Sensitive Skin: Why It Happens And How To Treat It

Beauty

Sensitive Skin

This week’s skin type is – Sensitive skin! This can be a difficult skin type to have as many products won’t agree with it and could irritate the skin further! If this is a skin type you thing you might have keep reading to find out why it happens and how you can treat it.

What causes Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin occurs when the skin’s natural barrier is broken down by things such as dirt, pollution, climate changes, hard water etc., it can cause the skin to become more sensitive. It may also be caused by skincare/cosmetic products you are using irritating the skin. It could even be due to dehydration within the skin. The truth is there are lots of things that can cause your skin to become sensitive, all you can do is treat it accordingly and pay attention to things that might heighten its sensitivity to try to get to the root problem.

How do you identify Sensitive Skin?

  • Redness
  • Sensitive to touch 
  • Burning sensation/irritation upon product application 
  • Dryness 
  • Itchiness/Blotchiness

Note that you may experience these symptoms on some areas of your face and not others, this may mean you have a combination skin. The cheeks are a very common place to experience sensitive skin.

How can I treat Sensitive Skin?

  • Look for hypoallergenic products as these are less likely to cause a reaction
  • Avoid products containing parabens and fragrances
  • Cleanse twice a day with a gentle cleanser
  • Avoid using hot water on sensitive areas  
  • Always make sure to wear an SPF daily
  • Moisturize twice daily with a nourishing moisturizer (often sensitivity can be linked to dryness)

What ingredients will benefit Sensitive Skin?

  • Hyaluronic acid – Helps to draw moisture to the skin tissues aiding in dehydration
  • Anti-oxidants – Help to protect the skin against the environment, helps retain moisture levels
  • Amino Acids – Help to lock in moisture while being gentle on the skin
  • Vitamin C – This helps to brighten the complexion of the skin and prevent oxidative damage
  • Aloe Vera – This helps to soothe sensitive skin and it is completely natural

Note that for the best results you should use this article in conjunction with my other articles!

  1. Skincare basics
  2. Oily Skin - Why it happens and how to treat it
  3. Dry Skin - Why it happens and how to treat it

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and I will be back next week with all you need to know about a ‘normal’ skin type! Until then… All my love, SJL X

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Sophia Lynch

I'm 18 years old and I'm a qualified beauty therapist and nail technician! 💕 I'm obsessed with all things beauty from skincare to makeup and started my blog so that I could just tell people my little tips and tricks and of course my opinions!