Sensitive Skin

Your skin reacts quickly to new cosmetic products, your diet or external influences such as the cold? Then you likely have rather sensitive skin, in need of special care.

What does sensitive skin mean?

Your skin reacts to environmental influences

Sensitive skin on your face can manifest itself in very different ways. Oily or dry skin is very easy to distinguish, sensitive skin is a little more difficult. For example, dryness as well as pimples or pustules can occur with this skin type. 

How to be sure if you suffer from sensitive skin? Sensitive skin is very reactive to a wide variety of influences. For example, if you change your face cream, redness or itching immediately appear with sensitive skin. The same happens also after sunbathing or the influence of cold weather. 

Difference between dry and sensitive skin

Scaly skin or small skin cracks are also common symptoms of sensitive skin. If these signs apply to you, you most likely belong to this skin type.

In fact, any skin type can be sensitive. Thus, sensitive skin is not exclusive to dry skin. The more sensitive the skin, the more uncomfortable it becomes for those affected to use care products. Conventional cosmetics in particular contain many substances that irritate the skin instead of caring for and strengthening it. Therefore, natural cosmetics are a good partner for sensitive skin. The natural active ingredients can soothe the skin and provide it with the care substances it needs.

Why does sensitive and normal skin exist?

Normal skin is the most ideal condition. It means that your skin is absolutely healthy and it does not show any sensitivities and dry or oily patches. In fact, unfortunately, normal skin is relatively rare today. But why is that? 

In contrast to normal skin, the natural protective barrier of your skin is disturbed in sensitive skin. This protective barrier is found in the outermost layer of our skin. When this is intact, your skin is protected from the various external environmental influences.

The protective layer

The cells on the top layer are embedded in lipids (fats) that provide moisture retention for your skin. This also prevents the entry of viruses and bacteria. In contrast, the skin cells are covered by a hydrolipidic film, which also contains the acid mantle. The hydrolipid film consists of water and fats and also acts as a protection against environmental influences. The acid mantle provides the slightly acidic pH in which skin-friendly microorganisms feel comfortable (skin flora) and harmful microorganisms are driven away. 

In sensitive skin, the interplay between the different skin layers is disturbed. The top layer of skin is permeable and thus easily loses moisture. Bacteria and viruses can then easily penetrate.

Skincare

What care does sensitive skin require?

Sensitive skin needs gentle care that soothes rather than irritates the skin. This should help it restore the natural protective function of your skin. Face cream for sensitive skin should gradually ensure that the various negative reactions are reduced and over time disappear completely. Sensitive skin is out of balance and needs to be brought back into balance. The basic rule for sensitive skin is: less is more. You can also simply try going without care completely or partially. Our skin regenerates itself very well. With little care, it has the chance to restore its natural protective barrier. For example, you can try to apply a face cream for sensitive skin only in the evening for a while and refrain from using it in the morning. The same applies to cleansing: In the morning, lukewarm water is often sufficient for cleansing. When you start using a cleanser and face cream for sensitive skin, you need to give your skin some time. After all, our skin is constantly renewing itself in a cycle of 30 days. Only then you can really expect results. As soon as your skin reacts to a cream with redness or itching, you have to stop using it immediately. Face creams with perfume or other fragrances should be avoided at all costs if you have sensitive skin. Aggressive peelings should also not be used, as they further irritate your skin. Silicones are just as harmful. They cover your skin only superficially and make it appear beautiful. But silicones clog your pores and do not allow valuable care substances to pass through.

How can I strengthen my skin from the inside?

Your skin will only be healthy and beautiful if you care for it from the outside as well as strengthen it from the inside. Because the cause of sensitive skin is not only to be found in harmful environmental influences or in the wrong skin care. At least half of it is also due to care from the inside. In first place is a well-balanced diet. If you take a lot of vitamins, drink little alcohol and avoid smoking, a high sugar content and salt, you will get long-lasting beautiful glowing skin. Foods with a lot of beta-carotene, zinc, vitamin H and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids have particularly positive effects. For example, you can also use hemp oil, which you can add a few drops to your food. These substances strengthen your skin from the inside, make it elastic and rebuild the natural protective barrier. Also make sure to drink enough water. It won't automatically make your skin more hydrated, but too little water will dry out your skin.

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