With a variety of symptoms including redness, heat, itching, tightness and prickling, sensitive skin is an uncomfortable reality for 60% of Australians*. Whatever the type, rest assured you can vastly improve the life of your sensitive skin with these simple, skin-soothing and skin caring steps.
How to Soothe Sensitive & Allergy-Prone Skin in 3 Steps
With a variety of symptoms including redness, heat, itching, tightness and prickling, sensitive skin is an uncomfortable reality for 60% of Australians*. As common in oily and combination skin types as it is in dry, the discomfort stems from a weakening of the skin’s protective barrier function, which causes irritation to the nerve endings.
While for some this barrier breakdown can be triggered by factors including sun exposure, pollution, allergens and stress, others are born with sensitive skin. An umbrella term, sensitive skin comes in many forms, from skin that flushes in response to alcohol, foods, or temperature changes, to atopic skin with eczema, reactive skin triggered by certain products and environmental factors, and allergic skin that responds to allergens in products and the environment.
Whatever the type, rest assured you can vastly improve the life of your sensitive skin with these simple, skin-soothing and skin caring steps.
Step 1 – Cleanse
With its weakened barrier, allergy-prone and sensitive skin is more susceptible to irritation from environmental factors including dirt, pollution, make-up and allergens. At the same time, it is less able to retain moisture and can easily become dehydrated, causing further tightness, itching and discomfort.
Twice-daily cleansing with a gentle, soap-free formula is therefore recommended to remove potential aggressors, without upsetting sensitive skin’s moisture balance.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser gently cleanses the eyes and face of make-up, sebum and impurities, without causing irritation or dryness. A true minimalist formula, the soothing milk cleanser follows a strict charter for maximum tolerance for allergy-prone, sensitive skin. Free of fragrance, tensio-active ingredients and preservatives and enriched with moisturising glycerin, it can be used with or without water.
Step 2 – Moisturise, Protect & Treat
Dryness will exacerbate tight, itchy sensations, so it’s important to moisturise morning and night, avoiding common irritants including alcohol, lanolin and fragrance. Toleriane Ultra moisturiser is a rich, high-tolerance, minimalist formula that hydrates, soothes and works at the source to strengthen skin and break the sensitivity cycle.
As glycerin restores moisture, shea butter boosts the skin’s barrier function, and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes and reduces redness. Meanwhile, powerful active ingredient Neurosensine™ targets skin sensitivity and reactivity while soothing the skin.
With UV exposure a trigger for sensitivity, daily broad-spectrum sun protection is also vital. Very high-level protection is available with Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid – the hypoallergenic sunscreen range specifically formulated for sensitive skin prone to sun intolerance.
For night-time use, Toleriane Ultra Overnight moisturiser soothes ultra-sensitive, allergy-prone skin with its cooling gel formula. With antioxidant protection from La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and Vitamin E, shea butter and Niacinamide improve the skin’s barrier function, and Neurosensine™ soothes the skin and reduces signs of irritation as you sleep.
Free from parabens, preservatives, fragrance, alcohol, colourants and lanolin, the high-tolerance formula is the secret to waking up with a calm and comfortable complexion.
Step 3 – Correct with Make-up
Cosmetics can be very useful to camouflage the redness that often accompanies sensitive skin. However, it’s essential you choose hypoallergenic, high-tolerance make-up that won’t cause further irritation, or trigger an allergic response.
Allergy-tested and free from fragrance, alcohol and parabens, Toleriane Teint Fluid Foundation SPF25 corrects the appearance of imperfections for all sensitive, reactive and allergy-prone skin. Formulated with Neurosensine™ and Thermal Spring Water, the full coverage fluid provides soothing relief as it evens out the complexion for a flawless finish.
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*2011 TNS Skincare Usage & Attitude Study, Australia