The skin is the largest organ in the body providing protection and communication with the outside world.
Sensitive skin is a common condition that can affect men and women of all ages and skin types. The skin may appear inflamed, irritated, dry and red. It may itch or be painful. Underlying general health conditions or skin conditions such as eczema, acne and rosacea may be associated.
Factors that can contribute to skin sensitivity include lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, stress and lack of sleep), diet (lack of fresh food, nutrients and water), genetics and environment (sun, wind and cold exposure). Seasonal changes can affect the skin. Heat during summer can create inflammation and dehydration of the skin. Exposure to chemicals and fragrances in certain products can increase skin sensitivity.
These factors cause a breakdown in the barrier function of skin. The skin is not protected and becomes weaker making it susceptible to further damage of deeper skin layers.
A number of steps can be taken to avoid and manage sensitive skin. These include avoiding sun exposure by staying out of the sun, wearing a hat, using hypoallergenic 50+ sunscreen, maintaining hydration with adequate water, eating fresh nutritious food and getting adequate rest and relaxation.
Take time to look after this vital organ in the body. A professional skin consult and analysis will guide you to the best professional and homecare products and routines to help mange sensitive skin ensuring beautiful, vital, glowing healthy skin.
This post was written by Emily Baratti, dermal therapist at Le Sands Clinic