How to manage Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can affect all areas of the body. It most commonly affects the face. Most people who suffer from sensitive skin have related skin conditions, such as rosacea, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis as well as psoriasis. These skin conditions can result in long-term skin sensitivity. Sensitive skin can also be a short-term problem, which can be treated with the correct treatment. 

There are numerous factors that cause sensitive skin: 

Physical Factors

  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Intense hot and cold weather
  • Wind
  • Dry Air

Chemical Triggers

  • Detergents
  • Pollutants
  • Washing the skin with harsh alkaline soaps too often
  • Exfoliation
  • Chemical peels
  • High concentrations of active ingredients in skincare products
  • Oral Isotretinoin 

Hormonal Triggers

  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy

Ways to cope with Sensitive Skin

  • Use gentle facial cleansers and moisturisers that are pH neutral
  • Avoid exfoliators & scrubs
  • Use products specifically developed for sensitive skin
  • Use sunscreens free from chemicals 
  • Build a healthy skin barrier by using barrier repair creams.

Anti-Aging Ingredients suitable for sensitive skin

Traditional anti-ageing skincare products were topical retinoids, such as Vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acids. These ingredients contain anti-ageing properties, however they cause irritations to the skin, which leads to skin sensitivity. Nowadays there are a lot more anti-ageing products available that don’t cause such skin irritations. These products are gentler on the skin, they protect the skin’s barrier, decrease redness and pigmentation all while yielding anti-ageing results.

Niacinamide is a multifaceted ingredient, which also enhances the function of the skin’s barrier, it brightens pigmentation and diminishes oiliness in the skin. It also has anti-ageing properties. 

Hyaluronic Acid is commonly incorporated in new-age anti-ageing skincare products. It pulls water into itself and adds plump to the skin. 

Peptides as well as Growth Factors extracted from plants also present gentle anti-ageing results for those whose skin can’t endure products containing strong active ingredients 

Anti-aging skincare for sensitive skin has undergone a considerable amount of transformation within the past few years and it is something that will go on to be a rising trend.