Pumpkins, bonfire night, burnt orange leaves, fluffy blankets and hot chocolate… there are plenty of reasons to love the autumnal season, however, the transition from summer to autumn can play havoc upon the skin. The change in climate can sadly increase the skin’s sensitivity, so taking care of your complexion is extremely important.
In this article, we’ll be covering all of the questions we are frequently asked about sensitive skin, including how to control it and avoid additional sensitivity, plus which products are best suited to sensitive skin and why.
Q: What causes sensitive skin?
A: There are a combination of factors which increase the sensitivity of skin, including the climate (too much sun/wind exposure or a dramatic change in temperature), air conditioning, allergies, skin disorders (eczema/rosacea), and hormones. Your diet, genetics and age also contribute towards the sensitivity of skin.
As there are so many factors, it can be difficult to pin-point exactly why your skin is experiencing sensitivity, but we recommend that you examine your surroundings and any other allergies/skin conditions you may be aware of as an initial step.
Q: How to identify sensitive skin?
A: We always recommend visiting a dermatologist for an official diagnosis if you’re concerned about your skin’s health, but there are a few common side affects you can look for to determine whether your skin falls within the sensitive category.
Stereotypical features of sensitive skin include: skin bumps and abscesses, extreme dryness, a flushed complexion, blotchiness and extreme tightness. Noticing any one of these could mean that your skin is experiencing sensitivity and will require some specialist treatment.
Q: How do I control sensitive skin?
A: The best advice we can give is to avoid harsh chemicals and irritating ingredients, especially acid based cleansers and creams. Dig out your usual skincare products and if they include anything which sounds like it’s going to irritate your skin on the ingredients list, it’s best to avoid it.
For more information regarding the identification, causes and treatment of sensitive skin, click here.
Q: What makes a product suitable for sensitive skin?
A: There are two really important things to look for in a product if you struggle with sensitive skin. The best choice will be a fragrance-free and alcohol-free formulation, designed and labelled specifically for your skin type.
The Pure range is a fragrance-free collection of skincare treats for sensitive skin, which combines innovative Probiotic technology and skin-soothing naturals that calm, strengthen and rebalance skin. Products include a unique Micellar Cleansing Gel, Day Cream and Night Cream.
Q: How do I know if a product will suit my skin type?
A: Always patch test the product you intend to use and discontinue use if irritation occurs.
If you’re testing for an allergic reaction, we recommend applying the product just behind the ear. To test for irritation, identify the most sensitive area of your face and apply a small amount of product.
Q: Can certain makeup products cause added sensitivity?
A: Sadly, most makeup products feature chemicals which can increase irritation, particularly in sensitive skin types.
This includes your base products e.g. foundation, where the formulation has been designed to sit on-top of the skin and mask the appearance. While this is great to hide blemishes and pigmentation, it can cause the skin to become congested and block pores.
Masking the skin also reduces the amount of oxygen penetrating beneath the surface for prolonged periods of time, which can cause added dryness.
Our advice? Rather than opting for a foundation every day, why not alternate between a BB cream or tinted moisturiser and your usual foundation to allow the skin to breathe.
Other products we recommend for sensitive skin are silicone-based foundation and pencil products (avoid liquid liner if you have a known latex allergy, as they often include this ingredient). We also recommend that you regularly check the period after opening illustration (e.g. 36M) on your go-to products and throw away anything that has expired to avoid the increased chance of a reaction.