Are you prone to breakouts? Rashes? Dermatitis? Does your skin itch when you even look at your average store-bought moisturiser? If you said yes to any of these, you probably have sensitive skin. A healthy, calm complexion is still in reach, though. Here is the lowdown on sensitive skin and how to manage it for your clearest, calmest, glowiest look ever.

 

<SIGNS OF SENSITIVE SKIN>

 

• Feeling tight and dry

• Redness that does not easily fade

• Itchiness

• Stinging and burning

• Uneven skin texture with dry patches and rashes

• Prone to breakouts

• Frequent blushing or skin flushes

 

Note, though, that sometimes skin conditions can be caused by other underlying health issues. If you’re not sure, consult your doctor or dermatologist.

 

<WHAT CAUSES SENSITIVE SKIN?>

 

• Genetic factors. Acne, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis are just a few of the skin conditions that are hereditary

• Environmental stressors (sun exposure, pollution, climate)

• Personal lifestyle habits (smoking, drinking coffee or alcohol, lack of sleep)

• Skincare products (skincare that contains preservatives, harmful chemicals and irritants can create unwanted redness and irritation)

• Stress

• Hormone changes

 

<HOW TO SOOTHE AND STRENGTHEN SENSITIVE SKIN>

 

1. RECOMMENDED SKINCARE ROUTINE

Cleanse & Tone:

 

Avoid using products containing surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Instead, look for products that contain nourishing and non-irritating ingredients that can help soothe the skin while cleansing. A good example is the AMALA NOURISHING GENTLE CLEANSING BALM; it comforts and nurtures for a deep cleanse without irritation.

To dissolve make-up and impurities, gently massage cleanser into your skin using circular motions. Use lukewarm rather than hot water when you rinse it off, as hot water will strip your skin of crucial moisture. Pat your skin dry rather than wiping it with a cloth.

Next, prep your skin with SUSANNE KAUFMANN TONIC SOOTHING. This gentle tonic features an alcohol-free formula that combats dryness while effectively calming irritate skin.

 

Apply a Serum:

 

For true relief for sensitive skin, apply a serum daily. Serums are without a doubt the most important skincare product, because they contain a high concentration of active ingredients specifically formulated to tackle different skin problems.

The AMBUJA DEWDROP ELIXIR is a fantastic choice: it’s your ultimate moisture infused with skin-soothing and regenerative properties. Containing bioactive substances such voodoo lily, which is anti-inflammatory, it penetrates the deeper skin layers, stopping allergic-like symptoms, skin irritation and redness in their tracks. Alpine rose root also helps by stabilising the skin’s natural defense system and acting as an antioxidant protective shield. As a result, skin is stronger and less likely to suffer from irritation.

 

Moisturise and Apply a Facial Oil:

 

The presence of sensitivity implies that the skin’s protective barrier is weak. Fight this by working with products that help maintain and nourish the upper layers of your complexion, so you can build a strong first line of defense.

SUSANNE KAUFMANN DAY CREAM LINE T contains energy-rich rosehip oil, which protects and moisturises the skin. It also contains a power-packing herbal complex of chamomile, sage, and St. John’s wort flower, all of which are known for their spectacular calming and soothing properties.

Facial oil is an effective alternative to cream moisturiser, helping to lock in moisture after you apply serum. Try AMALA SKIN CALMING REPARATIVE TREATMENT OIL, which has been specially designed for dry and sensitive skin. It contains camellia seed oil and apricot kernel oil, which are chockfull of omega-6 and 9 essential fatty acids and vitamins, as well as skin-saving caper berry extract, which inhibits inflammation and soothes reactive complexions.

 

2. MINIMISE SUN EXPOSURE

 

Sun exposure is one of the most common triggers for sensitive skin. Whether or not you have sensitive skin, prevent UV damage by applying a sunscreen every day before you go outside. We recommend physical sunscreens, particularly for those with sensitive skin, because chemical sunscreens contain artificial UV blockers that can cause redness and tingling sensations.

NATURAGLACE UV PROTECTION BASE SPF50 PA+++ is a great choice, providing strong protection against UVA and UVB thanks to titanium dioxide. With a fresh and silky texture, it spreads evenly on the skin, leaving a gentle, weightless finish.

 

3. TREAT YOUR SKIN RIGHT

Skin treatments are a great way to give yourself a bit of self-love. There’s something indulgent about taking the time to stop and do a mask (or two!). Cleansing masks may seem like a lovely little luxury; however, they’re not ideal for those who are prone to sensitive skin. They might draw out impurities but they’ll dry skin out at the same time – and often they contain nasty chemicals that will only irritate sensitive complexions, leaving them red, blotchy and inflamed.

So if you really want to remove excess oil and stubborn dirt, go for A.O.R DETOX & BRIGHTEN CLAY MASK. This mask has been uniquely formulated to combat environmental damage and humidity, and to help detoxify skin, unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Along with organic bentonite and kaolin clay, it also contains ingredients such as calendula flower extract and seabuckthorn oil, which moisturise and soothe skin. The result is a mask with 50% detoxifying and 50% hydrating properties.

For an extra hydration boost, use the A.O.R INTENSIVE MOISTURISING MASK right after you remove your clay mask. This plant cellulose fibre sheet mask is infused with 100% organic vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, pepper berry extract and sodium hyaluronate, delivering next-level nourishment to the skin. And it has been specially formulated to allow these super-powered nutrients to penetrate your skin’s deep layers for instant and lasting results – making it a great choice for those who want to calm irritated skin, and pronto.

 

4. IMPROVE SENSITIVE SKIN FROM WITHIN

 

Alongside a good skincare routine, living a healthy, balanced life will have a positive impact on your skin. Consider what you put into your body and how you treat it. Coffee, alcohol and consumption of inflammatory foods – processed foods, sugar-based products and dairy – can contribute to sensitive skin, so it follows that reducing your consumption of these substances will minimise irritation and redness.

Stress is also a major factor in the condition of your skin. Of course, it’s impossible to avoid stress completely, particularly in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, but there are ways to manage it. Regular exercise, meditation and/or breathwork can help here.

Another way to support sensitive skin is to consume more omega fatty acids. If you’re deficient in fatty acids, your skin’s protective barrier will be weak. Unfortunately, omega fatty acids are one of those things bodies cannot produce by themselves, so we need to get them elsewhere: ideally from the food we eat, but if that’s not possible, or if you know you can’t get enough through your food, you can increase your intake by taking a supplement. We like OGAENICS OILALALA SKIN OMEGA KOMPLEX: it delivers omega 3,6,7 and 9 and vegetable ß-carotene to strengthen the skin barrier and keep mucous membranes healthy. The end result is smoother, stronger skin.

Along with fatty acids, ceramide is another element that’s essential in replenishing the skin barrier. Ceramides are naturally present at optimum levels in young, healthy skin. At age 25, however, ceramide production begins to decline. You can supplement, though. We recommend OGAENICS TIMELESS SKIN ANTI-WRINKLE KOMPLEX – it delivers an effective dose of ceramides and plant-based squalene.