Looking after skin that is Sensitive

If you suffer with a sensitive skin it can be extremely hard figuring out the best way to treat it and what to avoid to prevent flare-ups. Although frustrating there are ways in which you can manage the condition. We can help you to find a regime that works with your skin, our specialist preparations are hypoallergenic and have been formulated for the most hypersensitive.

Here are some things that you can do to help -

  • Choose skincare that is un-perfumed and without irritants such as parabens and alcohol. Fragrance does not add any benefit and can be made up of elements that are known to aggravate.
  • Products with shorter ingredient listings are less likely to contain something that will bother your skin. Anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Allantoin and Aloe Vera in particular are a great choice. Our Calming & Desensitising Gel is an anti-trauma gel that addresses reactive, inflamed and irritated skin. It soothes and promotes healing, allowing the skin to re-discover a sense of comfort.
  • Avoid harsh exfoliators and anything that strips the skin of its natural oils such as bar soap and make-up removing wipes. Your skin generally has a PH of around 5 whereas soap’s PH ranges from 8-10, this instantly changes your skin’s acid balance stripping it of its moisture.
  • If you have a very reactive skin we suggest that when trying a new product you introduce one at a time and apply a small amount behind the ear for 24 hours to patch test.
  •  Try to identify your triggers by keeping a diary.  The worst culprits are stress, hormonal fluctuations, spicy food, dairy, sugar and alcohol although sometimes a simple change in something like laundry detergent can cause a flare up.
  •  Protect your skin from UVA/UVB SPF each day. We recommend our Oxygenating Protecting Body Moisturiser with SPF20 as it protects skin from environmental threats that attack its protective barrier. This gentle cream deeply nourishes and restores dry skin areas. For the face see Oxygenating Moisture Protection, Hyaluronic Active and Enhance & Protect all with SPF.

If you would like personalised and confidential skincare advice, please do get in touch.