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i have sensitive skin - how?

so, you have sensitive skin. we feel you.

it’s not easy finding products that are gentle on the skin, that works, and we have to be really sure they do not make our already-sensitive skin more sensitive.


let’s explore this thing about sensitive skin. for those of us with sensitive skin, we may experience itching, burning, dryness, redness, peeling and bumps. this is caused by our disrupted skin barrier, allowing substances to penetrate our skin, giving rise to skin irritation.


in some cases, this is caused by our genes (e.g. acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea), whereas in other cases, it is due to environmental factors (e.g. dry weather, insect bites). it could be a combination of both as well.


how, then, do we manage this tricky skin type of ours?


there are two ways:


1) rebuild your skin barrier

 

damaged disrupted skin barrier allergens sensitive skin

 

here, our aim is to strengthen the stratum corneum of the epidermis (the outer layer of our skin) so that foreign substances like allergens and bacteria are kept at bay.


ceramides, a building block of the skin, play an instrumental role here as they strengthen the skin, make it firmer and smoother. brilliant, isn’t it? and that’s why we had to include it in our anti-itch moisturising lotion.



2) hydrate and soothe your inflamed skin

hydrated skin water lock in moisture 

keeping our skin hydrated is a fundamental. we use glycerin, a humectant, to pull water from the air into our skin. we also use emollients and occlusives like unrefined shea butter and our nutrient-rich cold-pressed oils to limit water evaporation from our skin, locking in moisture.

wherever possible, try taking shorter showers and applying a good moisturiser as soon as you can right after. drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin as well.

 

sensitive eczema scratch itchy skin cycle

(credit: eczema exposed)

in addition to using only products that are non-irritating (or hypoallergenic), for those of us with itchy skin, it is extremely important for us to break the itch scratch cycle. scratching aggravates your skin condition and it will be harder to stop. instead, choose a product that provides itch relief such as the anti-itch moisturising lotion.

honest & gentle's anti-itch moisturising lotion for sensitive, irritated skin

we have selected cold-pressed rice bran, safflower, rosehip and jojoba oils in both our original and anti-itch body lotions also because they are rich in antioxidants, which will help to lighten your scratch scars.


we know that some of you (like we once were) are resistant to applying moisturisers because they make you greasy and uncomfortable. however, we also recognise the importance of keeping our skin moisturised.


which is why we’ve specially invented moisturisers that are light and fast-absorbing, so you don’t have to deal with this pain, on top of your pain of living with sensitive skin.


finally, try to use only gentle products, avoiding harsh chemicals and exfoliators which may cause abrasion.


now that you know more about your sensitive skin, you know what to do.



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