Are you Sensitive to the heart or are you a Delicate flower?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Many women say I never have facials as I am too sensitive, or why is my skin always so sensitive? 

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Sensitive skin is one of the most challenging skin conditions to address. Sensitive skin is very thin, fragile-looking, pink-colored skin. Although sensitive skin may be inherited, any skin type can become prone to sensitivity under certain conditions. Climate and extreme temperatures, harsh ingredients and improper skin care, certain medications, topical prescription creams are some of the reasons that can account for skin irritation and reactions leading to sensitive skin symptoms. 

Sensitive skin will often react to internal factors such as eating spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or niacin (vitamin B). It is clear that a few of the symptoms of sensitive skin are erythema or redness, blotchy patches, skin becomes reactive to specific ingredients, the skin is warmer than healthy skin.

What can you do?

It is very important to protect the barrier function of a sensitive skin, if the skin is irritated and has reacted to skincare products and cosmetics is is likely that the natural hydralipic film has been removed. This will take time to rebuild the protective barrier once again. Use products that will support the skin and not impair it.

  • Be gentle on your skin use soft cleansing pads
  • Avoid harsh abrasives-scrubs, alcohols and astringents
  • Avoid soap
  • Avoid all acids such as Alpha, Beta hydroxy and Retinoic acids
  • Avoid Synthetic fragrances    

Look for these certain ingredients that are added in skincare products that have been shown to decrease sensitivity. Chamomile, azulene, bisabolol, cornflower, licorice extract, calendula, aloe, rose and horse chestnut.

Finally, it may be a good time to book a consultation with your esthetician so she may help assist your skin with treatment and product recommendations so you can look and feel your best!