Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

Sensitive and irritated skin are 2 different things however, both need calming and soothing. Chances are at some point we have all had sensitive skin as it can be caused by many different factors such as a change in seasons, getting a bit too burnt in the few days of hot weather we had, the environment, too much exfoliation, a reaction or some of you may just have inflamed/ sensitive skin all the time. Sensitivity can be temporary or permanent. Every skin type can experience sensitivity or irritation.

It is important to look at/ figure out the reason why your skin is being sensitive/ reactive/ irritated. Are you using a new product? Changes in diet? Environmental factors? Once you have figured it out it will be easier to treat and then you can try to prevent it from happening again the future.

Signs you have sensitive or irritated skin;

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Burning sensations
  • Skin can feel tight and itchy
  • Instant tingling when using certain products

Calming Ingredients to look for;

  • Vitamin E
  • Chamomille
  • Oatmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Honey
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba Oil

Products to avoid;

  • Retinols
  • Vitamin C
  • Exfoliators
  • Fragrance
  • Dyes
  • Sulfates

Here are some products that can be used as treatments as and when you feel like your skin needs it, products that can be used to protect and soothe your skin all time whilst shielding from future irritation or you may just want some calming products to give your skin a calming treat!

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Range, The ultra-calming range is designed to treat the multiple triggers behind inflammation for lasting relief from sensitivity flare ups. The range contains everything you need to cool, soothe, restore and protect your sensitive and delicate skin.

Here are some of the must haves-

The Cleanser, recommended for sensitised, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. This extremely gentle, PH-balanced gel/cream glides easily over face and eyes to cleanse without stripping skin’s protective barrier. An effective gentle cleanse.

Calm Water Gel, is a necessity for those who tend to experience dehydration and irritation along with skin sensitivity. This weightless water gel moisturiser transforms into a skin quenching fluid upon activation, forming a weightless barrier against environmental assault. It soothes, softens, calms and hydrates irritated skin.

Barrier Defense Booster, Barrier Defense Booster is ideal for people who are concerned about discomfort associated with sensitive skin. This concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturises to restore balance to sensitive skin. It reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier against environmental assault whilst nourishes and soothes irritated skin.

Here are some products which are ideal for those who have sensitivity every now and then and need to calm their skin when it flares up on occasions –

Ren Ever Calm Rescue Mask, ideal for those to need it as and when rather than constant use in their skin care routine. This rescue mask is designed specifically to combat over sensitivity, to calm, soothe and moisturise and instantly alleviating the key signs of sensitive skin. Ever calm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask will strengthen the protective moisture barrier, aid recovery and increase skins ability to cope with stress, leading to long term wellbeing of your skin. Great as an after sun skincare treat.

Decleor Aromessence Rose D Orient Soothing Oil Serum. An elixir of 100% pure and natural essential oils specially formulated for the daily care of sensitive, reactive skin. Thanks to its natural affinity with the skin. The serum penetrates skin upon application for soothing, healthy results and offers immediate softness and reduces irritation.

Murad Recovery Treatment Gel will calm and strengthen your skin by reducing redness, tightness, irritation and sensitivity, ensuring skin feels comfortable throughout the day. Contains powerful antioxidants accelerate the healing of dry, flaky skin while reducing inflammation and protecting skin from free radical damage.

Let’s not forget that our whole body sometimes is in need of some calm.

An instant calming fix – Elemis Calm Bath and Shower Elixir, This soothing bath and shower elixir is scientifically formulated with 15 pure essential oils, inclduing Rosewood and Clary Sage, in a skin conditioning base of Amaranth and Bacuri oil.

We can sometimes forget that our scalp and face skin are linked and it is most likely that if you face is experiencing sensitivity then chances are your scalp is too.

Kerastase Specifique Dermo Calm Bain Vital, An innovative shampoo created to keep the hair shiny and super soft. Designed to soothe those sensitive scalps, Specifique Dermo-Calm Bain Vital is a luxurious shampoo that will leave you feeling fantastically refreshed and rejuvenated.

Decleor Systeme Corps Nourishing Body Milk, instant relief for your body with this luxurious creamy moisturiser that helps nourish, soften and repair dry skin types.