Sensitive skin is a type of skin that overreacts to external stimuli. At the slightest external aggression, it dries out or becomes irritated or itchy. The level of sensitivity varies from person to person: some are only slightly affected, while others experience permanent discomfort.
Very reactive skin can make everyday life difficult: in addition to physical discomfort, there may be aesthetic concerns, such as red patches, pimples or blemishes on irritated areas.
Sensitive skin needs appropriate care that strengthens the skin barrier and soothes irritation.
Experiencing occasional redness does not necessarily mean that you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is easily recognisable because it reacts to certain external elements, which can be different for each individual. Some people feel tightness after taking a hot shower, others will experience redness when eating spicy food... Whatever the trigger, the main symptom is the way the skin reacts. People with sensitive skin describe feelings of tightness, dryness, tingling and itching.
The main cause of skin sensitivity is genetics: many diseases such as rosacea or eczema are passed on within families. However, just because your parents have sensitive skin doesn't mean you'll develop the same reactivity: environmental and personal factors such as stress and diet also play an important role in your skin's health. By pairing a healthy lifestyle with regular skin care, it is quite possible to maintain so-called "normal" skin, i.e. skin without any particular sensitivity.
To avoid irritation, it is best to get away from pollution in large cities and avoid contact with irritating elements. But it is not always that simple: many people live in polluted environments, and it is difficult to completely eliminate the chemicals in the household products around us. Fortunately, there are other ways to take care of your skin: by adopting good daily habits, you can avoid attacks and regain the comfort of supple, hydrated skin.
Tap water is the number-one enemy of sensitive skin: often rich in limescale and minerals, it disturbs the skin's balance and causes irritation. To wash your face, use micellar water, which is much more balanced and effectively cleanses impurities. Also avoid hot water in the shower, as it tends to have a drying effect.
When you go out, protect your skin accordingly: a scarf covering your face when it is cold or windy, an anti-pollution treatment if you are in the city, sun cream if it is sunny outside... These few precautions will help you avoid many flare-ups.
If you notice a direct link between the state of your skin and something in your daily life, change your habits to get rid of the issue. For example, some people develop reactive skin when they eat certain foods, when they are exposed to pollen or other allergens, or when they are exposed to the sun for too long.
When redness or pimples appear, the first instinct is often to camouflage them with make-up. However, cosmetics and sensitive skin don't always mix: most products contain irritating ingredients that will aggravate the skin's sensitivity and make it reactive.
Opt for high-tolerance, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic cosmetics. Check that your foundation has sun protection and is suitable for your skin type. When buying a new product, always test it on a less visible part of your skin before applying it: if you have a reaction, this allows you to limit the affected area.
A good skin care routine is essential for sensitive skin. But you still need to know which treatments to choose!
As a general rule, always look for the word "high-tolerance" on your skincare products: this guarantees that they have been tested and approved for use on sensitive skin and that they do not cause any particular reaction.
You should also choose active ingredients that moisturise, protect and soothe the skin for a long time.
Peony has been known for hundreds of years for its soothing properties. It was already used in Chinese medicine to soothe itching and irritation. This delicate flower is also mentioned in Greek mythology as being able to heal war wounds.
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