What Is Sensitive Skin
Symptoms, Causes & Products
Dermatologist, Dr. Kim, explains what sensitive skin is, plus tips and tricks to make your skin look and feel its best.
SO, WHAT IS SENSITIVE SKIN?
If you experience stinging or tight itchy dryness on your face or body, you might have sensitive skin. Is there a specific cause? “Although there is no known single cause of sensitive skin, it is thought to involve a combination of impaired skin barrier function, extra-sensitive nerve endings in the skin and intolerance to triggers such as cosmetic ingredients or environmental conditions.”
– Dr. Kim, Dermatologist for The Body Shop
IS MY SENSITVE SKIN CAUSED BY SOMETHING INTERNAL?
Unfortunately, nobody really knows what causes sensitive skin from the inside, but internal factors such as illness, stress and hormonal shifts may increase sensitivity if you are susceptible.
CAN I DEVELOP SENSITIVE SKIN OVER TIME?
Yes! Some people have sensitive skin from a very young age but it can start to develop at any time. Skin sensitivity can also worsen with extreme weather, temperature, humidity or sunlight, or with internal factors such as illness, stress or hormonal shifts.
IS SENSITIVITY DIFFERENT ON THE FACE TO THE BODY?
Although it’s important to use different, specially tailored products for the face and body, the basis for an effective regime for sensitive skin is very much the same. Start with a gentle cleanser. Follow with an effective moisturiser. Use specially tailored products that soothe, restore and protect your skin. Look out for colourant-free, cream-based formulas with a hypoallergenic fragrance, like Almond Milk & Honey.