How to care for sensitive skin

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If you read our recent post about figuring out which skin type you are and fell into the sensitive skin category, then this week's post is for you. We often get asked to help with issues which appear due to sensitive skin and various irritations, and it can be vexing if you are suffering from them. But thanks to modern-day skin care, this issue is one which can easily be managed with a little harnessing of your skincare regime along with a review of your product and lifestyle choices.

Skin changes often occur and can be affected by diet, lifestyle and environmental pollutants, and sensitive skin is more likely than most to react to small changes in any of these factors. Sensitive skin is one which will irritate easily, turning red with changes in temperature or with emotions. It also does not react well to certain ingredients in products, so it's a good idea to make yourself aware of the components within the products you are using. Consulting a skincare specialist is a must if you are having reactions to certain products or would like to learn to manage your skin to result in a glowing complexion.

Diet plays an integral part when it comes to skincare. Keep a weather eye out for any foods which cause your skin to irritate and take steps to eliminate them from your diet in the future. Look for foods rich in Vitamins A, C and E and also foods high in antioxidants which help maintain healthy skin ensuring toxins are flushed out and your glowing complexion is maintained. There's also the water consumption key - we all know it's important to keep hydrated, but sensitive skin types benefit the most from drinking plenty of water as their delicate skin is susceptible to more dryness than others.

We also love Skinade for delivering essential nutrients in a liquid formulation to the skin. It works from within on both the inner (dermis) and outer (epidermis) layers of the skin to boost collagen and rehydrate dry skin.

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On the product front, delicate and sensitive skin types also require water to be locked in to prevent it from drying. When choosing products look for ingredients such as Aloe, Frankincense, Rose Quartz and Hinokitiol, all these ingredients are anti-inflammatory and perfect for delicate skin. Products which are fragrance-free and alcohol-free are also helpful. But delicate skin is also easily overwhelmed so it is best to keep your everyday skincare products simple: Try a gentle cleanser, a daily moisturiser with SPF and a speciality serum that protects delicate skin types. Also when you're cleansing your skin a gentle approach is always a winner - use warm water and pat your skin dry, don't try to rub or over-stimulate it.

Oxygen facial treatments are especially good if you have sensitive skin and cannot tolerate other facials. In addition, oxygen facial treatments are highly effective when treating skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis.  Again seek advice from a skin specialist who can provide a step by step guide using the right products for your concern. 

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Finally, as we are heading into summer remember your SPF. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen all year round. And if you live in the city you may be aware of new anti-pollution products which are coming to the beauty market - including our own unique Lisa Franklin range for women and men, which launches this summer. Watch this space for more product launch info over the next few months.

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For more information about your skin type why not book a consultation in our clinic by calling (+44) 020 77520217 or schedule an appointment here.