Beauty Solutions for Sensitive Skin
The term ‘sensitive skin’ describes a range of different skin conditions, including rosacea, eczema and dry skin, and affects 50 per cent of women and 40 per cent of men.
Sometimes skin can react to cosmetics, skincare or personal hygiene products. Start keeping a ‘skin diary’ for a few months, and from there you may be able to pinpoint a product that’s causing irritation. It also pays to be mindful of lifestyle factors - Do you notice your skin reacts when you drink alcohol or eat certain foods? Stress is also a big trigger for skin sensitivity.
It’s becoming increasingly common for women to ask about products that are fragrance-free, because they react to fragrances.
Some known skin irritants:
- SD alcohol
- Artificial fragrance
- Artificial colours
- Strong retinoids
- Strong cleansing agents
- High levels of Hydroxyl Acids
Ingredients that Soothe
- Oat actives - reduces redness and itching
- Chamomile - reduces redness and swelling
- Ginger - reduces redness and irritation
- Liquorice - anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
- Green tea and white tea - contains polyphenols that reduce inflammation
If you suffer from sensitive skin you’re best to seek the advice of a skincare professional.
Source: Living Well magazine, Issue 06, Spring/Summer 2016.
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