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A delicate situation

 | August 30, 2012

When dealing with sensitive skin, tread carefully.


Sensitive skin is a tricky issue. You can easily tell it apart form ‘normal’ skin as it will be persistently red, and sometimes displaying rosacea symptoms. But, some of us who may not have sensitive skin can sometimes experience sensitivity on occasion. This may be triggered by change of environment when travelling, environmental factors (pollution, heavy winds, dry air), use of an irritating product, eating the wrong foods, use of certain medications, or using the wrong soap that contains harsh chemicals.

When your skin feels inflamed, it needs to be calmed down. Avoiding harsh cleansers, toners containing alcohol, fragranced products, ingredients that contain fruit acids and anti-bacterial components is just one of the ways to care for skin when it becomes irritated.

But be wary of products labelled “sensitive”. With no global standards to regulate the term, the word “sensitive” can have a variety of meanings. Some manufacturers may use the term to represent a fragrance-free formula; other companies may denote the lack of dyes, alcohol or emulsifiers that can cause a skin reaction. However, there can be others that employ the term to denote the inclusion of skin-calming ingredients, such as aloe vera, chamomile or green tea or minimal use of abrasive and harsh ingredients.

The best way to treat sensitive skin is to avoid skincare that contains harsh chemicals while helping to minimise the skin’s redness. Organic and natural care skincare could minimise some of the irritations that skin experience, but doing a patch test is the best way to see how these skincare would react to your skin.

Three to try:

Cleanser: Lily Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser is unscented and contains Lily’s homemade almond oil soap and lily flower tincture that helps retain moisture.

Moisturiser: Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream helps reduce redness with extracts of biodynamically grown rose flowers.

Sun protection: John Masters Organics SPF30 is a natural mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UV protection using titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Its organic aloe and shea butter formula also helps hydrate skin.


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