WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF SENSITIVE SKIN?
It’s important to see a qualified dermatologist if you suspect you have clinically sensitive skin. If you are experiencing discomfort from a range of skincare products it’s good to find out why. Whether you are trying too many products, have an underlying skin condition or you do indeed have sensitive skin – the professionals know best.
If you are diagnosed with sensitive skin chances are you know you have to be careful when choosing what to put on your face.
Read on to learn more about the needs of sensitive skin and how to choose the right cleanser to suit your skin type.
Your sensitive skin issues could be due to a number of reasons, including:
- A reaction to a specific skincare ingredient
- Excessively dry or damaged skin
- Over exposure to harsh environmental factors like the sun and wind
- Your genes
Regardless of the cause, sensitive skin needs special attention and care.
Fragrances and preservatives are the most irritating ingredients in for sensitive skin. Look for products with the least amount of fragrances and preservatives to avoid a potential reaction.
Because sensitive skin can often lack the natural moisturising properties of normal or combination skin, it’s important to always be wary of your skin’s hydration levels.
In winter, be mindful not to dry your skin out with hot showers, heated rooms and over exposure to dry winds. Always wear sunscreen, and remember to drink enough water and incorporate foods with high water content into your diet, to help prevent your skin from drying out.
WHICH CLEANSERS ARE BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
It is of paramount importance to cleanse your face with a product that is suited to sensitive skin.
Because it usually lacks moisturising elements and resistance against external factors, dry and sensitive skin needs extra help from good products. During cleansing it is essential to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance to prevent skin from excessive drying out.
NIVEA’s Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash gently cleanses and removes daily impurities while soothing and moisturising the skin.
This product is enriched with natural Almond Oil & NIVEA’s revolutionary Hydra IQ moisture technology to help soothe and moisturise your skin with its mild formula.
When you find yourself in a rush, cleansing can seem like it takes forever. Although specially formulated liquid cleansers will give your skin a deeper clean, sometimes you just don’t have time for such luxuries.
Just because you only have five precious minutes to get out the door, it doesn’t mean your sensitive skin has to suffer. NIVEA’s Daily Essentials Gentle Face Cleansing Wipes are specially developed to care for the needs of dry & sensitive skin. With a quick but soft wipe across your face you can literally cleanse your face, neck and eye area in under a minute. These wipes are also formulated with Natural Almond Oil and NIVEA’s Hydra IQ technology to mildly enhance your skin's natural moisturisation.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
The best sensitive skin-friendly products contain natural, soothing ingredients. Some of the best natural ingredients for sensitive skin to look out for include:
Honey is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. As an antioxidant, honey can intercept free radicals. It also helps to draw moisture from the air and lock it into your skin. In sensitive skincare, honey helps to soothe and moisturise dry and red skin.
Almond oil is commonly used to soothe and treat dry, rough and irritated skin. Almond oil also contains a range of naturally occurring lipids and two essential fatty acids, which help to draw water into the skin and keep it moist, healthy and supple.
Chamomile is known among other things for its mild antibacterial properties. The plant contains natural essential oils and flavonoids, which are perfect for sensitive skin. Chamomile also helps to keep your skin smooth and soft, while reducing redness and irritation.
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years in treating sensitive skin conditions due to its special soothing and protective properties. Aloe vera also enhances the natural cell renewal process to improve the skin’s texture and elasticity for firmer and more supple skin.
Other than its naturally calming aroma, argan oil mostly consists of unsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-9 and Omega-6, and is rich in vitamin E. All of these elements work to replenish the skin’s natural moisture levels. Argan oil is also well known as natural anti-oxidant that helps care for sensitive skin and keep it smooth.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.