Sensitive Skin Issues? Here Is How To Calm Them
While the desire for a smooth skin tone and a healthy glow is a universal one, not many people can claim that this is their normal reality. In fact, quite the opposite is true, as it is estimated that more than half of the world’s population struggles with sensitive skin, including redness, itchiness, stinging, or general skin discomfort.
The reasons for skin sensitivity range from the sun to spicy foods. Moreover, irritation can be triggered very easily if the skin’s barrier has been compromised, resulting in that angry red tinge that usually appears on the cheeks, around the nose, chin or even the forehead. And while a healthy flush may be attractive, looking as though you are permanently suffering from sunburn really isn’t. So where does this irritated skin come from?
Let’s unpack the triggers for sensitive skin
- The sun
As mentioned before, our primary source of light is also the primary suspect. Sun exposure is one of the biggest stressors for sensitive skin. Harmful UV rays trigger inflammation, redness, and oxidative stress in the skin, and also wreak havoc on the skin’s natural barrier function, leaving it susceptible to further environmental aggressors, such as the wind, dust, and pollutants.
- Weak skin defence
A weakened barrier function also results in skin that is unable to retain moisture effectively, so it may feel tight, dry, or itchy, with possible flakiness. It may also play a role in a number of skin conditions, including contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, and premature skin ageing.
It’s likely that skin sensitivity will become a concern for most people at some point in their lives – particularly for those of us who live in cities and are exposed to the harsh South African sun on a daily basis. But there are several things you can do to help prevent skin sensitivity. Dr Des Fernandes, Founder and Scientific Director of Environ, shares his tips to help calm your complexion below:
Avoid hot baths and showers
Exposing your skin to temperatures that are too hot (or too cold) stimulates the release of histamine, which triggers skin irritation and inflammation. Cleansing skin using hot water strips the skin’s waxy lipid bilayer, leaving it feeling tight and dry.
Clean out your skincare regime
Eliminate any skincare products that contain irritating ingredients, such as heavy fragrances, alcohol, and detergents. It’s also best to avoid the use harsh, granular scrubs, microbeads, and scrubbing brushes. Moreover, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time for you to identify and eliminate all toxic ingredients in your skincare and beauty regime, as they can do more than just cause skin sensitivity. Here are the risks involved in using skincare products that contain toxins such as petrochemicals, parabens, propylene glycol and ethylene glycol:
- Skin intolerances and allergies;
- Malignant cell formation;
- Endocrine and hormonal disruption;
- Reproductive, immune and nervous system toxicity; and
- Neurological damage.
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Moisturise your skin
Incorporating a hydrating serum into your skincare regime will help to soothe sensitive skin while adding extra moisture. Click on the link to find out which newly launched products will lock moisture inside your skin for good. Try Environ’ newly launched Focus Care™ Moisture+ Range which contain various combinations of scientifically researched ingredients that may deliver moisture boosting benefits to dehydrated skin.
Try colostrum to soothe your skin
When used in skincare products, bovine colostrum is known to stimulate collagen production, help combat free radicals, and reduce inflammation and skin irritation. Environ’s Colostrum Gel is an immune-boosting serum that contains a combination of vitamins, minerals, and growth factors, to leave your skin looking visibly restored.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen worn daily is an essential. You need to ensure the sunscreen you choose is not only good for you, but also for the planet. When you buy a sunscreen product, check the label for these ingredients and avoid brands that are not caring for you. This is a re-post of Pie Mully’s recent Longevity editorial because we care about you!