Fact: 70% of women experience sensitive skin at one point in their lifetime…. burning, itching, dry, red and irritated skin.
What Causes Skin to be Sensitive?
- The outer layer of your skin (stratum corneum) is made of regular skin cells and lipids (fats). You probably already knew that this outer layer of your skin is protective. Keeps out bacteria and toxins.
- A lesser known function is that this outer layer also works to lock moisture in.
- People who have sensitive skin end up with a disrupted stratum corneum when exposed to environmental triggers.
Sensitive Skin Triggers
- Underlying conditions (rosacea, eczema, psoriasis)
- Environmental Stressors
- Change in Climate or Pollution – loss of humidity
- Sun Exposure
- 81% of people with rosacea reported the sun caused flare-ups
These disruptions in the outer layer allow irritants to get into your skin, and moisture to escape. Once this barrier is compromised, you get a vicious cycle of moisture loss leading to further skin irritation, leading to more moisture loss…..you get the picture. You end up with redness, irritation, dryness, sensitivity, and inflammation.
70% of people living with rosacea said that the condition lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Do I have to live with sensitive skin?
Natural ingredients will calm the skin (chamomile, licorice), but you will want to use products that will REBUILD that lipid barrier. THAT is what will effectively treat sensitive skin once and for all.
Rodan and Fields has a skincare regimen called SOOTHE that does not just “soothe” or “calm” skin, but helps rebuild that lipid barrier. It is clinically proven to reduce the visible signs of redness and irritation.
Step 1 – Gentle Cream Wash: This cleanses without drying out your skin
Step 2 – Sensitive Skin Treatment: This contains peptides that protect against those environmental triggers, reduce bacteria, and shields against collagen damaging enzymes. We love collagen, right? That’s what keeps you looking young! Skin protectants (dimethicone and allantoin) support skin’s surface while antioxidants and natural lipids relieve that dryness and reduce sensitivity. This also contains optical diffusers that immediately diminish redness.
Step 3 – Moisture Replenishing Cream: Moisturizers, humectants, skin conditioners, and protectants that moisturize without irritating skin. It replenishes your natural moisturizing factors, and has chamomile to calm skin.
Step 4 – SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen: Broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This deflects the sun to keep your face cooler and decrease the appearance of redness. Even has a little licorice to calm skin.
- Avoid washing your face with hot water, avoid saunas and steam rooms (flushing)
- Don’t use anything abrasive to scrub your face!
- Apply moisturizer immediately after drying your face (pat dry)
- Ingredients that help soothe dry skin: hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
- Avoid products that contain fragrances, alcohols, and dyes (these can further dry out skin)
- Avoid products that contain emulsifiers (these can irritate skin)
- Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate. These are harsh detergents commonly used in facial cleansers and soaps that break down the natural lipids in skin.
- Hold off on anti-aging products that contain retinol or alpha-hydroxy-acids, as these can irritate your skin. Addressing sensitive skin really trumps addressing aging. Consider it a primary skin concern, and THEN once you have built up that lipid barrier, you can move on to tackling the signs of aging.
- Choose a mineral sunscreen over a chemical UV filter (avoid avobenzone)
Want to give Soothe a try? You always have 60 days to try it risk free, and decide if it is working for you or not. Don’t just cover up the redness! Get rid of it and love your skin. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. $144 for all four products.
Sources: Rodan & Fields Training Materials, Prevention.com, American Academy of Dermatology