Sensitive skin is an issue which affects many people, and is characterised by dry skin, signs of skin irritation, a tendency for skin to 'flush' and feelings of stinging, burning or tightness. Research indicates that sensitive skin has a genetic component, and can also result from skin disorders, allergies, sun exposure and other factors.
While it can manifest in a number of different ways, and the severity can vary significantly from one person to the next, many people with sensitive skin notice it most when using skin care products, and this can occur even when those products have been designed to help alleviate skin problems.
For this reason, it is important for those with sensitive skin to take the time to find the best moisturiser for their skin type, rather than one that leaves their skin feeling dry, irritated or inflamed. So what is it about skin care products that irritates sensitive skin types and what moisturiser should they look for instead?
Nature Vs Science
When it comes to developing skin care products, it can often seem there is a direct confrontation between nature and science, with some advocating entirely natural skin care remedies, and others praising the benefits of modern science and synthetic products, which have been specially formulated to achieve desirable results.
The reality, however, is that these two concepts do not need to be in conflict with one another at all. In fact, the answer to finding the skin care products best suited to people with irritation prone skin is to combine the very best aspects of both modern science and the natural world.
While it is certainly true that nature provides us with many of the ingredients necessary to improve our skin and treat a variety of other conditions, it is by no means the answer for everything. Indeed, the allergens and irritants found in the natural world are the root cause of some skin problems and can worsen many others.
For those with sensitive skin, the best solution is to buy products that are grounded in nature, but which use modern science to identify and remove the allergens and irritants that contribute to skin problems. Essentially, this means that science can be used to make natural products safer and more effective.
Ingredients to Avoid
People with sensitive skin need to be aware of what is in the skin care products they buy and in many cases, this requires an awareness of specific ingredients, because even package promises like "hypo-allergenic" and "suitable for all skin types" do not guarantee that the product will not present problems.
One of the most problematic ingredients for those with sensitive skin is methylisothiazolinone and this particular ingredient has been linked with a huge number of skin allergy outbreaks and reactions in recent years. In fact, research shows that 10 percent of those with skin conditions test positive for a methylisothiazolinone allergy.
Many of the skin care products on the market today are overly acidic and it is typical to see moisturisers and other creams and lotions with a pH score in the region of 5.5. Spring water, which is neutral, has a pH score of 7, so a pH score of 5.5 indicates an acidic final product, which can be harsh on the skin.
The problem with using an abundance of acidic skin care products is that as they are absorbed by the skin, they push the skin towards becoming more acidic. This can lead to problems like dryness, inflammation and redness.
Meanwhile, salicylic acid is often recommended by doctors for a variety of skin disorders and it is often effective. However, for those with sensitive skin, regular application over large areas can lead to skin irritation and inflammation. In many cases, hyaluronic acid is a good alternative, which is less likely to produce these side effects.
Rather than using acidic moisturisers, it is best to use moisturisers and other skin care products with a pH above seven. This indicates that the product is alkaline. However, you do not want to go too far the other way either. We believe the optimum pH score is 7.3, as this enables skin cells to stay within their natural range and function at their best, allowing the body to regulate dry or oily skin and defend against bacteria.
It is also important to use products which compliment each other, rather than using acidic products part of the time and alkaline products the rest of the time. The problem with doing this is that the acidic products will not only irritate sensitive skin, they can also limit the effectiveness of the alkaline products too.
Sönd's Sidekick Day Cream is formulated with shea butter, silica, pentavitin and sunflower seed oil. As a result, it is able to moisturise and nourish the skin, provide anti ageing benefits and is also useful for calming redness and inflammation, which is a common symptom of sensitive skin and various other skin disorders.
The Midnight Feast Night Cream is the ideal companion product, because it contains silica, Dead Sea and Himalayan salts, which encourage skin regeneration, and coconut oil, which is ideal for soothing irritation.