Did you know sensitive skin is often a reaction to skin care products or other products that come in contact with skin? In fact, when asked, more than 57% of people categorize their skin as sensitive.
While some people become sensitive because of environmental factors or lifestyle changes, most people have it because they don’t use proper skin care for their skin type. The first step to managing sensitive skin comes with understanding what having it truly means. Failure to educate yourself, or consult a licensed professional may result in adverse skin reactions. This is why you should follow a customized ingredient specific skin care regime recommended by a licensed Aesthetician or Dermatologist.
Sensitive skin types have more reactive blood vessels – often referred to as broken capillaries --- and more dermal appendages – hair follicles, sebaceous, and sweat glands. This happens because sensitive skin types have a thinner stratum corneum (outer layer of the skin) and a weaker defense barrier of lipids. It interfere with the skins' ability to retain moisture causing heightened permeability, less protection against irritating ingredients or pollutants, and an increase in moisture loss. The moisture decrease causes skin to become dry, itchy, inflamed, and irritated.
Sensitive skin can heal becoming less of a discomfort over time if managed properly. Managing sensitive skin types correctly depends on choosing products with ingredients that are healing, fragrance-free, and soothe the skin. Those with sensitive skin should use products rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help stop free radical damage from triggering skin sensitivity.
By now, you’ve probably assessed most if not all your products to see if they have ingredients packed to protect or if you’re using a product that just isn’t that into you. Whatever the case, we’re going to share our top product picks from La Roche-Posay, dermatologist tested skin care that is suitable for sensitive skin.
We know those with sensitive skin need to pay attention to the skin care products they commit too. Nothing drives that point home like the battle of finding the perfect cleanser.
On top of looking out for cleansers that strip your face of natural oils, sensitive skin types want to make sure their cleansers are fragrance-free. Fragrance-free, products are important because fragrances irritate the skin causing unwanted rashes and bumps to develop. We recommend sensitive skin types use La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Milky Facial Cleanser twice a day to remove makeup and dead skin cells without the risk of irritation.
This formula is not only fragrance-free but preservative free and light on the face as well. The texture of this product will leave your face feeling smooth and clean without stripping your skin of its natural oils. After cleansing with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Milky Facial Cleanser, follow up with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser.
It safely cleans the skin preventing irritation or over-drying. This formula contains potassium Myristate, a fatty acid that boosts your skin’s protective lipids, helping improve skin hydration. You’ll want to focus on products that create a proper lipid barrier, which is why products with moisture boosting ingredients are a must.
Lack of hydration results in aggravated inflamed itchy skin. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Fluid Oil-Free Moisturizer is formulated as a weightless moisturizer for sensitive skin. This formula soothes irritation and provides lasting hydration to even the most intolerant skin type. Apply both morning and night after cleansing the face and neck.
Don’t just depend on a moisturizer. Consider a treatment such as La Roche-Posay Effaclar Pore Refining Anti-Wrinkle Serum to not only hydrate the surface, but also penetrate deeper into the skin’s epidermis. This makes sure your products work together to provide a powerful combination of highly concentrated ingredients that accelerate skin renewal, tighten pores, retain moisture, and smooth fine lines.
This serum was formulated to improve skin texture and heal without drying out, ensuring your skin maintains its natural healthy glow. After applying your serum twice a day morning and night, you’ll want to cater to your eye area. The skin around your eye is thin and fragile, it is easy for it to become saggy, darkened, or discolored.
Apply La Roche-Posay Active C Eyes With Vitamin C Eye Cream to nourish the skin and help calm a sensitive eye area. This formula was formulated with Vitamin C to visibly reduce the look of crow's feet wrinkles and boost radiance. Use this lightweight cream twice daily to moisturize, nourish, restore, and sooth around the eye.
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Did you try any of La Roche-Posay’s sensitive skin solutions? Which products worked best for you?
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