Does your skin sting and burn when you apply products?
Does it go red easily?
Does your skin feel sore?
Yes? You probably have sensitive skin.
So, what is sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is prone to inflammation and reactions to products, chemicals, fragrances and more. It often reacts by going red, stinging, burning and itching and can often be dry and flaky.
True sensitive skin is a genetic skin type and while we can’t change genetics properly looking after the skin can help manage the symptoms.
Often the cause of a seemingly sensitive skin is due to lack of care and leaving the skin unprotected and open to the elements. This causes the skin’s natural barrier to become damaged. This is a sensitized skin created by external factors such as environment and poor care.
Worry not though, there are things you can do to soothe your skin and repair its natural barrier to allow the skin to function properly.
Here are a few tips:
- Don’t use very hot water on your face
- Don’t use heavily fragranced or coloured products
- Always wear sunscreen
- Nourish the skin with oils
- Don’t use too many products
- Try not to overstimulate the skin with lots of massage
- Be gentle with your exfoliant
- Try to avoid extremes of temperature where possible
- In cold winter weather make sure to protect your skin before and after you go out and still wear your sunscreen
- Up your moisturiser game when the central heating is on
- Have regular professional facials
- Have a facial with a skin care expert who can advise you on the best routine and products for your skin
Stay tuned for more FAB skin care tips.