Updated: 6 days ago
Have you noticed that you're reacting more to your skincare products? Or have you always had difficulty finding the right skincare options that actually feel comfortable on your skin?
Sensitive skin is a common concern. But there's a lot more to it than choosing a product marked "For Sensitive Skin"!
"Sensitive Skin" isn't a Medical Term
It's a blanket term which typically implies a tendency to be more irritated than average by things such as environmental conditions (sun, wind, cold) or topical products.
The outer fatty layer of your skin affects sensitivity
This lipid layer keeps water in, and keeps potentially damaging things, (UV rays, harsh chemicals, etc) out. A weaker & thinner layer makes it easier for irritants to penetrate the skin and cause irritation.
Skin can become more sensitive with age
As we age, that lipid barrier replaces itself less frequently, which can lead to increased skin irritation. That’s why products you used to use without problem can suddenly cause irritation.
Frequent cleansing can worsen this
Soap and hot water can diminish the outer protective fatty layer of your skin. Instead, use cool or lukewarm water on your face, and don’t wash more than twice a day.