Some people have genetically sensitive skin, while many can experience sensitized skin. Skin can become irritated, angry, inflamed, or red for many reasons or no reason at all! Keep reading to find out what causes skin sensitivities and the products for sensitive skin you need to soothe it.
To understand why skin becomes sensitized, you need to understand the difference between sensitized skin, allergic skin, and naturally sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin: Just like dry, oily, combination, and acneic, sensitive skin is a naturally occurring skin type. People with truly sensitive skin experience the symptoms regularly without external influence. Products for sensitive skin are the most important factor to soothing sensitivities in those with this skin type.
Sensitized skin: Most of the population experiences sensitized skin at some point. Sensitized skin can be triggered by environmental factors like seasonal changes and seasonal allergies.
"Sensitive skin can become more reactive when allergy season begins. Plus, medications for seasonal allergies tend to dry the skin out, which makes it even more sensitive." –Rhonda Robb, licensed esthetician, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
"During allergy season, people tend to dehydrate their skin with antihistamines, rub their eyes frequently, blow their noses, and itch at their skin, which all contribute to extra sensitivity." –Mary Luke, licensed esthetician and owner of Skin Perfect Spa
UV exposure, pollution, harsh ingredients, over exfoliation, medications, stress, and hormones can all play a role in this temporary skin sensitivity. Avoid or minimize these factors and use products for sensitive skin to reduce sensitivity and restore your natural skin type.
Allergic skin: Skin can become extremely sensitized and experience painful reactions, like hives, rashes, and welts, due to a strong allergic reaction to mold, pollen, danger and more. For strong allergic reactions, it is best to seek medical help.
"Sticking to a simple regimen with products from the same skincare line can make a world of difference; conflicting formulas from different lines can cause irritation." –Kelly Leonard, licensed esthetician and Bioelements educator
THE GENTLE OIL CLEANSER: Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil uses complexion-calming, reparative oils to melt away makeup, pollutants, and excess sebum without any irritating side effects.
"Sensitive skin is often inflamed, so reducing inflammation is the key. Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil can safeguard against visible irritation by gently removing sensitizing impurities for clinically calm and visibly strong skin." –Carol Byrne, esthetician
THE SENSITIVE SKIN FACIAL MIST: Soothing Reset Mist saturates sensitive skin with hydrating aloe, chamomile + silver ear mushroom mist that comforts, reduces visible redness, and calms reactive skin.
THE ULTRA-GENTLE MOISTURIZER: Barrier Fix Daily Hydrator is a clinical moisturizing treatment to target irritation and strengthen sensitive skin's barrier. This whipped blend of moisture-locking hyaluronic acid plus Chinese medicinal silver ear mushroom protects against inflammation and helps restore barrier damage.
THE SENSITIVE SKIN EYE CREME: Sensitive Eye Smoother is a hydrating aloe creme to shield against irritants as it restores the thin barrier around the eyes with protective ceramides. It improves the appearance of darkness, reduces the look of puffiness and targets inflammation around the eyes.
THE PROTECTIVE LIGHTWEIGHT SERUM: Stress Solution is a quick fix serum to soothe and protect against visible irritation caused by over-exfoliation, environmental irritants and chronic sensitivity.
"Stress Solution will cool the skin with spearmint, sooth and reduce redness with licorice root." –Rhonda Robb, licensed esthetician, Spa Sweet Studio at The Trove Salon
THE MULTI-ACTION SCRUB: Measured Micrograins + is a scrub and mask for all skin types, including unpredictable and easily sensitized skin. The natural jojoba beads gently exfoliate skin while the nutritive clay-based creme removes toxins.
THE ULTRA-HYDRATING CONCENTRATE: Plump Startsoaks the skin with vitamin C charged antioxidants to scavenge skin-aging and sensitizing free radicals while pushing in needed hydration throughout the epidermis.
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