Sensitive skin in a broad term for which there are many definitions. Some people experience sensitivity to their skin because of genetic and hereditary factors, (for example, people with particularly fair skin can often experience sensitivity to the sun and other elements), skin sensitivity can be attributed to food allergens or intolerances or sensitive skin cause be caused by misuse or overuse of products and ingredients that the skin receives as aggravating or abrading. While the exact causes of sensitive skin are largely unknown, when it comes to skin care there are a number of agreed upon ingredients and other factors that people who experience sensitive skin, symptoms of which may include dryness, redness, irritated or inflamed skin, should avoid whenever possible.
What ingredients should be avoided in sensitive skin care products?
A non-exhaustive list of ingredients commonly found in skin care products and other cosmetics like makeup that can be deemed not suitable for sensitive skin include artificial fragrances, as many ingredients are not disclosed which makes it difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing the sensitivity, harsh physical exfoliators like scrubs or chemical exfoliants like acids, sodium lauryl sulfates or SLS and alcohols, many of which are too astringent and can cause dryness or flaking.
Sensitive skin care for your delicate facial skin
When it comes to treating the already delicate skin on your face, skin sensitivities add a whole new dimension to the way in which you will want to care for and treat your skin. Being careful to avoid as many of the ingredients listed above as possible, you may also want to consider introducing new products slowly - one by one - to ensure you’re able to have a clearer understanding of products or ingredients you may react to.