STING Feeling the burn after applying your skin products? Here’s how to manage sensitivity
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-therapeutic.co.za / Veaudry Hair & Beauty Salon, Johannesburg 011 465 4370 Veaudry.com