Sensitive vs. Sensitised Skin
Written By SkynSin
Prone to redness, tiny bumps and itchy skin? You’re not alone! Most of us with sensitive skin conditions have tried being our own chemist - buying, testing and mixing all kinds of products only find that your skin flares up even more *sigh*. If you’re thinking “that sounds like me”, it’s time to stop! Piling multiple products on your face actually aggravates your skin even more, causing it to burn, feel itchy or even sting.
Buuut there’s a difference between sensiti-ve and sensiti-sed skin? Both can be stressful, but knowing the difference between the two can positively influence your future skincare routine!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Sensitive skin is usually reactive skin towards certain factors like food, skincare ingredients or even your own sweat! If taking a bite of your favourite prawn usually results in tiny red bumps appearing on your cheeks or forehead, sorry girl… your skin is most likely sensitive.
Sensitised skin is effectively injury caused by the result of over-stimulation. For example, the overuse of retinol, lasers and peels. Ingredients like acids & retinol are effective at removing dead skin, increasing cell turnover and improving the texture of your skin, but only with moderation! Over-using strong ingredients will most likely cause sensitised skin.
In summary? People with sensitive skin need to use the right products, while those with sensitised skin need to build or strengthen their skin barrier.
WHAT DO I DO?
Don’t worry. You have a high chance of figuring out what’s a “no-no” for your skin just by identifying potential triggers. For example products containing alcohol, fragrance and even some essential oils are the usual suspects for irritants.
We’ve also prepared some key tips for our sensi-friends.
TIPS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Use a specific skincare routine that calms and soothes the complexion
Avoid facial treatments that may thin out the skin further (e.g. laser, acids or peels)
Choose hydrating and calming products that do not damage the skin barrier
TIPS FOR SENSITISED SKIN
Keep your skincare routine easy, breezy and simple
Remove any products that could cause irritation (for example alcohol, essential oils, retinol)
Choose regimes and products that aim to re-hydrate and restore your skin’s natural barrier
HOW WE CURATE OUR SENSITIVE SKIN SETS:
Identify soothing, gentle ingredients that will work with your skin's natural pH balance.
Choose moisturising sheet masks that help to balance your sensitive skin.
Include minimal exfoliating ingredients that’s gentle enough to ensure your glow.
Refrain from using harsh ingredients.
Aim to build your skin barrier with the goal of reducing sensitivity & redness.