Sensitive skin? This is an increasing complaint amongst my customers.
Dry, sensitive skin?
Or breakout prone skin that is sensitive? And just when you thought the days of finicky skin, breakouts and reactions were behind you!
A recent US report on the prevalence of sensitive skin found that about 60% of women report having sensitive skin to one degree or another.
It's sods law, when we start to feel confident about what our skin likes and doesn't like that's exactly when our skin changes.
It is incredibly common for my customers to tell me that in the past they could pretty much use whatever the liked on their skin (and I certainly did growing up in the 80s), but that as they get older, they find their skin becoming increasing sensitive.
Factor in external triggers, stress, an unbalanced diet or adverse weather conditions and you've got the perfect sensitive skin storm.
If you're on the hunt for a sensitive skin moisturiser, something that won't irritate or exacerbate sensitive skin, here are some of my favourite ingredients and products that are able to soothe, hydrate and moisturise gently.
What Are The Symptoms of Sensitive Skin?
First things first though, how can you tell if you have sensitive skin?
The term is so broad and the signs and symptoms are so varied, that 'sensitive skin' could be classified as pretty much anything.
But here are some of the tell-tale signs to look out for:
Redness. This could be because of genetic predisposition (like with rosacea, for example) or as a temporary reaction to harsh ingredients contained in skincare or beauty products.
Rashes and tiny red bumps. Again, these are often caused by irritation to products.
A stinging or burning sensation. Having sensitive skin means you have a thinner skin barrier, which means that the wrong products that don't suit sensitive skins could trigger an unpleasant reaction.
Dry or eczema-prone skin (i.e. dermatitis). This happens when a leaky skin barrier doesn't effectively trap moisture, so scaling, flaking, and itchiness can develop.
Broken capillaries. Ever had blood vessels become visible near the surface of the skin? This can happen if you have thin and fewer protective layers. Cold and windy days, for example, are a trigger for people with rosacea.
Sensitive, dry skin sometimes produces extra oils to compensate for the lack of contained moisture, which means you can be prone to clogged pores and annoying breakouts.
So the key with sensitive skin (no matter the cause) is great ingredients and hydration, which is why finding the perfect sensitive skin moisturiser that provides the right nutrition and care for your skin is key.
Sensitive Skin Favourite Ingredients
Here are my favourite face plant oils you might want to look out for when looking for a new moisturiser for your sensitive skin.
The Best Oils For Sensitive Skin
1 - Sensitive Skin Moisturiser - Marshmallow Root Oil
Not a very common ingredient, but one of my favourites to incorporate into my sensitive skin care.
That's because marshmallow root oil is deeply-hydrating and helps to maintain the hyaluronic acid levels in the skin, while soothing and calming red, itchy, and irritated skin.
Hyaluronic acid is what allows your skin to remain moisturised and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is why the high levels contained in Marshmallow root oil make it a great ingredient for your moisturiser.
INCI Name (i.e. what you need to look out for on the label): Althaea officinalis root extract. It usually appears as an extract and can be found in cream or serum based products (water based) or in a carrier oil eg sunflower oil.
Where can you find marshmallow root oil?
The Marshmallow root oil we use at The Rose Tree is made with the roots of the marshmallow plant macerated in sunflower Oil with the addition of rosemary antioxidant.
It's one of the key ingredients that I use in my ten times award-winning Intensive Balm - perfect for its hydration boosting properties.
It's gentle and softening and is fantastic for people with dry, lacklustre skin. Incorporate it into your daily skincare routine to see benefits.