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 soothing 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 sensitization
- 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 compress, lowering the skin temperature, and constricting blood vessels.
- use fragrance-free products that contain skin-identical ingredients that 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
Calming and soothing ingredients
The following ingredients may help prevent inflammation and redness in sensitive skin.
These are a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that help reduce inflammation in the skin’s tissues and rid the skin of invisible pollutants.
GLO Antioxidant Complex has been specifically formulated to free the skin from the damaging free radicals that cause a cycle of destruction on the skin
Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract
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.
Derived from the Chamomile plant, azulene is a wonderful soothing ingredient for sensitive skin. Click here 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, which can lead to sensitivity.
This is my go-to ingredient on so many levels; Ceramide Repair Balm contains high levels of Calendula to calm and soothe the skin and free it from irritation.
This herb contains an extract known as Allantoin. It is rich in mucilage, which brings both moisturising and soothing relief to sensitive, inflamed skin. Although I have to say, most forms of allantoin used in cosmetics today are synthetic.
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 liquorice, marshmallow, or calendula when treating sensitive and dry skin or cuts that are not healing well.
Nectar Treatment Balm, our natural alternative to Vaseline, contains both Calendula and Comfrey for their wonderful rejuvenating and repairing properties – healing an impaired skin.
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 UV exposure.
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 damaged and inflamed skin.
It reboots the skin, helping to ward off 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 minimal percentages, witch hazel can be very soothing, making it the perfect antidote for inflamed skin.
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) Extract
This extract brings the 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 its components of amino acids, sugar, hyaluronic acid, and mucopolysaccharides.
Its role on the skin is twofold; working as a treatment for UV-damaged skin and wound healing.
Another fabulous ingredient for inflamed skin.
One of panthenol’s roles is to promote the skin’s tissues’ epithelisation, repairing and rebuilding a damaged barrier function.
Red Hogweed (Boerhavia diffusa) Extract
This is a remarkable herb with a real affinity with sensitive skin; it renews skin cells to restore tissue integrity.
It blocks the inflammatory pathway that helps to reduce nerve response, reducing sensitivity associated with neurogenic inflammation.
An extract from Liquorice, which has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
Wild cherry (Prunus serotina) bark extract
A very moisturising, calming, and soothing extract, perfect for sensitive skin.
As you can see, there is a huge array of ingredients to choose from Calendula herb, all the way through to skin softening Panthenol and natural steroids such as Red hogweed.
We recommend stripping back your skincare routine, eliminating any potential skin irritations, then start introducing new products with sensitising ingredients into your skincare routine like SOS soothing complex.