Being Gentle with Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is found in over half of American women and at least a quarter of newly debuting products are made specifically for sensitive skin. It’s really becoming the norm to have skin red, itchy, tight and even inflamed skin as people use various different products to target and combat various different skin issues. Anti-aging and Acne products are the most used and the ones that can lead you to sensitive skin. And then there are those born with sensitive skin such as skin disorders like eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis, sensitive skin can develop over time for several reasons. In fact, almost everyone is sensitive so something that can cause irritation to the skin whether it’s real or just perceived. Even just one irritate can make normal skin sensitive or sensitized. Ultimately the skin is unable to properly protect nerve endings which leads to the red, itchy, tight and inflamed skin. One thing the scientists do agree on is that sensitive skin is typically an orthergic phenomenon or caused by some previous phenomenon
Here’s a list of causes that can lead to sensitive skin:
– Over cleansing skin
– Over exfoliating the skin
– Super dry skin
– Injured skin
– Extreme environmentally exposures (sun, wind, cold)
How to restore your skin after an irritation
If you find yourself in this position, it’s best to avoid any or all of the above as best as you can. And you’ll need to change your cleansing regime to include organic soap-free cleansers to lessen irritation. Always include a moisturizer to help skin hold on to moisture in order to resist dryness and possible abrasions. Look for products without fragrance, sodium laurel sulfate (binds to the skin proteins and doesn’t rinse off cleanly), alkaline, alcohol, salicylic acid, soap, antibacterial, deodorant, alcohol, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids until your skin has healed. Moisturizers containing B5 (helps sooth skin), shea butter, antioxidants, petrolatum, mineral oil, linoleic acid, ceramides, dimethicone, or glycerin can be helpful to sensitive skin. After washing your face, remember to rinse with lukewarm water. Follow up with diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner to maintain the proper pH level of the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Directions:
1- Pour 1 part Organic Raw Apple Cidar Vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.
2- Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water
Products utilizing fermented ingredients mirror the skin’s ecosystem can help deflect irritants. If the skin’s pH gets out of balance, it becomes inability to resist bacteria and germs lessens which can lead to irritation, blemishes, dermatitis and other related skin problems. The skin’s optimal slightly acidic pH level will help recent cracking and brittleness. The body’s overall pH level is around a 7, however your skin’s pH is slightly lower at a level of around 5.5.
Also, move to an organic foundation (face powder or a silicone-based foundation) and look out for irritates within eye liners, eye shadows and mascara that may contain latex or even nickel. Even waterproof eye make up require additional products to remove them effectively, so it’s best to limit the number of products that comes into contact with the skin. Include a SPF of 20 or higher, even if you don’t plan to go out in the sun as sensitive skin will react more adverse to the sun.
And lastly, take a look at hold old your products are as they do expire. Most beauty experts can suggest a maximum date of three months for make up products as they come into contact with the skin or lashes. But read up on the products you select to ensure you have the appropriate throw out date.
New Research on Sensitive Skin
New research is suggesting that instead of continually exfoliating and breaking down the skin layers to help products absorb better, we should be strengthening the skin layers rather than striping them.
New products like the self utilizing hydrolyzed salmon roe protein derived from an enzyme young salmon release at birth to break down their eggshells can help with healing sensitive skin while producing anti-aging results through exfoliation. These enzymes gently exfoliate sensitive skin without causing redness, itchiness or flakiness because unlike traditional exfoliators. because the enzyme itself is living and constantly working. Think of it as a slow process that works just a well as a faster scrub but over a longer period of time.
Acne is difficult to treat with sensitive skin, as products for acne usually include alcohol and salicylic acid which can also lead to irritations within the skin. New research has found that Copaiba essential oil, made from resin tapped from trees in the Amazon jungle. Copaiba essential oil has molecules that fight both infection and inflammation. It can also reduce blemishes with continual useage.
Keep in mind that even the scientific community is unable to define ‘sensitive’ skin and also market according to specific relief such as ‘hypoallergenic’ products as there are no federal standards governing manufacturers’ use of the term “hypoallergenic.”
Being Gentle with Sensitive Skin