Your Step by Step Guide to Improving Sensitive Skin
Hypersensitive skin is a common complexion concern. For many, the daily battle with redness, flushing and irritation can be extremely frustrating; not to mention take a toll on self confidence. Common triggers include stress, beauty products, genetics, weather, diet and lifestyle factors. Tailoring therapies is an important part of treating symptoms.
The beauty of this regimen is that it won’t take long for you to reap the rewards. You can expect clearer, more even skin with less incidence of flushing and irritation in as little as two weeks.
When it comes to topical treatments, the first goal is to reduce irritation, soothe inflammation and protect against environmental aggressors using a gentle skincare regime with minimal products.
- Reduce irritation: Often harsh formulas can cause irritation. Changing your face wash is the first step in calming a red, angry complexion. A mild milky cleanser that’s "non-foaming" is essential, as it ensures that the skin is not stripped of its "acid-mantle," which acts as a barrier, protecting it from microbes and toxins that can trigger redness. Our No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk is a gentle Coconut Oil-based emulsion containing soothing natural extracts such as Cucumber, Wattleseed and Zizyphus.
- Soothe inflammation: Soothing botanicals are your skin’s new BFF. If fine lines are not a major concern, use our & Botanical Water Gel. This aloe vera-based gel features a dream team of calming Chamomile and Cucumber, redness reducing Niacinamide (vitamin B3), antimicrobial Calendula, and reparative Gotu Kola. If fine lines are more of an issue, try our No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum. Antioxidant-richKakadu Plum does triple duties - soothing, healing and strengthening skin - while Hyaluronic Acid lends its hydrating and plumping properties. It also contains Gallic Acid, a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, which helps to quell redness and irritation.
- Protect: Using a nourishing moisturiser with soothing botanicals, both morning and night, works to boost barrier function, providing protection against potential sources of external irritation. For night time protection, hydrate and nourish your skin with & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair. Shea and Cocoa Butter work to intensely hydrate, soften and nourish the skin whilst B vitamins encourage more youthful looking and visibly even skin tone and texture. Anti-ageing Vitamin E, enhances the skin's natural healing process.
- Strengthen: Calm, restore and strengthen your skins barrier with our Microbiome Calming Milk. Enriched with the live probiotic strain Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Ferment, this formula restores the skin’s microbe balance, encouraging optimal skin health and resistance to acne breakouts, external aggressors and irritation. A burst of protective and hydrating action is provided by intensely nourishing Jojoba Milk and Birch Leaf offer a strong protective barrier and the bonus of instant skin tightening.
Now that obvious signs of redness are under control, the aim is to reduce irritation permanently by strengthening the skin barrier to improve resilience and address the predisposition to redness and flushing.
- Repair: Our & Coco Bliss Intensive Repair is a nourishing night cream that utilizes Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to stabilises the epidermis and promotes protein synthesis, while Vitamin E enhances cellular repair and Cocoa Butter protects against environmental damage.
- Control redness: To further reduce redness and boost barrier function while you snooze, slather on an overnight mask like our & Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse. Healing Pink Clay, which works to purify, renew and improve elasticity, gets an assist from soothing Aloe Vera and anti-inflammatory Snowflower Seed Oil.
- Strengthen skin barrier: The outermost layer of your skin plays a crucial protective function, serving as a barrier to external aggressors (irritants, microorganisms, UV rays, etc) that can trigger redness. Powered by antioxidant-rich Edelweiss, Kakadu Plum and White Tea, our No.3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum enhances natural DNA protective actions, guarding against sun and free radical damage, while helping to reduce hypersensitivity.
Ingredients to Avoid:
Sadly, in many cases, the products we use to combat our skin concerns can be the very cause of them. These are the topical ingredients sensitive and redness-prone complexions should avoid:
- Synthetic fragrances: Synthetic fragrances are a major source of irritation for most skin types and are shown to trigger redness and inflammation.
- Sodium laureth sulfate: Sodium laureth sulfate (commonly added to face wash to make it foam) is what gives skin that squeaky clean feeling. The issue is that it strips skin of its natural oils, making it extra sensitive and susceptible to redness and irritation.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is an active ingredient in cleansers, makeup removing wipes, acne treatments and more. The problem is that it breaks down the skin's natural protective barrier, leading to dryness and redness.
- Preservatives: The types of preservatives found in most beauty formulas, including parabens, ethylhexanol and even those claiming to be natural, are among the most common irritants. Instead, we use sodium anisate (derived from aniseed) and sodium levulinate (a cellulose starch) to keep our product stable.