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Everything you need to know about sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is incredibly common, and easily triggered by the environment, allergies and the clothes you wear. To treat your sensitive skin, it’s important to use calming skin care products and steer clear of aggressors that might set it off. From the skin care products to use to what to avoid, here are our sensitive skin care tips.

 

What causes skin sensitivity?

Sensitivity can be caused by many different things including genetics, ageing, allergies, hormonal imbalances or medications that increase sensitivity. The environment and change in the elements (such as heat, humidity, wind and snow) can also cause sensitivity, along with poor diet, drinking too much alcohol, stress, dehydration and use of harsh cosmetics. Some fabrics, like wool, can also irritate skin, so choose clothes made with natural fibres, such as cotton and bamboo, and buy a laundry detergent that’s formulated for sensitive skin.

 

The symptoms of skin sensitivity

The tell-tale signs of sensitive skin include dryness, tightness, redness and blotchiness. Irritation – such as itchiness, visible rashes, tingling or burning – and flaky skin and broken veins on the nose and cheeks can also be signs that you have sensitive skin.

 

How to manage and treat sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is easily irritated and prone to drying. To soothe skin and prevent the symptoms from flaring up, use specially formulated natural products that restore the skin’s protective barrier and calm and rebalance skin. At Jurlique, the hero ingredient in our sensitive skin range is Calendula, a powerful botanical known for its calming and comforting properties.

Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist is our best facial mist for dry, sensitive skin. Use it before applying Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Treatment Serum and Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream in your skin care ritual, and be aware of any triggers that irritate your skin.

 

What to avoid if you have sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can flare up easily – and prevention is better than cure. Avoid products with common irritants like artificial colours, fragrances and sulphates. Steer clear of harsh exfoliants, which can aggravate the skin (choose something gentle like our Daily Exfoliating Cream instead) and don’t use makeup, skin care, medication or topical treatments that are past their expiry date.

 

Eat anti-inflammatory foods

Sensitivity is a form of inflammation, so add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet such as leafy greens, broccoli, turmeric, ginger, spinach, nuts and avocado to avoid flare ups. Avoid spicy foods and hot drinks, which can cause redness, and cut down on caffeine, alcohol and processed sugar. Try and calm the mind and body too, by practising yoga or meditation.

 

Cup of turmeric latte with fresh ginger

 

If you’re experiencing skin sensitivity, treat yourself to a skin care ritual that’s soothing and calming. Shop our specialised range here.