturiser is not quite enough, bringing nourishing and soothing ingredients to any areas of sensitivity or inflammation.

#4. Comfrey

This herb has a natural affinity with your skin. It contains an extract known as allantoin, which is rich in healing mucilage.

Traditionally referred to as “knit bone” or “bruise wort,” it is excellent for speeding up the repair process of new tissue; it works well when combined with liquorice, marshmallow, or calendula when treating sensitive and dry skin or cuts that are not healing well.

This study (4) found that comfrey is a potent skin healer and anti-inflammatory, offering some participants pain relief.

Nectar balm is our natural alternative to Vaseline, which contains calendula, comfrey and many other wild-crafted herbs for their excellent rejuvenating and repairing properties.

Infact, we love comfrey so much that we have dedicated a whole article to it, which you can read here.

#5. Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) Extract

Here at the Naked Chemist, we love sea buckthorn, one of the main ingredients in our Xcell Barrier Repair oil.

This extract restores your skin to a normal healing level. It is also very effective at relieving skin conditions such as eczema and healing new scars.

#6. Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate

This is an extract from liquorice, which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

This remarkable herb has a natural affinity for sensitive skin; it renews skin cells to restore tissue integrity, blocks inflammatory pathways, reduces nerve response, and reduces sensitivity associated with neurogenic inflammation.

#7. Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract

Skin-soothing oats are widely known to relieve the skin from itching and irritation.

This makes it a popular ingredient for reducing inflammation and taking the fire out of the itch.

#8. Beta Glucan

A potent anti-inflammatory derived from yeast or oats reduces redness and other skin sensitivity signs.

Beta-glucan relieves neurogenic inflammation, which can lead to sensitivity.

#9. Epilobium angustifolium (Canadian Willow )Herb

This is another potent anti-irritant and skin soother.

This extract has been clinically demonstrated to strongly reduce skin redness, especially inflammation caused by chemicals or UV exposure.

#10. Globularia Cordifolia Callus (Globe Daisy) Extract

This has interesting properties and is a very adaptive extract.

This research (5) found that it produces cells that appear to live longer; cells detoxify themselves naturally and then regenerate quickly, boosting healing in damaged and inflamed skin.

Daisy extract gives the skin a reboot. It’s a really soothing ingredient that also helps to ward off premature ageing and gives the skin a youthful glow.

Antioxidants Deserve a Mention

These are a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that help reduce inflammation in your skin’s tissues.

A double bonus is that they also help to ward off damaging free radicals that can lead to premature ageing.

To conclude. The naked truth

If you have sensitive skin, you can use many natural soothing ingredients that are healing and gentle.

Here at the Naked Chemist, we are all about using wild-crafted herbs that have a natural affinity with your skin, like calendula, skin-softening kawa kawa, manuka and natural steroids such as globe daisy.

We then infuse them with New Zealand natural ingredients for additional potency, which you can read here.

If you suffer from sensitive skin issues or post-procedure problems, we recommend stripping back your skincare routine; think less is best.

You will want to eliminate potential skin irritations and introduce gentle products with non-sensitising ingredients into your skincare routine.

References

1. Topical apigenin improves epidermal permeability barrier homoeostasis

2. In vivo skin penetration studies of camomile flavones

3. Aromatherapy and Cardiovascular Disease

4. Comfrey has demonstrated healing effects in controlled trials

5. Effects of globularifolin on cell survival

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