As part of my ambassadorship with Simple Skincare I have been learning, learning, learning- all the facts about sensitive skin! Below, I share 5 facts that I recently discovered about sensitive skin- and some may be a bit surprising!
1.There are many different types of sensitive skin, but they all have one characteristic in common: inflammation.
According to dermatologists, there are four distinct types of sensitive skin: acne, rosacea, burning and stinging, and contact dermatitis (condition where skin becomes irritated after contact with a substance. This can either be caused by irritant or allergic reaction). The common theme among all these types of sensitive skin? Inflammation, which leads to redness and irritation. So when taking care of sensitive skin, look for products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Vitamin B5. Using a daily moisturizer with B5, like Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturizer helps keep inflammation at bay.
We often think about products that trigger sensitive skin irritation to be things that we actually put on our face. But what we put in our body can also cause irritation. External heat is a factor that contributes to skin inflammation, so hot spicy foods and drinks can actually cause your skin to freak out. Guess it’s time to lay off the Tobasco!
3. People who get rashes or irritated from skincare products are most commonly allergic to fragrance, preservatives, formaldehyde, and dyes.
If you experience frequent irritation from skincare, you might actually be allergic to fragrance, preservatives, artificial colors or formaldehyde. When you are allergic to a product, your body starts making antibodies to fight the substance, which leads to reactions and inflammation. You might not even know that you’re allergic to these substances without undergoing patch testing, but it’s probably a safe bet to lay off any products with irritating ingredients if you find that a lot of products don’t “work” for you. All of Simple products – including my personal summer favorite, their Moisturizing Facial Wash — are free of fragrances and dyes.
Many people might think that if a product is natural or organic, then it must be safe for their sensitive skin. Not so! Many oils and natural fragrances and florals can actually trigger allergies (I mean… this DOES make sense) so use caution even when something is marked organic. The best bet? Find a product that doesn’t pack in any unnecessary ingredients and stick to a fragrance-free policy.
5.You don’t need to have diagnosed sensitive skin to use sensitive skincare products.
Whether you are genetically predisposed to sensitive skin or just feel mild irritation or dryness, you should be conscious of what you put on your skin. Sensitive skincare products, such as Simple, actually work and are effective for everyone. There’s really no need to put anything harsh or unnecessary on your skin regardless of whether you react to it or not. The best solution, I’ve learned, is always to keep things simple.
This post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the Simple® Skincare Program. Visit www.facebook.com/SimpleSkincare to share your story on sensitive skin.