Sensitive Skin Concerns FAQs
It's helpful to understand your skin type, as this means you can choose skincare tailored to your needs more easily. Book a virtual consultation with one of our skincare pros if you need help defining your skin type. Find out more about sensitive skin in the answers below.
What is sensitive skin?
Sensitive skinis a very common skin type defined by skin that is reactive. Triggers can be the elements - think cold weather, sun, heat or wind, skincare products, hormones, pollution or even lack of sleep. Sensitive skin tends to show with flare ups of redness, uncomfortable itchiness and/or blemishes, flakiness, and dry skin.
What are the causes of sensitive skin?
While there is not a definitive understanding of the causes of sensitive skin, it can be aggravated by a variety of external and internal factors. Weather, UV rays and pollution can all affect sensitive skin as can stress, sleep and diet. Sensitive skin types often have a compromised skin barrier which can cause skin to be more susceptible to these aggressors.
What are the signs of sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin varies widely from person to person but is often characterised by visible redness and dryness. Sensitive skin may not always show visible signs and may simply leave you with feelings of discomfort. These feelings and characteristics may be more prominent in certain areas of the face.
How do you care for sensitive skin?
To care for sensitive skin, look for formulas that are efficacious yet gentle. Choose mild formulas that will help nurture and moisturise skin and find targeted formulations that can help reduce visible blotchiness. It is also important to look for formulas that can help strengthen skin's barrier function so that it can be less susceptible to external aggressors.
What skincare routine should you use for sensitive skin?
For sensitive skin types, look for formulas that are gentle on skin and help strengthen skin's barrier. Use a daily cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sun protection and look for treatments that can help reduce visible redness and comfort and nurture skin. Care for your skin with our Step by Step Guide to Care for Sensitive Skin to help soothe and strengthen skin.