Sensitive skin requires a gentle approach.
Use calming anti-inflammatory products, which will soothe and cool the skin. Cleansing: Oatmeal based cleansers will help to restore and strengthen the skins natural barrier function at the same time as calming redness and soothing itching on the skin.
Remember to use tepid water, as heat will only lead to more reactivity.
Aromatic Serum: Including an oil-based serum into your regime, with tried and tested proven essential oils can be hugely beneficial for sensitivity by reducing itching and redness. These can be sealed into the skin by spritzing with a cooling anti-inflammatory toner and a barrier restoring rich moisture cream packed with essential calming nourishment.
Characteristics and causes – Dehydrated skin
As dehydrated skin is lacking enough moisture the outer layers can look parched with surface, fine lines. Fine lines may be visible even in young skin if there is not enough moisture in the outer layers. Think of the difference between a grape and a raisin. A grape has a smooth plump skin while a raisin has a wrinkled, drier skin. The difference between the two is water content. Skin naturally sheds but in order for it to do so it needs enough water. Dehydration can lead to thickened uneven textured skin where skin cannot shed effectively.
Skin naturally sheds but for it to do so it needs enough water. Dehydration can lead to thickened uneven textured skin where skin cannot shed effectively.
Skin is dehydrated when water or moisture is lacking in the upper layers of the skin. Any skin type can experience dehydration and is more commonly found in dry skins as there is lack of natural oil to prevent the moisture loss. Adequate skin moisture is vital for a healthy skin.
Some typical symptoms of dehydrated skin are:
Tight and uncomfortable feeling
Surface fine lines
Rough feeling texture
May look dull
Dehydrated skin may be caused by internal or external influences.
Internal influences: Diets high in sodium (salt), smoking, alcohol consumption and medication all having a dehydrating effect on the body and the skin.
External influences: Warm, dry climates such as air conditioning, sunbeds, air travel, central heating or dry, arid weather climates can all suck precious moisture from the skin.
Harsh products: Soaps, alcohol based toners or excessive exfoliation can all strip moisture (and oil) from the skin leaving it feeling tight. This is a prime indication your skin is dehydrated.