Did you know that almost half of the global population describe their skin as sensitive? That’s a staggering percentage of people with sensitive skin, but many may be mistaking their sensitised skin for ‘sensitive’ skin.
It’s easily done as the two are often confused because they manifest in very similar ways. However, they are two very different things.
Sensitive skin is generally defined as a genetic/hereditary skin type. Whereas sensitised skin is an acquired condition which is largely attributed to external factors or ‘triggers’. Both types of skin sensitivity manifest themselves as dry, inflamed, irritated – hence the confusion.
People who have sensitive skin often have a weakened skin barrier which makes them susceptible to dryness, inflammation and irritation and will often experience these symptoms all over their face and body. Sensitive skin can be calmed and managed with gentle body and skincare, but it can’t be ‘cured’ completely as it’s a genetic predisposition. Those who have sensitive skin will also be more prone to allergies or certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
If you feel that your skin is truly sensitive then a simple skincare and body care routine is best. Opt for rich, potent formulas with minimal irritants. Essential Oil free or fragrance free products are probably best and avoid acids and abrasives at all costs.
Sensitised skin, on the other hand, is a more localised condition. Usually, its manifestation is a reaction to an external factor such as a change of season, irritants in skincare, extreme environmental factors, diet, over exfoliation or even over cleansing.
Luckily it can be resolved by simple removing the ‘trigger’ and giving the skin ample time to heal its barrier.
Managing Skin Sensitivity
Both types of skin sensitivity are unpleasant. Dryness, inflammation and dehydration is not only uncomfortable but can also be quite painful and even affect our self esteem. In either case, we always recommend on adopting a simpler skincare routine and being mindful of products or ingredients that can aggravate the skin. Go for for un-fragranced, hydrating ingredients that not only serve the purpose of cleansing and moisturising but that can also help to heal the skin’s natural protective barrier.
Our award winning Honey & Oat Skin Soap is an essential oil free formula made with an organic vegetable glycerine. It is sulphate free, so offers super gentle cleansing without stripping the skin of its natural oils. A perfect option for those suffering from skin sensitivity.
Skin Saviour SOS Balm is a velvety balm packed with super hydrating and nourishing natural ingredients like organic honey, oat oil and ethically sourced beeswax. Use as a targeted treatment for vulnerable areas.
Honey not only has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help to calm irritation, but it is also a natural humectant and helps to draw hydration into dry, dehydrated skin. Oat oil is full of fatty lipids which help to lubricate and moisturise the skin. The dual action of these potent ingredients pair perfectly with the skin softening and regenerative properties of pure shea, mango and cocoa butters and rosehip and vitamin e oils.
Words of Caution
If you’re experiencing skin sensitivity and are concerned, we recommend that you consult a dermatologist for advice. It’s never a good idea to bombard your skin with products in a bid to ‘fix’ inflammation or dehydration and you may end up damaging your skin further.