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The rise of skin sensitivity

Hello everyone!


Today, we wanted to discuss the rise of skin sensitivity.


What is it?


Sensitive skin is described by stinging, burning and itching sensations, tightness and dryness. It is usually caused by ingredients and/or environmental factors but triggers are wide-ranging and can even include stress.


Triggers (and solutions)


Pollution


Not only does air pollution speed up the natural ageing of the skin but it is also linked to random breakouts and rashes.


You can fight pollution on your skin by going in saunas to sweat out the toxins, try dry-brushing to renew skin cells and exfoliating your skin regularly.


Artificial fragrances and preservatives


Fragrance and preservatives (e.g. parabens) can often irritate your skin. This can easily be avoided by avoiding skin care products that contain these elements. You can also detox your skin using clay masks that draw out the residue left by chemicals.


Unbalanced skin pH


Having a balanced microbiome (i.e. pH) is key for healthy skin. Good bacteria, yeast and parasites that live on your skin are essential in keeping your skin healthy but when these are stripped out, your skin suffers and can become more sensitive.


You can avoid this by using pH balanced skin care products, avoiding antibacterial soaps and trying probiotic-rich skin treatments (e.g. using yoghurt).


Stress


Stress contributes through hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline - these cause inflammation and break down collagen.


Reducing stress is difficult but there are many ways this can be achieved and it will depend on you as a person. We recommend practicing self-care through exercise, skin, body and hair routines and breathing techniques - check out our self-care highlights on our instagram page for more tips.


Food


Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods can make skin rashes worse.


Try and track what causes these outbreaks using a food diary.


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We hoped you enjoyed today’s blog post. Next week we will be discussing the different types of acne.


Claritas.



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