Are you a sensitive soul?
Skin care for very sensitive skin
There’s lots of factors that can cause sensitive skin, from diet, environment, genetics, allergies and more. This can make selecting skin care for very sensitive skin a tricky problem for many people. In this post, we’ll look at some of the common triggers, things that cause flare ups, and some strategies for soothing your sensitive skin.
Oh baby, it’s cold outside
The weather, especially its extremes, can often be a trigger for making skin sensitive or increasing symptoms. Skin damaging environmental factors include the sun, wind, heat and cold. Different individuals may find different types of weather exacerbate skin sensitivity, but for many people, winter, cold winds and reduced humidity can make their skin worse. Generally speaking, anything that dries your skin out can increase sensitivity and the weather is no exception.
To protect your skin from weather extremes, there’s a few things you can do. First of all, make sure you wear sunscreen – ones that are based on zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are often best for sensitive skin. In winter, don’t overheat your home so that your skin isn’t so exposed to dramatic changes in temperature. And all year round, hydration is key. Make sure to drink plenty of water and find a great moisturising product that suits your skin. Read on for our suggestions on some of the most sensitive skin friendly products.
As we mentioned above, one of the most common factors of sensitive skin is dryness. This can be made worse when your cleanser is too drying. People with sensitive skin should choose a soap free cleanser and look for moisturising products. There are many oil-based cleansing products on the market that are gentle and effective, without stripping vital moisture from your skin.
And speaking of scrubbing, people with sensitive products should also be cautious when it comes to exfoliating. As well as abrasive scrub products, be careful with face creams that contain alpha hydroxy acids, as these also have an exfoliating effect. If you do use these products, be aware of the frequency that you use them, and do not double up on your exfoliating skin care regime.
Too much, too soon
Sensitive skin reactions can be immediate, or can develop over days or even weeks. That’s why when changing your skin care regime, it’s a good idea for people with sensitive skin to introduce products one at a time and to increase use slowly to check for reactions. As mentioned above, also take care to check that products aren’t doubling up on ingredients or key action.
Ingredients to avoid
Sensitive skin often reacts to several common skin care ingredients. These include alcohol, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids and antibacterial ingredients. All of these can have the potential to dry skin if not used appropriately and are best avoided during sensitive skin flare ups. Fragrance is also another common trigger, so look for low or no fragrance products.
Right now, you might be thinking that there’s no effective anti-ageing products you can use if you’ve got sensitive skin. But here’s the good news! There’s several oil-based products that can hydrate skin, reduce wrinkles and soothe sensitivity reactions. One of the best products is rosehip oil and Freeze Frame’s Rosehip Pro provides:
- Highest levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 from plant oil sources
- Highest levels of antioxidant protection
- Free radical protection against both oxygen and nitrogen species
- High levels of trans retinoic acid (vitamin A) for skin renewal
- High levels of vitamin E
As well as rosehip oil, Rosehip Pro contains the breakthrough new anti-ageing discovery cacay oil and the world’s most potent plant source of omega 3 incha inchi. Acai, tomato seed oil and cranberry seed oil add to the powerful antioxidant cocktail whilst pracaxi oil provides clinically proven brightening for a radiant, even toned complexion. It’s been providing great results in clinical trials, without causing the inflammation common with some other anti-ageing products.
Over to you
Do you have sensitive skin? What has worked for you to reduce reactions and manage skin comfort?
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