Find out more about correct daily skincare regimes for sensitive skin.
Each of us is different, so is our skin. Different skin types require different skin regime so is important to know how to look after your skin properly.
From a cosmetic point of view, the skin is classified according to several factors related to its balance: sebaceous secretion, hydration and sensitivity level. Thus, each type of skin will have its own characteristics and require different care. The type of skin is determined by genetics, although it will also be affected by other factors and can change with time.
Kalahari Lifestyle Skin classification looks at overall skin health and group skin types into 5 groups:
- Mature Skin
- Premature Ageing Skin
- Dry & Dehydrated Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- Hyperpigmentated Skin
- Problematic Skin
Sensitive skin appears most on the face but can appear anywhere on the body. It occurs when skin’s natural barrier function is compromised, causing water loss and allowing penetration of irritants. Symptoms are triggered by factors that facial skin is most exposed to, from sun exposure, ingredients or products we apply on the skin to even a fabric softener we use.
Knowing more about the causes of sensitive facial skin and the factors that can worsen it can help reduce its impact and lessen occurrences.
It is important for healthy skin to keep balance by protecting against external influences, while regulating moisture levels. Much of this is down to the processes taking place in skin’s horny layer, or stratum corneum, which is made up of cells and lipids. These lipids are like the ‘mortar’ to the cells’ ‘bricks’, providing stability and permeability, regulating fluid and maintaining elasticity and firmness.
Symptoms of sensitive skin:
- dry skin
- dehydrated skin
- reactive skin
- young skin type
- acne breakouts
Factors that can increase facial skin sensitivity
Once the skin has become sensitive, certain events and behaviours can exacerbate and prolong the condition.
An inappropriate skincare routine. Washing too frequently in water that is too hot can strip down the skin of its protective lipid layer and cause it to become more sensitive. Some products also contain harsh ingredients that harm the natural protective barrier making the skin susceptible to irritation. If a person then applies a moisturiser or make-up that contains irritants, sensitive skin may experience discomfort or even redden and sting.
How to restore mature skin?
Research has shown that a number of active ingredients, which are largely naturally-derived, can provenly reduce skin sensitivity. These are available in Kalahari skincare products, making it possible to follow a regular cleansing and moisturising routine, while also protecting the skin every day.
Treating a sensitive skin comes down to ingredient formulations which focus specifically on the prevention of inflammation, protecting the natural hydrolipid barrier (acid mantle), reducing free radicals and restoring the skin’s natural health. With plant ingredients such as Skin Microbes, Aloe leaf extract, Centella asiatica extract, Chamomile and numerous other soothing botanical oils, Kalahari Lifestyle skincare products can successfully treat and restore the skin’s healthy balance.
To make sure your mature skin is looked after in a correct way, we prepared together with Kalahari Lifestyle a program to help you understand step by step how to introduce those amazing products to your skin.