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Caring for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin affects up to 50% of the population and is generally characterised by symptoms that are generally felt and not seen, such as itching and burning but can result in visible signs such as reddening and skin flaking. Sensitive skin generally describes a condition of hyper reactivity to external and internal triggers, including creams, temperature, wind and stress. Sensitive skin is more common in paler skin types with up to 60% of women and 50% of men suffering with some level of sensitive skin.

Caring for sensitive skin can be difficult and can take a lot of trial and error finding products that work to calm the skin and alleviate the symptoms without causing an adverse reaction. To enable you to determine the best products to use to keep your skin moisturised and cared for, you first need to determine the nature of your sensitivity and what ingredients trigger a reaction.
It can often feel like a never ending battle finding products that don’t cause a reaction and that actually work to calm your skin and create a lack of sensitivity. This is because it is often the products that are causing a reaction to aggravate sensitive skin. The reaction can come in many forms; itchiness, rashes, breakouts or redness and blotchiness, amongst others. These symptoms can sometimes be the sign of skin complaints such as eczema, rosacea and even more serious conditions, so it is important to visit your doctor and get your skin examined. Sensitive skin is often a further symptom of conditions such as rosacea and eczema and although these conditions do need specialised care, they can in some instances be treated effectively with treatments designed for sensitive skin.  Once you have ascertained the nature of your sensitive skin you need to find products to deal with the complaint. All skin types need to be cleansed and moisturised so it is important to find products to do this but do proceed with caution.

There are of course further external factors to consider beside topical treatments where sensitive skin is concerned. It is imperative for all skin types to avoid the sun and to ensure that your skin is protected with a strong SPF. Creating a food diary and looking for sensitivity to foods and other factors could also be considered to allow for a more comprehensive approach to your skin care routine.

Products with perfumes and fragrances in are often notorious for exacerbating sensitive skins; this includes even those that claim to be natural because they come from herbs or plants. Regulations and stipulations are not in place to what a skin care line or cosmetic can claim; therefore although hypoallergenic products, or those that claim to be, are often best associated for use with sensitive skin; this isn’t always proven so do not regulate yourself to solely using these products. The best products to use for sensitive skin are ones that are gentle, fragrance and colour free and water-binding. You need to use a product that offers good hydration and ideally a product that that is soothing and calming.

An excellent product to use is Sensicure®. It effectively delivers a calming and soothing action to rapidly and effectively control irritation. The Sensicure® also incorporates a desensitising effect which increases the skin’s tolerance thresholds. This leads to a reduction in the frequency and level of itching and burning. It also maintains and improves the natural protective functions of the skin by enhancing epidermal skin lipids, which delivers improved hydration and reduces unpleasant tightness. Its triple action formula delivers skin barrier lipids to boost Essential Fatty Acids. MSM calms and desensitises to increase resistance to irritation; while Xylitol enhances control of skin water loss


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