STING Feel­ing the burn af­ter ap­ply­ing your skin prod­ucts? Here’s how to man­age sen­si­tiv­ity

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - SKIN -

There is a mis­con­cep­tion that sen­si­tive skin is a skin type, when in fact it’s a skin con­di­tion that any skin type can suf­fer from. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Claire Jamieson of Or­di­nary Skin­care, ‘Al­most 50% of peo­ple say they have sen­si­tive skin. Skin is sen­si­tive to heat, light, cold and chem­i­cals, with some peo­ple be­ing more sen­si­tive to th­ese trig­gers than oth­ers. Dry skin is more sen­si­tive be­cause the nerve end­ings be­come ex­posed due to der­mati­tis, al­ler­gic re­ac­tions or sim­ply cracked skin.’

There are two types of skin sen­si­tiv­ity, de­pend­ing on what causes it: your genes or the en­vi­ron­ment. Sarah Davies of Bio-Ther­a­peu­tic Cos­met­ics Sup­pli­ers in Cape Town says, ‘When you’re born with sen­si­tive skin, it is of­ten caused by a de­fect in the skin’s outer layer, which re­duces the skin’s pro­tec­tion. Sen­si­tive skin is more com­monly found in fair skin types, and is of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by al­ler­gies, eczema, pso­ri­a­sis and rosacea.’ All skin types can be­come sen­si­tised due to stress,a change of sea­son or skin­care prod­ucts.Sarah says most skins will show sen­si­tiv­ity through red­ness. ‘An­other tell-tale sign is if the skin feels hot,’ she says.

The rst step to treat­ing sen­si­tive skin is man­ag­ing dry skin,as boost­ing hy­dra­tion will make the skin less sus­cep­ti­ble to sen­si­tiv­ity. Use a fra­grance-free mois­turiser speci cally for­mu­lated for sen­si­tive skin look for in­gre­di­ents like glyc­erin, aloe vera and rose­hip oil, and avoid in­gre­di­ents like al­co­hol, soap, witch hazel, harsh scrubs and men­thol. WHAT IT DOES This non-in­va­sive treat­ment in­fuses pure oxy­gen and an­tiox­i­dants into the skin by spray­ing a se­lected serum on to the skin. It is in­tensely hy­drat­ing, thereby re­duc­ing dryness and sen­si­tiv­ity. COST R550 WHERE Bio-Ther­a­peu­tic Skin Cen­tre, Cape Town 021 461 1198 Bio-ther­a­peu­ / Veaudry Hair & Beauty Sa­lon, Jo­han­nes­burg 011 465 4370

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