Sensitive skin can be a tricky one to treat. More and more of our clients are complaining of sensitive skin. Complaints range anywhere from itchy, tight, stinging skin to small, rash-like bumps that seemingly appear out of nowhere. We now know that sensitized skin is a combination of factors: lifestyle, physiology and environment. It can happen to anyone regardless of skin color and genetic background.
To take the sting out of your skin treatments, let’s first learn about the root cause.
Knowing the Trigger
Think of your sensitized skin like an exposed electrical wire that “sparks” every time it’s aggravated. There are many triggers that can cause and even increase this uncomfortable response:
Climate – During winter months, many people describe themselves as more sensitive. The combination of low humidity, wind and indoor heat can be ruthless on our skin.
Products – Layering alcohols or acids from different skin care lines is a common problem in skin sensitivity. Some common sensitizers include: fragrances, hydroquinone (for lightening skin), chemical sunscreens and SD alcohol. Our suggestion? Delete the “if a little is good, more must be better” thought from your mind.
Lifestyle – Long periods of time spent outdoors exposes our skin to more UV damage than average. Alcohol dilates blood vessels, making a red face look even more red.
Stress. The external factor most strongly associated with sensitive skin is stress. Emotional and physical stress can induce skin itchiness, inhibit wound healing and aggravate inflammation.
The best way to treat sensitive skin is utilize ingredients that can control inflammation. Below are some ingredients effective against sensitive skin.
Avena sativa (Oats) – A natural anti-histaminic and anti-irritant, oats are known to help reduce redness and itch.
Raspberry extract – This anti-inflammatory healing agent strengthens capillary walls.
Sea Buckthorn – This ingredient is rich in rare omega-7 fatty acids, phytosterols and vitamin E. It helps to rejuvenate and restore health to sensitized skin.
Evening Primrose Oil – This skin nutrient is high in gamma linoleic acid and is especially helpful in maintaining a strong barrier.
Green Tea and White Tea – These teas contain polyphenols that are excellent anti-inflammatories and exceptional forms of antioxidants to help neutralize damaging free radicals.
Sodium Hyaluronate – This component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factors holds a thousand times its weight in water to maintain optimum hydration levels.
Home Care and Lifestyle Advice
Home care is equally as important as receiving professional treatments in repairing sensitive skin and providing optimal results. Every skin treatment at Massage Retreat & Spa includes a prescriptive home care plan. We ensure our clients aren’t sabotaging results accomplished from a professional treatment by using products that compromise a delicate barrier. We will provide a list of products we suggest you use to treat that sensitive skin.