A US survey conducted in 2011 said that more than 50 per cent of women believe they have sensitive skin. The condition makes people react to environmental changes and cosmetics, causing symptoms such as redness, irritation, itching and blemishes.
According to Simple, the #1 UK sensitive skin expert, the reality is worse than the survey suggests: everyone has sensitive skin to varying degrees. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know our skin is sensitive, so we don’t know how to deal with it. Here, Simple, which specialises in kind-to-skin skincare, separates the myths from the realities.
Allergies can cause skin reactions, but these are not the same as sensitivities. Sensitivities arise when our skin barrier (the layer that keeps out environmental aggressors) becomes weaker. This can happen through stress, improper cleansing, exfoliation, UV exposure, hormonal changes and even pollution. Once the barrier is weakened, irritants like perfumes and dyes can enter skins. That’s when you get reactions like redness, tightness, stinging, blotches or breakouts.
Any skin type – oily, combination, normal or dry – can experience sensitivity. What is critical is your hydration levels, because any skin type can be dehydrated. Dehydration is caused by an impaired moisture barrier that allows water to evaporate from skin. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water and have a consistent skincare regime that includes an appropriate moisturiser – even if your skin is oily.
Some people react dramatically to everything, but many others go through periods of sensitivity, for example, from stress or hormonal changes. Even mild reactions are a sign that your body doesn’t like something. It may be a product that you can simply stop using. It may also be stress, in which case you might need to be kinder to yourself – drink more water, eat more healthily and exercise.
There are multiple reasons behind skin sensitivities and not everyone reacts to fragrance. That said, it is a common trigger for sensitive skin, along with dyes and other common skincare additives, so if you have been experiencing reactions and irritation, ditching perfume and products that contain perfume is an easy first step.
It’s a myth that you can only use basic moisturisers or prescription-only skincare if you have sensitive skin. In fact, it’s important that you use a good cleanser, because improper cleansing can reduce barrier function, and that you tone and moisturise too. That said, you don’t have your pick of what’s on drugstore shelves as many ranges have ingredients that can easily irritate.
It is, however, still possible to have skin that’s not just healthy, but beautiful too. How? By being kind to yourself, both with the things you do and the products you apply. Simple Skin Care is free from harsh chemicals, artificial scents and colours that could potentially cause reactions. That means it’s ideal even for the most sensitive skin.
To start, the brand suggests Moisturising Facial Wash ($13.90) for normal to slightly dry skin and Refreshing Facial Gel ($13.90) for normal and combination skin. If you’re pressed for time, use Cleansing Facial Wipes ($13.90). For toning, there’s Soothing Facial Toner ($12.90) to make pores appear smaller. Finally, there’s Hydrating Light Moisturiser ($15.20), which doesn’t feel heavy in our humid climate, and keeps skin soft and supple.
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