How to get sensitive skin healthy and glowing.
With the change of the season, many us will notice an increase in skin sensitivity. I would like to teach you what I’ve learnt through my journey of living with sensitive skin and share with you my favourite products that help to calm sensitive skin and heal the damaging affects it can cause.
The Causes Of Skin Sensitivity
Genetics play a role in what type of skin we have, therefore some of us are destined to experience sensitive skin through no fault of our own. While others can develop sensitivity due to illness, lifestyle choices, infection, hormonal changes, environmental exposure to elements such as sun, wind and extreme changes in temperature. The list also includes medication, topical or internal allergic reactions, exposure to toxins and irritating skin care ingredients.
To achieve sustainable strong skin it is vital we work with the skin to rebuild and heal it from the effects of sensitivity. The three key areas we need to focus on are; soothing irritation, stopping inflammation and reducing stimulation.
Irritation can effect the skin in a number of ways, you can experience tightness, flakiness, dryness, itchiness, swelling, bumps and/ or hives.
Skin can become prone to irritation due to an allergic reaction or an impaired barrier function. The barrier is the skin’s first line of defence and protects it from topical irritation, moisture loss and physical trauma. A broken or impaired barrier causes the skin to dry out and become prone to irritation and inflammation from exposure to irritants, allergens and environmental factors. It can all start simply with cleansing the face, many suds up cleansers strip the protective oils from the skin, leaving it vulnerable to skin conditions such as Dermatitis, Eczema while Rosacea can also develop.
Inflammation is visibly recognised as redness, and can look bumpy and swollen. The skin can also feel hot and irritated.
Inflammation is an essential part of the body’s healing process: It occurs at the cellular level when the immune system tries to fight irritation and repair damaged skin. Ongoing inflammation can accelerate the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, as well as puffiness, sagging, blotchiness or reddening of the skin. Treat inflamed skin kindly and stop using granulated exfoliants and other harsh treatments on the skin.
Sensitive skin can become hot very quickly, its important to keep the skin cool and reduce stimulation.
Reduce stimulation both topically and internally by protecting the skin from heat such as hot drinks and showers, sun and extreme weather conditions. While sensitive skin does need barrier protection, we must also allow the skin to breathe. Many heavy or highly emulsified creams coat the skin and won’t allow it to regulate it’s temperature easily. It’s important to use natural, breathable, plant based oils, balms and creams. Ditch any products that contain irritating PEG based emulsifiers.
Healing The Skin
Heal the effects of sensitivity by getting healthy and introduce Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and/or fatty acids into your life. These are healthy fats and are good for both the body and the skin, they will give you a more glowing and youthful complexion. As the skin doesn’t produce it’s own EFAs they need to be consumed and/ or topically applied to achieve these benefits.
EFAs protect delicate and irritated skin by helping it retain moisture, soothing dry skin and reduces skin irritation. They create a seal that keeps the skin nourished and protects it from harmful irritants and toxins.
The topical application of EFAs helps to rebuild the skin’s barrier function to provide protection from both pollution and extreme weather conditions such as the sun, cold and wind, which can strip the skin’s natural oils. Maintaining these healthy oils on the skin’s surface increases hydration, softness and elasticity, while protecting it from harmful bacteria.
A deficiency of EFAs can lead to various skin conditions such as Sensitivity, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Rosacea. Essential fatty acid rich oils work together to reinforce the protective membrane lining our skin’s living cells to stop inflammation in its tracks. EFAs also helps with the absorption of other nutrients within your skin care which will aid the skin’s ability to heal.
Hero Skin Savers For Sensitive Skin
This unique essential fatty acid packed eye and face cleansing balm will dissolve make-up and toxins to leave the skin feeling soft and fresh. Suitable for sensitive and over-stimulated skin types. This delicious cleansing balm is created using essential fatty acid rich mango butter as well as coconut, pomegranate and pumpkin seed oils.
Put the bounce back into dehydrated skin with this rich antioxidant skin drink, while soothing nutrients calm redness and irritation.
To be used in place of a toner. While this doesn’t contain essential fatty acids, it does contain Fucogel which is rich in Fucose (33%) which relieves the spread of inflammatory and/or allergic reactions. Think of it like a shock absorber, preventing the spread of inflammation between cells.
This is the perfect breathable day cream and will help replenishes hydration, calm redness and irritation while leaving the skin feeling protected and strong. This soothing blend is created using essential fatty acid rich macadamia, rosehip, raspberry, pomegranate and cranberry oils.
Feed the skin at night with the super calming face oil. Re Juice has a profound soothing effect on the skin and uses a combination of anti-inflammatory and healing extracts. They work together to strengthen the skin and to neutralise the cause and effect of skin reactions. This nutritious formula has been created using essential fatty acid rich prickly pear, blueberry, kiwi fruit and evening primrose oils.
This natural barrier repair balm will help soothe, soften and condition the face and body. This pure plant oil balm is pregnancy safe and nut oil free and can be used on babies from 4 weeks old.
This healthy skin saver balm is a multitasking over-achiever. This super concentrated skin-fix is your emergency go-to, leaving an all-natural moisture glow .
Green Juice will help to sedate allergic reactions and calm overstimulated, congested or reactive skin. This pure blend of essential fatty acid rich coconut, blueberry, pomegranate, raspberry, cranberry and shea butter is safe for even the most fragile skin. Green Juice is also suitable to be used on the skin throughout cancer treatments.
A little tip: Protect the skin against drying and irritation during shower or bath time by massaging the Green Juice onto the skin before to form a barrier against the water for dry, sensitive and irritated skin.