Stinging, burning, itching and redness, you name it!
If you suffer from sensitive skin, you have overactive nerve endings in the top layer of your skin. This causes your skin to be more sensitive to sensations. Sensitive skin can affect everyone from babies to elderly people, regardless of the gender and ethnicity.
The Common Causes of Sensitive Skin
What causes overactive nerve endings in the top layer of the skin?
For some reasons, certain individuals have a weak skin barrier that can be easily broken down, exposing the nerve endings to external elements. This can be either a lifelong or temporary condition.
Apart from genetic conditions, there are some external factors that can weaken skin barrier and cause skin sensitivity such as:
- Sun exposure
- Extreme (or changes in) temperatures including harsh weather
- Poor quality of water including hard water, chlorine in swimming pools
- Sleep deprivation and stress
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause or menstrual cycle
- Dry skin conditions including dehydration
- Harsh chemicals in household or skincare products
- Foods that cause allergies
To strengthen your skin barrier, use soothing moisturiser like Rose & Cacay Hydrating Cream for all skin types or Neroli Antioxidant Cream for dry skin. Both of these award-winning moisturisers have been formulated with soothing botanical extracts and stabilised vitamin E to restore a healthy skin barrier.
How to Take Care of Sensitive Skin
To take care of sensitive skin properly, you need to have a better understanding on how the skin works. The main focus should be on strengthening the skin barrier function and minimising the exposure to the commonly known triggers.
3 Steps to Strengthen Your Skin Barrier Function
1. Eat healthy
A healthy diet should be the first step in sorting out health and skin issues. Make sure that your body gets enough protein and healthy fats. Protein and healthy fats help maintain a healthy skin barrier function. Read Best Foods for Healthy, Youthful Body and Skin for tips on a balanced diet.
2. Avoid the commonly known triggers
Limit the exposure to the commonly known triggers to allow more time for your skin to rebuild its weakened barrier. Avoid any contact with household and skincare products that contain potential irritants. Avoid the use of commonly known skin irritants such as artificial perfume/fragrance, artificial colours, parabens, phenoxyethanol, alcohol denat, formaldehyde, phthalates, sodium laureth/lauryl ether sulfate.
3. Be gentle with your skin
If you have sensitive skin, make sure that your hands are clean before you touch your face or other sensitive areas of your body. Use skincare products that contain skin-soothing and strengthening ingredients such as:
Scientifically proven to have anti-irritating, soothing and rejuvenating properties; Allantoin helps protect sensitive skin from irritation and premature signs of ageing. It is one of the key bioactives in multi-award-winning Antioxidant Youthful Essence. To protect your sensitive skin from daily pollution and skin-irritants, spritz this anti-pollution hydrating mist all over the face few times a day or as often as necessary.
- Saccharide Isomerate
This 100% plant-derived, skin-identical complex has excellent soothing and hydrating effects on the skin that stay up to 72 hours. Saccharide Isomerate is one of the main ingredients in Rose Gold Antioxidant Youthful Serum, anti-ageing serum that has been formulated with 24-karat colloidal gold, rose extract, saccharide isomerate and allantoin to prevent premature skin ageing and reduce the signs of ageing. It is suitable for all skin types including the sensitive and fragile skin around the eyes.
- 24-karat Nano Gold
Known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties, Nano Gold is one of the main ingredients in Nano Gold Nourishing Cream. Due to its ultra-micro size, Nano Gold can penetrate deeper into the skin to calm and rejuvenate sensitive skin. Apply nano gold nourishing cream as a day and night cream to reduce the signs of ageing and strengthen dry sensitive skin.
- Blue Chamomile
Blue Chamomile contains Alpha Bisabolol and Bisabolol Oxides, the substances that have anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Blue Chamomile has been used to calm irritation for thousands years. It is one of the main ingredients in Chamomile & Cacay Oil. Gently massage 4 to 6 drops of this skin-calming face oil into the skin on your face and neck, then follow with a moisturiser. Alternatively, mix few drops of Chamomile & Cacay Oil with a small amount of moisturiser to double up the moisturising effects.
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