Sensitive skin becomes even more sensitized in the summer heat. Clam, soothe and repair your skin this summer. 

Sensitive skin is defined as skin that is hyper-reactive to its environment and  harsh skincare products, often becoming red, flaky, spotty and inflamed and feeling itchy, hot and uncomfortable when triggered.While sensitive skin can appear anywhere on the body, it is at its most obvious on the face. 

Reactive, sensitive skin can be complicated. Prone to not only dryness and dehydration, blotchiness, itching and stinging, this skin type can also suffer from more specific conditions including rosacea, eczema and even acne. 

 

It occurs when skin's natural barrier function is compromised. Sensitive skin is often caused because the skin becomes dehydrated. When the skin’s protective layer, or stratum corneum, lacks moisture it is unable to function properly. This layer is made up of cells and lipids that, when healthy, form a permeable barrier that keeps the skin moist, whilst also blocking out toxins and free radicals. If not enough fluids are being consumed then this top layer of skin is compromised leading to premature signs of ageing.  A thin, weak or damaged skin barrier allows irritants in, or irritates more easily, the whiter or paler the skin, the thinner the barrier, which means you're more prone to rashes, redness and irritation so building up this surface layer could be the key to reducing skin sensitivity long term.  Drinking enough fluids also acts as a flushing system in the body to help remove toxins that could otherwise build up and cause skin sensitivity. Drink at least eight glasses of pure, filtered water daily to help your body detoxify. Hydration is the key. 

 

Sensitive skin can also be genetic. It can be weakened by extrinsic factors like the sun, pollution or extreme heat and cold. There are other, intrinsic factors that may make this skin type more reactive too – hormones, age and stress are all factors that can contribute as does diet. 

 

Things to void for this skin type:

 

  •  Get rid of products with alcohol and witch hazel.

  •  Avoid foaming cleansers, which leach away our Natural Moisturizing Factor. 

  •  Cutting back on physical exfoliation. Don't use products that have ingredients like ground apricot or walnut shells in their exfolaints. Not only   will  this irritate more  it will also micro tear your skin  making it painful when you apply your next product even if its right for your skin type. 

  •  Don't use detergent laden products like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate  these will strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving the barrier dry, exposed and   susceptible to irritation. They also have an alkalizing effect on the skin, throwing off pH balance and disrupting the skin's natural processes.

  •  Cut back in the exfoliation. Active” acids, like salicylic acid for example, should also be avoided as these remove the top layers of skin. The top   layer of sensitive skin types is already compromised this would make it worse.

  •  Washing too frequently in water that is too hot

  •  Alcohol – a diuretic that robs the body of fluids and dehydrates skin

  •  Caffeine – also a diuretic that sucks out moisture from the skin.

  •  Sugary sodas – loaded with refined sugar and chemicals

  •  MSG, artificial colors and some preservatives can affect people with sensitive skin. Try to eat food that is close to nature, avoiding canned, frozen and boxed meals. Watch out for coloring's added to yogurt, candy and snack crackers. In addition to causing skin condition flare-ups, these additives can spawn headaches, fatigue and attention problems.

 

 

Positive things to apply :

 

1. Antioxidants 

Protecting against free radical damage can help maintain a strong skin barrier, so look for antioxidants in your products. If you have sensitive skin, natural extracts with powerful antioxidant.  "Niacinamide ( B3)  is a great ingredient to try – it boosts ceramide production, thereby improving lipid barrier function.       

1. Keeping it Cool 

Cleanse with tepid water and don’t put your face under the shower - hot water will only strip the skin; showers and baths should not be overly hot in general. Avoid itching, too, as this will damage the skin’s surface even further.

2. Don't Stress

Building up your barrier is not as simple as using the right skincare; think of it in the same way as you do your immune system - you need to feed its strength from all angles, mentally and physically. “Your skin [is] your biggest organ and needs to be looked after from the inside and out,” says Sarah Brown. "Make sure you’re using the right products that protect and repair your skin barrier, but also look at your diet and stress levels. Stress is proven to slow down the skin healing process, including skin barrier recovery. So, daily stress or poor stress management can leave the skin barrier in a permanently weakened state.

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Foods for Sensitive Skin Types:   Did You Know?

Introducing a diet rich in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E, and natural plant oils or oily fish can help return skin to a healthy condition.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids – found in oily fish, walnuts and flax seed oil, help to replenish the skins natural barrier.  Extra virgin coconut oil is really a wonderfully natural moisturizer for your sensitive skin. It contains a huge amount of fatty acids that help your skin be well moisturized and simultaneously prevent dryness. It enters deeply into the pores, moisturizing and nourishing your skin. In addition, as coconut oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties so it can treat conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It can also prevent sun damage from harming your skin. 

  • Selenium – helps protect skin from free-radicals and is available from foods like Brazil nuts, prawns, lamb, fish beef, turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta.

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  • Antioxidants - important for slowing and preventing free-radical damage and maintaining healthy cells. Found in man different foods, especially colourful fruits and vegetables like berries, beetroot, squash, peppers, tomatoes and spinach. 

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  • Coenzyme Q10 – this important antioxidant that is key for energy and helping cells work, is made by the body but as the body ages CoQ10 depletes. The antioxidant can be found in fish such as salmon and tuna, poultry, liver and whole grains.

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  • Vitamin A – found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, oranges, carrots, dairy foods and melon, is vital to repair skin. 

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  • Vitamin C – Helps protect the skin from sun damage and repair cells. Found in foods such as citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli and bell peppers.

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  • Vitamin E – thought to be one of the most effective vitamins for sensitive skin. Vital for rescuing skin from sun damage and reducing inflammation. Available from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, greens and asparagus. 

  • Asparagus -Key nutrients: Folate, vitamins B1, C, K, fibre, iron, calcium, saponins, inulin. This contains anti-inflammatory compounds called saponins and a starch, inulin, which passes undigested to the large intestine where it supports bacteria associated with nutrient absorption and a lower allergy risk. 

  • Red Onion : Key nutrients: Inulin, quercetin, flavonoids, sulphur, biot  These are a fabulous source of the antioxidant quercetin, thought to inhibit the release of histamines that leads to allergic reactions. Red onions also provide sulphur, which boosts healthy connective tissue, or collagen.

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  • Tomatoes: Key nutrients: Lycopene, lutein, betacarotene, quercetin, vitamin C.  All colors supply antioxidants: quercetin calms skin, and lycopene and rutin protect and strengthen the blood vessels.

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  • Broccoli : Key nutrients: Sulforaphane, vitamins A, B C, E, and K, chromium, omega-3, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, selenium. This is high in an antioxidant kaempferol, which helps to stop the immune system over-reacting to allergy-related substances, lessening their impact and lowering the risk of inflammation.

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  • Buckwheat : Key nutrients: Rutin, quercetin, magnesium, fibre, protein. Actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel, buckwheat is a good grain substitute for those sensitive to wheat or other gluten grains. It also provides the antioxidant rutin, which helps reduce the fragility of blood vessel walls.

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  • Summer Berries :  Key Nutrients:  Flavonoids, anthocyanins, vitamins C and E, omega-3, potassium, magnesium. Low in sugar, yet full of antioxidants that protect the skin and blood vessels.

  • Peppers : Key nutrients: Quercetin, carotenoids, vitamin C, B vitamins. These have 30 types of carotenoid, flavonoids such as quercetin, and vitamin C. They also contain sulphur, which supports collagen.

  • Olive Oil : Key nutrients: Quercetin, vitamin E, omega-9. Try to use organic, extra virgin cold-pressed oil as this has more anti-infl amatory polyphenols that can calm sensitive skin.

  • Avocado : Key nutrients: Lutein, betacarotene, omega-3 and -9, vitamins B5, B6, C, E, K, copper, folate, potassium. Healthy monounsaturated fats in avocado allow 2–6 times more uptake of carotenoids. They contain B vitamins to help calm skin.

  • Green Tea  : Key nutrients: L-theanine, catechins, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This has higher levels of antioxidants than black tea, including catechins, which support collagen and elastin.

  • Leafy Greens: Key nutrients: Fibre, vitamin C, betacarotene, quercetin, omega-3. Rich in vitamins A and C, quercetin, and anti-infl ammatory vitamin K.

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  • Cacao : Key nutrients: Magnesium, chromium, iron protein, copper, calcium, betacarotene, vitamins B1 and B2, magnesium, sulphur, flavonoids, fatty acids. 1oz of cacao contains 314 per cent of our daily iron needs. Cacao also has sulphur, supporting collagen production.

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The healthier you are generally, the better your skin will be, It’s about making every cell in the body as healthy as possible to prevent premature ageing ,sickness and disease. All these good healthy applications  feeds your skin he vitamins and nutrients it needs to be strong,healthy and beautiful, naturally.

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