Sensitive skin is a very common skin condition which can cause tightness, dryness, itchiness, burning, redness and sometimes bumps and hives. Sensitive skin is caused by irritated nerve endings in the top layer of skin, excessive exposure to environmental factors (i.e. wind, extremely hot or cold temperatures) and by other skin conditions.
For those with sensitive skin, seasonal or environmental changes can have a big impact on your skin’s condition. A change in temperature, diet, hormone levels, stress levels and using certain cosmetics/skincare products can all trigger sensitive skin.
Sensitive Skin Advice
There are certain changes you can make to help relieve or prevent sensitive skin and flare-ups:
Avoid washing your face in hot water, as hot water can irritate the skin, causing the blood vessels to become red and sore.
Gently pat the skin dry after washing and gently pat products onto your skin, Avoid rubbing the face. This will help soothe the skin and protect it from any dirt or debris getting into the skin.
Avoid any products with high parfum (as these can cause the skin to become quite sensitive) and be careful with acid-based products (as some acids can cause reactions to sensitive skin).
Cleanse your skin in the evening to help clean any dirt and make-up from the day.
Moisturise your skin daily to help hydrate and soothe.
Top Products We Recommend
La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Ultra Cream has a calming effect and relieves irritation immediately while also repairing the skin’s natural barrier.
Bioderma’s Sensibio range is suitable for all sensitive and reactive skin types. The Sensibo H2O Micellar Water cleanses and removes make-up from the face and eyes while also soothing irritated skin.
Vichy’s SlowAge Moisturiser is natural probiotic skincare (with SPF) that helps heal the skin and protect it against the day to day environmental elements.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser gently cleanses and refreshes the skin without over-stripping or leaving skin feeling tight and dry.
Always talk to your GP, Dermatologist or Pharmacist if you are concerned about your dry skin. We have skincare experts in many of our stores, visit your local Hickey’s Pharmacy to speak with them about your skin. Find your local Hickey’s Pharmacy here.
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