03 Jul How to treat sensitive skin
Reactive, inflamed, delicate – call it what you will but for those with it, sensitive skin is no laughing matter. As someone with a typically fine, English Rose skin type, I actually have to be careful what I do to my skin, although funnily (and luckily I guess) I don’t tend to have problems with products.
If you can relate to this too, read on as the very knowledgeable and results-driven Hannah Orchard, Aesthetic Nurse and owner of The Orchard Rooms skin rejuvenation clinic (www.theorchardrooms.com) has some brilliant tips and advice to share:
Skin that easily becomes inflamed, red, angry or irritated. This can be hereditary, but environmental factors or irritating skincare products may trigger or worsen flare-ups. It can be rather challenging to keep sensitive skins looking healthy as they react to many of the usual ‘over-the-counter’ lotions and potions that would normally be used as part of a skincare regimen.
The sun is known to be one of the worst aggressors on a sensitive skin as it triggers inflammation. In order to help prevent this damage, it’s essential to use a non-chemical sunscreen. Some SPF’s have a chemical filter which can irritate sensitive skins so choose a more gentle mineral filter. My favourite is Mineral Radiance, an SPF50 by SkinCeuticals (below, left). It even has a gorgeous tint to even out skin tone, giving it a dewy sheen. £35.