Lifestyle for Sensitive Skin
There are many reasons your skin may be reactive: cleaning products, eating certain foods, overexposure to sunlight, or even the cosmetics and skin care products you use. Your skin may be sensitive as a result of an allergy or irritation.
Anyone can have a reaction to a product or specific ingredient, but people with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin.
What Causes Sensitive Skin?
The skin barrier typically does a good job of not letting molecules and irritants pass through, but sensitive skin tends to be more permeable than normal skin. This is a problem because natural moisture escapes faster than it should (transepidermal water loss, or TEWL), and harsh ingredients in your products and cosmetics can penetrate into your skin more readily.
Treating your already-upset skin too aggressively could be one reason for sensitivity. The average woman uses 12 different products with 168 unique ingredients every day, plus everything else your skin is forced to deal with: pollution, hormonal changes, emotional stress. No wonder your skin develops strange problems!
What Does Sensitive Skin Look Like?
Your skin may be sensitive if it is:
- Reactive. Common triggers include soaps, fragrances, skincare products, detergents, perfumes, or household products, or natural forces like cold, wind, and sun.
- Itchy & Tight. Feels like it doesn't fit, especially after cleansing with products that are too harsh or using hot water or when air is cold and dry.
- Breakout-prone. It looks like acne, but acne products only make things worse.
- Unhappy in the sun. Showing signs of redness or irritation.
- Red. In the form of rash, bumps, blushing, flushing, or red dilated vessels.
- Stinging & Burning after using skin care products (that don't usually cause these sensations).
- Flaking & Peeling.
How To Care For Sensitive Skin
You can't completely avoid upsetting your skin, but you can follow these steps to make sure you keep skin as happy as possible.
- Watch what you eat. Spicy foods can exacerbate redness, and sugary foods have been linked to inflammation. On the other hand, eating foods rich in probiotics - such as yogurt with live cultures - can prevent sensitivity, redness, and itching by blocking the release of inflammatory chemicals. Healthy eating habits flush out toxins. Drink lots of water and fresh juices to stay hydrated.
- Treat your skin gently. Read your ingredients. Steer clear of anything containing alcohol, and avoid harsh exfoliants, which can worsen the problem. Choose items that contain anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritation ingredients. Avoid hot water, and showers that are too long.
- Support your skin. Topical probiotic products help to strengthen the skin's natural defense mechanisms, making it more resistant to damage from environmental stressors by forming a protective shield on the skin's surface. The good bacteria helps to strengthen the skin's immune system, speeding up repair.
- Cleanse gently. Opt for a soap-free cleanser, keeping your routine simple.
- Hydrate. Layer on a cream or serum that has ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and a peptide complex to prevent it from drying out.
- Listen to your skin. Take note when it reacts so you know what to avoid in the future. You'd be pretty safe to plan on avoiding fragrance and perfumes.
- Get some relief. Some topical products can give instant relief. Topical antihistamines help to relieve itching and reduce inflammation for allergies. Hydrocortisone can do the same for contact dermatitis. A cool oatmeal bath can soothe burning skin.
- Watch your habits. Smoking, stress, lack of sleep, and alcohol consumption can cause sensitive skin to flare up.
Products for Sensitive Skin
From genetic conditions such as Rosacea and Eczema, to severe allergies and sunburns, chances are at some point, we all have had a skin reaction. What differentiates a true sensitive skin type verses having sensitivity type reactions to an ingredient or product, is the length, persistence and the accompanied sensations of the skin reaction.
It is possible to be exposed to situations and ingredients which trigger temporary skin reactions. However, consistent symptoms of flaking, redness, rashes, swelling or scaling accompanied by persistent sensations of itching, burning and/or tightness, may suggest a true sensitive skin type overall.
GLOWBIOTICS Probiotic Skincare’s technology delivers active ingredients into the skin, clinically proven to be non-inflammatory, calming and pH balanced for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
- Cleanse AM & PM: Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
- Treat AM: Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Treat AM & PM: Calming Restorative Treatment
- Treat PM ONLY: Retinol Anti-Aging & Brightening Treatment OR Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment
- Hydrate AM/PM: Gentle Probiotic Calming Lotion
- Prevent AM: Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
- Eye Area AM/PM: Soothing + Revitalizing Eye Cream
BOOST YOUR SKINCARE Regimen:
FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. apply Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance…. apply the Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step OR mix directly into the morning hydrate step OR mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB OR mixed with your liquid foundation!
FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing…. apply the Advanced Anti-Aging Replenishing Oil to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step OR mix directly into the hydrate step!
Tips for Sensitive Skin
Avoid using products with ingredients which may be known to cause sensitive reactions, such as fragrance, harsh chemicals and dyes. Whenever possible avoid using products which are not pH balanced for skin. Just because a skincare product says "natural" or "organic" may not always indicate that product will not trigger a sensitive reaction.
Do not over exfoliate the skin on your face or your body. In some cases, hot showers can also trigger sensitive reactions. Be consistent with the water temperature and exfoliation of your skin during the week maybe use "the less is more" theory.
Consult with a professional skin care expert, such as a licensed esthetician. Estheticians have access to professional strength ingredients & professional protocols like chemical peels, which can offer you a custom plan of action needed to support sensitive skin needs.
Diet for Sensitive Skin
There are many reasons your skin may be reactive: cleansing products, eating certain foods, overexposure to sunlight, or even the cosmetics and skincare products you use. Your skin may be sensitive as a result of an allergy or irritation.
While you can't always completely avoid upsetting your skin, there are steps you can take to help to keep your skin as happy as possible. The foods you eat have a big impact on what happens on the surface, so with sensitive skin, you should definitely watch what you put in your mouth.
Spicy foods can exacerbate redness, and sugary foods have been linked to inflammation. Proteins in milk can incite allergic reactions, and egg whites can cause inflammatory histamine to be released. Soy and gluten can also wreak havoc on your sensitive skin.
On the other hand, eating foods rich in probiotics - such as yogurt with live cultures - can prevent sensitivity, redness, and itching by blocking the release of inflammatory chemicals. Healthy eating habits work to flush out toxins. Other foods that contain anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants that can really help sensitive skin include:
- Red Onion
- Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Leafy Greens
While you're at it, drink lots of water and fresh juices to stay hydrated.