Updated: Apr 7, 2020
Sensitive skin is one of the most complicated as there are several different types of sensitivities you may have. I'll do my best to break this down as we dive into Sensitive, Sensitized, and Allergic Skin.
As a quick recap, sensitive skin is genetic, very delicate and reacts not only to external irritants but also stress, illness and hormonal changes. You most likely blush easily and notice blotchiness, redness, heat or tingling when reacting to an irritant.
In order to understand what provokes sensitive skin, we need to to go back to our oil glands. This helps set the stage in understanding how to treat your delicate skin.
Okay, we're going to get a bit technical here - When your skin is not producing enough oil, reactions may include dryness, scaling and peeling; referred to as dry-sensitive skin. This skin type is lacking a healthy barrier of protection between the outside elements and your fragile skin. In addition, blushing causes heat and moisture loss creating even less protection. Sources of irritation are then able to penetrate further without being blocked by your natural shield of protection, your hydrolipid film. If your skin is not producing enough natural oils, add a topical non-comedogenic hydrating oil. Vie by Shanti's 100% natural Hydrating Oil, helps to mimic your own oils adding a protecprotective layer and shield.
On the flip side, if your skin is over producing oil, reactions may include unusual breakouts or excessive oiliness. In this case, your skin would be referred to as an over-active sensitive skin type. As you can see, a healthy hydrolipid film barrier is essential for protecting sensitive skin.
Yep! We're adding another layer. So what is Sensitized skin? Unlike sensitive skin, sensitized skin develops over time and is likely a result of exposure to irritant(s), which cause periods of sensitivity. Sensitized skin naturally has a balanced hydrolipid film (oil production) but becomes compromised when exposed to foamy cleansers and treatments that rob the skin of moisture and its natural oil content.
Although allergic and sensitive skin share similar traits, allergies result from the immune system reacting to an allergen. It is a systemic histamine reaction to an allergen rather than a skin reaction that you would see in sensitive skin. By making a few adjustments to our skincare regimen and lifestyle we can control how our skin is reacting.
So what are some internal causes of sensitive, sensitized and allergic skin?
- Hormonal changes
External causes include:
- Extreme weather conditions
- Excessive use of chemical peels or exfoliation
- Aggressive skincare regimen
So now what? Follow this giudeline to help repair and heal your sensitive skin: - Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugar
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water a day
- Add fresh lemon juice to your water for liver function
- Strengthen you immunity by maintaining a healthy diet of whole foods
- Work with a naturopath or nutritionist to rule out food sensitivities and allergies
- Probiotics reduce inflammation and promotes ideal digestion and elimination
- Vitamin B helps retain moisture levels and and strengthens the skins natural barrier
- Add Hyaluronic Acid to your skincare regimen such as Vie by Shanti's Youth Serum, Eye Repair or Q10 Cream. Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold water, up to 1,000 times in weight and helps to bind your cells together to prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL)
- Vie by Shanti is a wonderful option for even the most sensitive skin types. By removing all unnecessary chemical binders and fragrances, you are left with healing ingredients that feeds, fuels and repairs the skin.
- And of course live inspired and with joy, when we are in a harmonious state, our body and skin is able to function more optimally. :)
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