Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. This occurs because your skin’s natural barrier function is weakened and has broken down due to a trigger. Common causes of sensitive skin can include:
• Sun exposure • Exposure to air pollution • Frequent changes in temperature • Very hot water • Lack of sleep • Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy • Stress and late nights • Chlorine in swimming pools • Dry skin • Dehydration
Always wear sun cream
Everyone knows that skin redness caused by a sunburn is bad, but what some people don't realize is that simply tanning is extremely damaging to the skin. Damaged skin is easily irritated, which spells out trouble for those with chronically sensitive skin.
Avoid your triggers
Many sensitive skin causes, like using skin care products with harsh ingredients, drinking too much coffee or alcohol, smoking, not getting enough sleep and more can be avoided or minimised. Knowing your skin and what can trigger a sensitivity false up is key to help soothe both naturally sensitive and temporarily sensitised skin.
Strengthen your skin's barrier
Sensitive skin is weakened skin - that's why ordinary skin care products, poor daily habits and the environment can cause irritation and dryness. Look for products that help strengthen the skin's barrier, to calm reactivity and diminish signs of overactivity.
Protect against pollution
92% of the world's population is breathing polluted air and live in an area where outdoor air quality fails to meet their guidelines for safety. Skin exposed to daily toxic pollution becomes prematurely aged, weakened, dull, dehydrated and sensitised. Always use anti-pollution products, like ALPHA GLOW FLASH FACIAL, to protect skin.
Unprotected sun exposure is the number one culprit behind hyper pigmentation, and can add years onto anyone’s skin! If you've over indulged in the sun, there are still some tips you can take on board to minimise the effects.
Always wear suncream
Of course this is the first tip. Even in Winter UV rays can have an impact on your skin, it’s important to invest in a good facial moisturiser with SPF, or if you're a makeup wearer a lot of foundations contain an SPF.
Treat existing hyperpigmentation by first sloughing off dead, dulling skin cells at the surface. This clears the path for the ingredients in your serums and moisturisers to better penetrate the skin. Tip: Look for a gentle, micro-fine exfoliant you can use daily.
Use the right ingredients
Seek out products that contain Alpha Arbutin which works by producing an enzyme that inhibits melanin production. intensely brightening skin, as well as reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.