This month, we wanted to talk about sensitive skin as around 65% of the population have sensitive skin.
First a bit of background:
Sensitive skin is characterized by stinging, burning and itching sensations.
Usually it appears after contact of a trigger in the environment and sometimes even emotions. However even if the amount of potential risk factors seem endless, there are ways to protect the skin from them and avoid this hyper reactivity and discomfort.
Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. The sensation of burning and redness is directly
caused by the nerve endings in the skin becoming irritated. The natural protective layer of the skin doesn’t work properly and is causing the triggers to penetrate and irritated the nerves. The most frequent risk factors are the brutal changes in temperature, cold weather or hot or hard water, stress, sleep issues, dehydratation, …
Knowing that, it is easy to see that re-creating the skin natural barrier is essential in this condition.
We have compiled our favourite product and top tips to help you achieve a not-so-much-overreacting skin.
4 Tips for Sensitive Skin
1. Keep Hydrated
While the weather outside can be frightful, the heating on the inside can also be detrimental for drying out your skin. Dehydration is when there is a lack of water in the stratum corneum – the outermost layer of the epidermis. Your skin keeps water inside of your body, so when it is dry or cold, water evaporates off the surface faster, resulting in red cracked lips as well as rough and flaky skin, or even more sensitive skin outbreaks.
Marine’s Recommendation :
I like this product because it is a “all in one “ bottle for calming straight away irritated and sensitive skin. On top of its immediate soothing effect, it actively teach your skin on how to become less reactive and protect it from environmental aggression such as UV, pollution and free radicals. Oh, and of course it contains hyaluronic acid for a perfect hydrated skin.
2. Shield your skin
As said, this is the turning point on taking care of your sensitive skin: recreating the natural role of it : barrier !
And the new researches have shown that one of the best way is to take care of our good bacterias creating our skin microbiome.
You already know, how big fans we are at Make Me Feel of Gallinée products which are using pre, pro and Postbiotics in their patented formulas.
I think for sensitive skin that makes all senses isn’t it ?
Marine’s Recommendation :
For very dry skin, I will go for :
A very good moisturizing cream, especially designed for redness prone skin, which will help soothing and calming irritations. Also I like the fact that it contains a SPF which is indispensable for sensitive skin.
3. Examine before you Exfoliate and treat your skin as gentle as possible
The need for exfoliation can be different for every person and ultimately you need to keep an eye on your own skin and determine whether exfoliation is required.
The harsh weather compromises your skin barrier and this is where issues can arise with exfoliation. If your skin is very dry, don’t risk it but if you know your skin can handle it, we’d recommend exfoliating once a week over the Winter months. This will help to speed up the skin’s regeneration and allow better penetration of your moisturizer.
Marine’s recommandation :
Ren – Evercalmrescuemask,
REN’s Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask is specially developed to combat over-sensitivity, it will calm, soothe and moisturise, helping to instantly alleviate the key signs of sensitive skin.
4. Boost your Skin with Omega-3
Boost your Omega-3 levels by thinking more about your diet or with an Omega-3 nutritional supplement to help target skin dryness from within. The skin’s barrier is made up of many types of fats (lipids) including phospholipids, cholesterol and free fatty acids. When the skin doesn’t have enough of these fats, then essential water can be lost through the barrier, causing skin dehydration. Give these fats a boost by indulging in Oily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables which are high in fatty acids and protein to help stimulate the production of healthy skin.