This time of year can play havoc with your skin. As we move from rooms heated artificially to the good old British autumnal wind and rain outside, the changes in temperature and air quality can result in dryness, sore patches and even flare ups of certain skin conditions. When your skin is sensitive, this can be really bad news! Here at Little Soap HQ we know only too well how important it is to take care of our skin, and we’re proud of the natural ingredients we use in our products- making them suitable for most skin types all year round. But there comes a time when your skin just needs a little extra TLC, so this week we’re looking at three easy ways you can manage sensitive skin from within.
What causes sensitive skin?
Some of us will breeze through life with no skin issues at all, while others will seemingly react to every food or cosmetic product going. Sometimes you don’t realise you have sensitive skin until you try something new and then BAM! Your skin breaks out into a rash, you’re itchy and you feel like dumping your entire bathroom cabinet and starting again.
The thing is that there can be so many reasons why your skin is sensitive, and most often it’s a case of slowly ruling things out in order to pin it down to a cause. In a nutshell, sensitivity can occur when the skin’s protective barrier is compromised. This causes the skin to become more susceptible to irritants such as bacteria, chemical substances and allergens.
What are the symptoms of sensitive skin?
When we say ‘sensitive skin’ we really mean that your skin has had a reaction to a certain ingredient, and if that ingredient is an artificial additive of any kind then the reaction is fairly understandable. Natural ingredients will always be a lot kinder to your skin than chemicals. Some of us, though, may react to even natural ingredients (always read labels carefully if this is you!) and the symptoms can include:
Along with the above, you may also experience itchiness, rashes, scale or flakey skin, cracks and bleeding to the skin, raw and swollen skin,
bumps and blisters, burning, tenderness and sore patches. Not at all pleasant.
Heal your skin from within
If you know that there are certain products that your skin reacts too, avoid them at all costs. Opt for natural alternatives and always check the
ingredients label before you use them, Contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure. What we put on to our body affects our skin, and likewise what we put inside our body does too. The foods that you eat can also have an affect on skin sensitivity and often allergies can present themselves in the skin too.
So how do we heal our skin from within? Here are three easy ways you can step out onto the path to soothing recovery today…
- Understand how skin changes over time can affect sensitivity. A baby’s skin is more sensitive than an adult’s skin, simply because
it’s thinner and its barrier functionality is limited. In the same vein, as we age our skin’s outer layer’s ability to protect the deeper layers
from toxins and additives becomes reduced. For this reason, many skin products that are marketed towards younger customers may not always be suitable for us all as we get older, and it may be necessary to switch up your skin care routine a little. What always worked well in the past may need a little tweaking to adapt to your skin’s evolving needs.
- Understand that hormonal imbalances can affect sensitivity. Various hormonal imbalances brought on by stress, pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, menopause etc can also affect the skin’s barrier functions. As these hormonal changes take place, we may notice that we’re more sensitive to products or ingredients that may once have been fine for our skin. Understanding this can help hugely if you’re battling with sensitive skin issues- you may want to look into ways that you can re-balance your hormones for overall health and wellness, and in doing so your skin is likely to benefit too.
- Understand the importance of hydration. The skin’s protective barriers become less effective as we age, and one of the reasons why this happens is down to increased waterless and dehydration in the deeper layers. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest and most effective ways that you can reduce the symptoms of sensitive skin. Lack of water through stress or sweat can also play havoc with your skin and cause it to dry out- so keep that water bottle with you at all times, and invest in a really good, natural moisturiser too.