Collection: Sensitive Skin Care

Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is skin which responds easily to physical or chemical stimuli. It can become red, sting, tingle or feel like it is burning. It is also often drier than average skin.

Please complete our Fitzpatrick skin test to find out more about your skin.

Sensitive Skin Categories – Which Do You Fall Under?

Dermatologists have classified sensitive or reactive skin into three categories. Please read the types below and consider which applies to you.

  • Type I-the “low skin barrier function” group. Skin falls into this category if there are signs it is extremely dry and if it has abnormal shedding or peeling in addition to its abnormal reactions to harmless stimuli.
  • Type II- the “inflammation group with normal barrier function and inflammatory changes” group. This skin type can be defined by visible inflammation and redness (as an enhanced response to stimuli). This category could include Rosacea.
  • Type III – the “pseudo-healthy normal barrier function and no inflammatory changes” group. A person’s skin may be placed in this category if there are no visible signs of dryness, abnormal skin peeling, inflammation or redness, yet the person feels pain, stinging, itching or burning when introduced to stimuli.

There are many factors that elicit sensitive responses, from physical to chemical and hormonal triggers.

  • Physical factors include UV radiation, wind, heat, and cold.
  • Chemical factors include cosmetics, soaps, and pollutants.
  • Psychological and hormonal factors include stress and menstruation.

How you treat your skin will depend on your sensitive skin type and the triggers to which you react.

Treatment Options for Your Type

Type I Sensitive Skin is characterized by low skin barrier function, resulting in dry and abnormally peeling skin.

  • To manage the decreased skin barrier function, a suitable treatment plan must hydrate the skin.
  • Hydrating ingredients are beneficial as they fill in gaps in the skin barrier, preventing the penetration of stimuli that may cause a sensitive response.

Type II sensitive skin is characterized by an inflammation.

  • To treat this type of skin, a treatment plan must use ingredients that provide comfort to the skin.
  • These ingredients calm signs of redness, burning, and itching; they alleviate the discomfort of the skin's responses to stimuli.

Type III sensitive skin is the hardest to characterize because there is no visible manifestation of sensitivity.

  • The best course of action with this type of skin is a treatment plan that helps avoid the skin-sensitivity triggers.


 

The Importance of Regular Skin Care

No matter what type of sensitive skin you have, it is very important to maintain a regimen which includes adequate cleansing and proper hydration.

The good news is there are several powerhouse ingredients that can treat all types of sensitive skin, calming the visible responses and lessening discomfort.

The information below will talk you through each ingredient and show you how its properties will help improve your skin.

Hero Ingredients

Hyaluronic Acid is known for its ability to alleviate skin sensitivity by providing surface hydration. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin. That means it attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water. It draws water to skin cells, providing surface hydration.

    • Hyaluronic Acid will moisturise your skin and so improve the its barrier function, protecting against irritants.

EUK134.01% is a high-potency antioxidant - a synthetic version of S.Dismutase and catalase. EUK 134.01% lasts all day and will control redness in the skin, as well as protecting it from the negative effects of UV radiation.

    • EUK 134.01% plays an important role in controlling redness in the skin.
    • Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals (unstable molecules) to help prevent oxidative damage in the skin.

Gluconolactone is a PHA, an acid, and is used in skincare formulations for its natural antioxidant benefits (which are as effective as vitamin C and vitamin E). Gluconolactone moisturises and helps resurface skin as well as protecting it from radiation. It will strengthen the skin’s barrier function.

    • It is an hydrating ingredient that improves the skin’s texture and tone.
    • It has been suggested that Gluconolactone can protect skin from up to 50% of harmful UV radiation.      

Glucosamine is an amino sugar and a naturally occurring substance, found in the connective tissues of the body. It is one of the building blocks of cartilage.

    • Without irritation, this ingredient increases natural hyaluronic acid production in the skin, improving hydration and decreasing wrinkles.
    • Glucosamine has been shown to accelerate wound healing.

Azaleic Acid helps to treat redness, like rosacea, by decreasing the swelling and redness of the skin.

    • It works a gentle, leave-on exfoliant which unclogs pores and refines the skin's surface.
    • Azaleic Acid is a good all-rounder for sensitive skin, treating both causes and symptoms.

Vitamin C as L-Ascorbic Acid has the antioxidant properties of ascorbic acid and helps to heal damaged skin.

    • It also plays a role in helping the skin make collagen and in healing wounds.
    • It also has the potential to thicken the dermis and diminish fine lines
    • By helping the skin heal its surface, Vitamin C as L-Ascorbic Acid strengthens its barrier against irritants.

Pro Vit B5 is best known for being a humectant, a substance that keeps things moist.

    • It is a natural skin healer and protector – so it hydrates, protects and regenerates.
    • Provitamin B5 protects the skin’s barrier and helps it withhold moisture.
    • Pro-Vitamin B5 will maximise your skin’s hydration and relieve symptoms of irritation.

Ferulic Acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant that assists with skin hydration. 

    • It helps to protect the skin’s integrity.
    • It also works to boost the effects of other antioxidants.
    • Ferulic Acid hydrates the skin and preserves its integrity 
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