How to Deal With Sensitive Skin
- “My skin is sensitive”
- “My skin reacts when I use any products”
- “My skin reacts when I use certain products”
The main cause for it being ‘sensitive’ is because something has sensitised it. If you’ve had this condition for a short time, possibly something has changed in your environment, diet, or lifestyle? Or perhaps you’ve changed your skin care regime, and your skin has become upset. If you’ve had sensitive skin for a long time – the answer could still be the same. Most likely, you’re exposed to something your skin doesn’t like, or you’re lacking in something your skin needs.
Some people are more prone to skin sensitivities than others, due to our genetics; but most of the time it’s due to environment, lifestyle or “user error”. Your skin sensitivity can be completely corrected or at least managed – through good skin care, healthy lifestyle habits and great self care. You are born with delicate skin, not sensitive skin. Think of your skin as sensitised not sensitive.
By 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.
1. Look at 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.
2. Look at 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.
3. Look at 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.
4. Make changes, persevere, be consistent, make it a habit.
It may be easy to make small changes, or it may be best for you dive straight into new changes. Whatever you decide, visit us for a consultation so we can coach you through. Diving straight into it on your own may give your skin a flare up before it gets better. Talk to us. The most important factor is consistency with the goal of making your new routines a habit. Your skin will thank you.