Anyone of any age or gender is capable of having sensitive skin, but genetics play a part.
Usually dry and prone to flaking, itching, and redness, sensitive skin is also susceptible to allergic reactions and broken capillaries. For instance, a number of skin conditions linked to sensitive skin - such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea - tend to run in families.
An allergy test with your doctor helps you to find out what your particular triggers are so you can avoid them. Even if the reasons turn out to be food allergies or intolerances, they can be made much worse by using harsh chemicals on your skin.
The key to sensitive skin is ‘gently does it’, so enjoy a gentle skincare routine:
Use natural, organic, and/or hypoallergenic products that are low-foaming and contain very few ingredients - our clinically-proven Sensitive Skincare Collection is scientifically designed to be gentle, while effectively cleansing away impurities, hydrating and relieving irritated and delicate skin.
CLEANSE: Wash your face in the morning, and make sure to remove makeup before going to bed. Apply this cleanser with an organic (important because pesticides and herbicides can aggravate sensitive skin) cotton pad and gently sweep over face using an upwards motion.
TONE: Tone your skin with an alcohol-free toner to balance the pH of your skin.
SERUM: Apply a serum to reduce the appearance of redness over time, and plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles for a firmer, smoother complexion.
MOISTURIZE: Moisturize twice daily, and be sure to apply moisturiser while your skin is still a bit wet from the shower if this is the only product you prefer to use.
MONTHLY TREATMENT: Apply a gentle mask once a month to rehydrate and rejuvenate.
Choose skin care products with these ingredients:
Taking care of your skin means learning to avoid the things that can irritate it, such as hot baths and showers, highly fragranced products, and exposure to extreme temperatures. and try not to choose waterproof makeup as they require more harsh cleansers to remove it.
Always drink plenty of water - hydration comes primarily from the inside out. At least 2L of water per day, and try eating hydrating foods like melon, cucumber, and fruits.
Exercise 4 times a week, mixing endurance and weight training to keep the blood flowing to your skin and removing toxins. Use natural deodorants to ensure that your pores and sweat glands aren't clogged so toxins can freely leave your system and not need to come out of your skin in the form of acne.
Your skin reflects your gut health!
Check any allergies to foods or chemicals as these may worsen your sensitive skin. Eat foods high in probiotics, and those with plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, as well as foods with other beneficial fats and nutrients like avocados, olive oil, seeds and nuts, and foods high in beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, and, of course, carrots, which will make a big difference to your overall 'glowiness'. Dark chocolate, green tea and even red wine (in moderation) can also benefit your skin!