Is your skin dry, itchy or does it react easily to different products? Perhaps your skin is dry, you suffer from eczema, or you are prone to allergic reactions? If so, your skin might be sensitive.
So is there a treatment for sensitive skin?
Unfortunately sensitive skin cannot be cured. The best way to keep skin sensitivity under control is to firstly identify what type of sensitive skin you have, and then use products specifically formulated to help relieve it. Is it dry, patchy, flaky, itchy or cracked? Does your skin react badly to changes in temperature?
Restoring hydration, nourishing it and keeping it away from anything that might spark a rash, cracking or flaking is key.
Here are our 3 golden rules to follow, whatever form your skin sensitivity comes in.
Managing your sensitive skin: The Rules
1. Know your triggers
By identifying what sets off your skin’s bad reactions you can be better prepared, and try to avoid these. Whether it’s something in your diet, or that scratchy wool jumper, knowing what is causing these reactions is vital.
2. Avoid allergens
Even when you know what is causing your skin’s trouble, it’s great to avoid other high level allergens – whether it is harsh detergent in your laundry or chlorine-heavy pools.
3. Hydrate and nourish
The real secret to keeping sensitive skin happy is hydration. Moisturising the skin is vital. Most sensitive skin issues come from skin being too dry, and its natural oils being stripped away. Restoring much-needed hydration with the paraben-free and fragrance-free products like La Roche Posay’s Lipikar range works wonders. In winter, make sure lips are hydrated too, to save them from painful cracking and chapping, with La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lips.
Consult a doctor or dermatologist if your condition doesn’t improve significantly with a new skincare routine, or if scratching causes an infection.