Want to know the best ingredients for sensitive skin? What to look for to improve your skin barrier? How to get a million compliments on your skin? I have all the answers, babe.
But first, another question.
What is the difference between sensitive and sensitised skin?
Sensitive skin: a skin type that is easily irritated or reactive.
Sensitised skin: skin that is temporarily reactive as a result of something else. It means your skin’s lipid barrier AKA outermost layer has been weakened over time. Some big factors for sensitised skin are pollution, weather, stress, and excessive use of treatments or active ingredients.
The best ingredients for sensitive skin.
Ceramides: the glue between your skin cells, sealing the good stuff in and kicking the bad stuff out.
Squalane: a super hydrator that locks in moisture.
Oils: My Super Ceramide Face Oil feat. ceramides and squalane is the perfect lightweight oil for repairing sensitised skin.
Niacinamide: to improve skin texture.
Antioxidants: to fight damage caused by free radicals (the bad stuff).
Humectants: to hydrate.
Emollients: to lock in that hydration.
What to avoid for sensitive skin.
- Overuse of actives such as AHA and BHA (even though we love these for exfoliation and banishing breakouts)
- High percentages of other actives such as vitamin C and retinol, if you have a limited tolerance (even though we love them for their brightening and anti-ageing properties)
The secret to great skin is like hiding vegetables in your pasta sauce. Use active ingredients in conjunction with products that protect your skin barrier (hello, Super Ceramide Face Oil). This way you can improve your skin’s tolerance towards different actives and reap the benefits without negative consequences. The best of both worlds, babe.