Sensitive skin is a term that can include plenty of different conditions. It could mean skin that is dry, itchy or simply one that reacts easily to certain products. It can mean skin that has allergic reactions, or even eczema.
Sensitive skin is something most of us think we have.
So is there a cure for my sensitive skin?
There is no such thing as a “cure” for sensitive skin. However - by using lipid-replenishing and skin-barrier repairing skincare, sensitive skin can become less-so over time. Sensitive skin is not something you have to live with. Dr Sarah Wakelin, a Consultant Dermatologist says “It constantly amazes me that people care more about what they wash their clothes with than what they wash their faces with. Sensitive skin issues often stem from using the wrong product. Sensitivity can easily be avoided.”
Step 1. Do you have sensitive skin?
The 10 Key Questions Checklist
Is you skin affected by sudden changes in temperature?
Does your skin feel tight and itchy?
Does your skin look patchy and blotchy?
Does your skin feel dry and flaky?
Does your skin react badly to soaps and shower gels?
Does your skin crack of bleed easily?
Does your skin react after showering, bathing or swimming?
Does your skin peel and shed?
Does your skin show fine lines?
Is your skin lacklustre and dull looking?
If you’ve answered yes to the questions above then here are
3 simple steps to manage your sensitive skin better.
1. Establish your triggers
By knowing what your triggers are you can avoid them. If it’s a food allergy or a swim in the local chlorine rich pool that is affecting your skin, rule them out and know what is causing your skin’s problems.
2. Avoid the usual suspects
Dry heating, air-conditioning, woollen clothes, harsh detergents – all these are often the culprits for dry and sensitive skin sufferers. Hot showers and fragranced soaps or abrasive shower gels are also often to blame.
3. Hydrate and nourish
Always keep your sensitive skin hydrated and moisturised with the right products. Steer clear of any alcohol-based products and keep the formulas as simple as possible.
La Roche-Posay recommend:
Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
A gentle wipe-off milk cleanser that replenishes lost-lipids from the skin whilst simultaneously effectively removing make-up and grime from the skin. This pH balanced cleanser has no colourants, fragrance and has a minimalist list of ingredients. It’s no wonder that 9/10 dermatologists would recommend La Roche-Posay Toleriane’s range for sensitive skin.
Toleriane Ultra Moisturiser
The ultimate moisturiser for those with sensitive reactive skin. Its hermetic (hygienic packaging) means that once open, the formula inside remains protected from outside elements and stays pure with no need for preservatives (a main allergen). This glycerin-rich, minimalist formula has been proved to be so safe it’s been given the Allergy UK seal of approval.