It is actually not fair.  Sensitive skin is one of the most common health conditions, yet no two people have the same combination of symptoms.  What works for one person, makes someone else's skin worse.  And the reality is that most people will never figure out exactly what their specific allergies are.

1. signs of sensitive skin ....

If you aren’t sure whether you have sensitive skin, take a look at these common signs below. If you experience any of them, you will benefit from using skincare that provides a little extra comfort and most importantly, improves it's resilience. If your skin ...
  • Feels tight & uncomfortable
  • Is sometimes sore or sensitive to touch
  • Is itchy
  • Develops a rash
  • Flushes easily after a spicy meal or drinking alcohol
  • Has patches of redness that may or may not fade
  • Has areas of uneven texture, with dryness & flakiness
  • Reacts to skincare or other irritants
  • Can feel itchy after wearing coarse, synthetic fabrics
  • Turns red and dries out after a hot shower or bath
  • Sensitive Skin often goes together with Asthma or Hayfever

2. what triggers sensitive skin ....

Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. This occurs to you because your skin’s natural barrier function is weakened & overreacts to a stimulus, (grumble, grumble)... Some common triggers include:
  • Frequent changes in temperature
  • Cold, harsh weather
  • Pollen
  • Allergies
  • Very hot water
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress & late nights
  • Dehydration
  • Exposure to irritants

3. what can i do about it ...

You can certainly try avoiding some of the triggers listed above. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, unless you quit work, move to a tropical (bugless) island that happens to have endless pots of gold & no responsibilities.
Alternately, you can improve your skin's barrier function to improve your skin's resilience to triggers. By using the right skincare regimen designed for sensitive skin. To protect your skin from irritation, look for the following features in your skincare:
  • Super-hydrating/almost oily
  • Skin penetrating - ingredients like Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil
  • Avoid ingredients which sit on the skin, like mineral oil (a kindly name for petrolatum) & lanolin (wool fat)
  • Minimal ingredients to avoid irritation
  • No known irritants - avoid parabens, sulphates, formaldehydes etc.
  • Minimal unnecessary ingredients, ie. fragrance, colour, fillers