- “My skin is sensitive”
- “My skin reacts when I use any products”
- “My skin reacts when I use products that are too fancy”
Think of your skin as sensitised not sensitive. The main reason your skin will feel ‘sensitive’ is because something has irritated or unbalanced your skin. That something could be you. If you’ve had this condition for a short time, something may have changed (environment, product, diet, too much of this, not enough of that). If you’ve had the condition for a long time – same answer; environment, product, diet etc.. You’ve exposed your skin to something it doesn’t like, or you’re lacking in something your skin needs. You are born with delicate skin, not sensitive skin.
By ultra sensitive I mean red or pink in colour, if not all the time, then especially when products are applied. The texture is rough, dry or flaky and it can feel tight, hot, stingy or itchy (or any combination of the above).
We are assuming you have checked for any allergies, and looked at the obvious causes already. Yes every situation is different, but these are the basics everyone should start with.
Check your diet.
- Drink plenty of water – hydrate from the inside.
- Get plenty of EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) like Omega 3 & 6 – Bestow Beauty Oil is a perfect start. 1 tablespoon daily, mixed with food (smoothies, salad dressings, cereals…)
- Watch foods that heat and irritate the skin
- Caffeine, alcohol, oranges, curries, spices, strawberries, saturated fats & processed meats, chocolate …
- Add clean foods, more fruit & vegetables – especially the ones packed with anti-oxidants!
Persevere for 6-8 weeks when dealing with internal changes. Unless you are super deficient, the changes won’t show up on the outside of your skin for a few weeks yet! This is why it is the first step in making a change to your skin.
Check your skin care routine
A hydrated skin is a healthy and strong skin. Given it is very weak at the moment, we don’t want to be doing too much to it initially. If it’s as sensitive as we are assuming, you don’t want to be wearing heavy makeup, if any at all.
- Soak your skin, warm water (not hot!) and a face cloth – morning and night. 20 seconds, 5 times. Depending on severity of sensitivity, you might need to wait a while before including Janesce Soaking Drops. Your beauty therapist will decide whether a naturopathic or herbal concentrate is right for you. Most likely the Janesce Sensitive/Dehydrated concentrate to boost the process of re-hydration.
- Lock in the water with one of these, after soaking:
- Janesce Soothing Mist & Janesce Lavender Facial Oil mixed together in the palm of your hand
- Janesce Avocado & Sesame Oil
- 100% Pure Jojoba Oil
If needed, do the soak & lock again during the day, or apply the facial oil again to protect your skin from dehydrating further.
Without locking the water in from your Soaking, you risk further dehydrating your skin.
Check your environment
We don’t want the skin to be hot or itchy (or both!)
- Avoid too hot showers, too hot teas, and too many blankets at night etc.
- Are you working in air conditioning? This can be very dehydrating and drying on your skin.
BE CONSISTENT, make a habit.
Your skin will thank you in the long term.