Sensitive skin needs special care
People who have allergies and sensitive skin, have strong reactions to conventional mass market skin care products.
Many individuals naturally convert to using natural and organic skin care products. Skin comfort and allergic reaction is a genuine issue for those dealing with it on a daily basis. An accurate understanding of irritants and the specific needs for sensitive skin types are essential, our customers want to ensure that a natural skin care formulation is sensitive skin friendly too. Everyone’s skin is different, so it is important to isolate your triggers. Herbs are potent, and even natural products can indeed be a culprit for reaction, which is why it is essential to choose the right ingredients for your skin.
If you know you are allergic to a specific ingredient, it helps reading the ingredients list before buying. If you don’t know what you are allergic to, do a patch test before using the product regularly. If you are suffering from breakouts, redness, and your skin is not smooth and supple you may be reacting to the products you are applying.
A list of common sensitive skin symptoms
Stinging when products are applied.
Redness and flushing, rashes, bumps.
Inflammation and swelling.
Excessive dryness, tightness, soreness, and uncomfortable sensation.
Know your irritants.
Detergents – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Preservatives – Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
Fragrance – ‘Parfum’ the term can signify artificial scent which is a known irritant.
Essential oils – care must always be taken as in high dosages they can be irritating. Some, such as lemongrass, is irritating even at concentrations as low as 0.1%. Always choose high quality certified organic essential oils in your skincare. What we have experienced is that some people have trouble with some essential oils. We love essential oils as they are skin healers and detoxifiers. But many of our customers cannot use a product with a natural perfume scent.
Other causes and triggers.
Your skin is your body’s first defense against the exterior world, and it takes a lot of abuse. It’s no surprise that sometimes it reacts with a bit of irritation. Most people will experience sensitive skin at particular times throughout their lives at various points. Even if you didn’t get at one point, it could develop. Skin aggravation and sensitivity can be topical, or it can have its roots internally as well.
Lifestyle choices (stress, poor diet) and your environment contribute too. Sensitivities can develop as you age, or you may have inherited a predisposition to having sensitive skin. It’s not just skincare that touches your skin. The detergents used to wash your clothing are quite strong and may break down your skin’s defensive barriers and cause irritation. Hormones fluctuations when you are pregnant, with your menstrual cycle and when you go through menopause can also be a trigger. Specific allergies to foods can also make you predisposed to rashes, hives, flakiness, and other sensitive skin symptoms.
So what can you do if you react?
Stop using what you are putting on your skin STAT!
Go back to a simple skincare routine – Give yourself loads of time for your skin to settle down.
Reduce to only using essential plant oils such as organic Jojoba to cleanse, and use Shea butter, Avocado, Hemp Seed, Tamanu, Cocoa butter or natural sources of Vitamin E oil to moisturize.
Mix your oils with organic Aloe Vera gel to calm and soothe irritations.
Eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of water, organic and clean food, and lots of healthy fats with plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Get more sleep, make deep yogic breathing a part of your day, stretch, consume less caffeine and alcohol, take a walk, laugh with a friend, and make time to be kind to yourself.
When your skin has healed, slowly add simple, mild organic natural skin products back into your routine. Avoid acids like AHA’s and Glycolic Acid. Avoid Retinols and avoid products with a natural scent. Use a toner that does not contain Alcohol, or use a healing hydrating mist. Look for sensitive skin-loving herbs like Marshmallow root, Chamomile, Calendula, and Plantain, in the products you choose. Add products to your routine slowly and one at a time so your skin isn’t overwhelmed. AND don’t go back to whatever you were using on your skin before.
At Natural Beauty Collection, most of our products are formulated to suit sensitive skin.
Blissoma, a non-toxic natural skin care range, have well-crafted recipes with some herbs that are uniquely suited to soothing sensitive skin and offer healing properties that reduce the chances of having an allergic reaction. Gluten Free and Nut Free.
Our Chikii mineral powders are designed for sensitive skin too.
If you have sensitive skin and would like advice on which organic skin care products are suitable for you, write to us and we are happy to guide you.
You may like to read our article on Healthy Skin Microbiome. Maintaining a predominance of good bacteria on your skin is essential. When harmful bacteria predominate, we become prone to skin infections and problems. By using gentle, natural ingredients and those suited to your skin type, you can help keep your skin’s flora healthy.