Are you struggling with sensitive skin? Do you find your skin gets easily irritated and inflamed? Don't worry, you're not alone! Sensitive skin is a common issue amongst so many of us, and we know it can be frustrating trying to find the right skincare products to suit our delicate skin but, with the right products and skincare routine, it can be very manageable! Let’s delve into the world of sensitive skin, what it is and how to care for it.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin is a term used to describe a skin type that is prone to irritation and inflammation. It can be triggered by a variety of factors such as harsh chemicals, fragrances, certain foods, weather changes, and even stress (...sigh). Sensitive skin can show up in different ways, but some common symptoms include:
- A stinging or burning sensation
If you have sensitive skin, it's important that you pay close attention to the products you’re putting on your face and to choose skincare products that are gentle and formulated for your specific skin type. The wrong product can sometimes trigger a reaction, and result in worsening your skin’s sensitivity levels. And we don’t want that.
What can cause your skin to be sensitive?
Another important aspect of caring for your sensitive skin is paying attention to what you eat and drink. Certain foods and beverages can sometimes trigger skin sensitivity and cause inflammation and irritation. If you’re experiencing sensitive skin, we’d suggest trying to avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, and opt for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
It's also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can cause dryness and irritation in the skin, so make sure you're getting enough fluids to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
It's also important to protect your skin from the sun with SPF like skin shady 50+. Sun exposure can trigger inflammation and sensitivity in the skin, so make sure to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days.
Want more of the lowdown on what causes your skin to be dehydrated? Read here.
Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin
Moisturiser is a crucial component of any skincare routine, and even more so for our besties with sensitive skin. It helps to hydrate the skin, prevent dryness and itching, and soothe any irritation or inflammation. But with so many moisturisers on the market, it can be challenging to find the right one for sensitive skin.
When choosing a moisturiser for sensitive skin, look for products that are fragrance-free, as well as free from harsh chemicals such as sulphates and parabens. Opt for a lightweight, non-greasy formula that absorbs easily into the skin.
One great option, if we do say so ourselves… is our thirst trap moisturiser. It’s a great simple daily moisturiser that's lightweight but still hydrating and actually slows the rate of water loss from the skin.
Shop your favourite moisturisers here.
Skin Sensitive to Touch
Another common symptom of sensitive skin is skin sensitivity to touch. This can be triggered by a few things, some of them being clothing, harsh fabrics, or even touch from other people. If you find yourself having skin that becomes sensitive to touch, it's essential to be mindful of what comes into contact with your skin.
Opt for soft, breathable fabrics such as cotton or silk, and avoid fabrics that are rough or itchy. Be cautious when applying pressure or touch to your skin, such as during a massage or facial. Communicate with your therapist about your skin sensitivity so that they can tailor the treatment to your needs.
Sensitive Skin Skincare Routine
When it comes to skincare for sensitive skin, less is often more. A simple, gentle routine can be highly effective in managing sensitive skin. Here are some tips for a sensitive skin skincare routine:
Choose a cleanser that is formulated for sensitive skin, and avoid using hot water or harsh exfoliants. Instead, opt for lukewarm water and use your hands to gently massage the cleanser into your skin.
To read more on what temperature water you should be using, read here.
When you’re experiencing sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to introduce a serum that can help to strengthen your skin barrier. Our rebound serum that we developed in partnership with pharmaceutical scientist and skincare influencer, Hannah English, is just this. It’s formulated with the perfect amounts of Ceramides, Panthenol, Cholesterol, Centella, Calming Oat and Copper Peptides to give you the perfect barrier support combo all in one bottle!
As we mentioned earlier, moisturiser is crucial for sensitive skin. Apply a lightweight, fragrance-free moisturiser to hydrate and soothe the skin - and again, we’d strongly suggest our thirst trap moisturiser.
Sunscreen is vital for protecting your skin from UV rays, but it can also trigger a reaction in those of us with sensitive skin. Choose a lightweight option that is oil free and non-greasy, like our skin shady SPF50+. It sits super well underneath makeup and is also amazing for breakout prone skin!
Be Mindful of New Products:
When choosing skincare products, read the labels carefully bestie, and avoid ingredients that are known to trigger a reaction, such as fragrances, sulphates, and parabens. Another watch out is to avoid using harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can cause ‘micro-tearing’ and further irritate the skin. Instead, opt for gentle chemical exfoliants containing ingredients like lactic acid, which will exfoliate without pulling or tearing.
While sensitive skin can be challenging to manage, knowledge is power! Understanding your skin’s triggers and being careful about which products you use can make a huge difference in reducing symptoms and improving your overall skin health. It's essential to be mindful of what you're putting on your skin and the environments you expose it to.
Remember, sensitive skin care doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, either. With the right products and a consistent routine, you can effectively manage your sensitive skin and keep it healthy and glowing.
So if you find yourself having sensitive skin, don't fret! The great news is there are now plenty of great options available to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall skin health. So, go out there and handle your sensitive skin with care!