This month, our special guest Marine Vincent wanted to talk about sensitive skin. Pharmacist and founder of the great Make Me Feel (don’t hesitate to have a look at their website and their E-Shop), she explains how to deal with sensitive skin as around 65% of the population has this type of skin.
First a bit of background
Sensitive skin is characterized by stinging, burning and itching sensations. Usually, it appears after contact of a trigger in the environment and sometimes even emotions. However even if the number of potential risk factors seems endless, there are ways to protect the skin from them and avoid this hyperreactivity and discomfort.
Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. The sensation of burning and redness is directly caused by the nerve endings in the skin becoming irritated. The natural protective layer of the skin doesn’t work properly and is causing the triggers to penetrate and irritated the nerves. The most frequent risk factors are the brutal changes in temperature, cold weather or hot or hard water, stress, sleep issues, dehydration, etc… Knowing that it is easy to see that re-creating the skin natural barrier is essential in this condition. We have compiled our favourite product and 4 top tips to help you achieve a not-so-much-overreacting skin.
How to deal with sensitive skin?
1. Keep Hydrated
While the weather outside can be frightful, the heating on the inside can also be detrimental for drying out your skin. Dehydration is when there is a lack of water in the stratum corneum – the outermost layer of the epidermis. Your skin keeps water inside of your body, so when it is dry or cold, water evaporates off the surface faster, resulting in red cracked lips as well as rough and flaky skin, or even more sensitive skin outbreaks.
Keep your skin hydrated with the Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream. Fragrance-free, it contains a patented complex highly concentrated in probiotics, prebiotics and lactic acid. Probiotics have an anti-inflammatory action on redness, lactic acid smooths the skin and nourishes it intensely. It soothes irritations, rebuilds the barrier function of the skin and gives it the right level of hydration. Your skin is hydrated, soft and protected against external aggressions, such as pollution or temperatures. Also, I like the fact that it contains an SPF which is indispensable for sensitive skin.
2. Shield your skin
As said, this is the turning point of taking care of your sensitive skin: recreating the natural role of it: barrier! And the new researches have shown that one of the best ways is to take care of our good bacteria creating our skin microbiome. You already know, how big fans we are at Make Me Feel of Gallinée products which are using pre, pro and Postbiotics in their patented formulas. I think for sensitive skin that makes all senses, isn’t it?
Gallinée Body Milk deeply hydrates and nourishes the body, for softer, smoother, more supple skin. It feeds your sensitive skin with a cocktail of firming bogbean and nourishing sweet almond oil, combined with a patented Triple Biotic Complex of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to help support your skin’s microbiome in the most gentle and effective way possible.
3. Examine before you Exfoliate and treat your skin as gentle as possible
The need for exfoliation can be different for every person and ultimately you need to keep an eye on your own skin and determine whether exfoliation is required.
The harsh weather compromises your skin barrier and this is where issues can arise with exfoliation. If your skin is very dry, don’t risk it but if you know your skin can handle it, we’d recommend exfoliating once a week over the Winter months. This will help to speed up the skin’s regeneration and allow better penetration of your moisturizer.
Gently exfoliate your skin with Gallinée Face Mask & Scrub. Our scientifically-formulated complex of prebiotics and lactic acid helps support your microbiome and smooth skin. The combination of Vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties and sea minerals, revitalising stressed and tired skin, is the result of a skin that’s firmed, soft and protected.
4. Boost your Skin with Omega-3
Boost your Omega-3 levels by thinking more about your diet or with an Omega-3 nutritional supplement to help target skin dryness from within. The skin’s barrier is made up of many types of fats (lipids) including phospholipids, cholesterol and free fatty acids. When the skin doesn’t have enough of these fats, then essential water can be lost through the barrier, causing skin dehydration. Give these fats a boost by indulging in Oily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables which are high in fatty acids and protein to help stimulate the production of healthy skin. Marine’s recommendation: Solgar – Omega 3 double strength. Shop it now here on makemefeel.co.uk.