What exactly is sensitive skin?

Knowing more about sensitive skin physiology will help you and your skin become less irritated and thus happier. Sometimes it's the simple changes that make a big difference. Check out these facts and tips that will help your sensitive skin.

Intelligent skin care for sensitive skin

Red skin = unhappy skin
Red skin = unbalanced skin
Unbalanced skin = weak skin
Weak skin = sensitive skin
Very sensitive skin is totally uncomfortable to live with.

Intelligent skin care will help you nurse your skin back to a stronger, healthier, more balanced, less sensitive state.
To do this, you must first understand that the skin hates heat. Using hot water on unhappy/unbalanced skin will worsen the sensitive skin condition.
Detergent cleansers and anything that breaks down the skin’s lipid barrier are wrong for the health of the skin.The chemistry of your skin and the ingredients used in cosmetic skin care products need to be balanced.
The Sensitive Skin Clinic line is an extension of our passion and belief in honest skin care that will strengthen and balance the skin. This will make sensitive skin more resilient, healthier and therefore younger looking and acting. To us, ingredients matter more than product names. To us, the science of skin care matters so much more than marketing hype from mega brands.In other words, the marketing hype on skin care packaging and advertisements is irrelevant. It’s the ingredients used in the formulation that matters.It is easy to be seduced by the marketing messages from cosmetic skin care companies, but that is all it is – seduction – it is not a meaningful relationship

The 3 Levels of Sensitive Skin

 Sensitive skin always has subjective connotations for each individual but there are also distinct objective factors that determine levels of sensitivity. Here is a sensitivity scale that will help you decide what you need to do to nurse your skin back to a healthier, stronger and more balanced state.
Determine what level of sensitive skin you have:

 1 (severe sensitivity)

Feels like: stinging, tightness, burning, itchy, immediately reactive.Looks like: red, inflamed, flakey, rosacea bumps or pustules.

2 (medium sensitivity)

Feels like: tingling, tightness, uncomfortable, reacts after a while.Looks like: red areas, irritated in some areas, dehydrated, blotchy, uneven tone, a few small rosacea bumps from time to time.

3 (mild sensitivity)

Feels like: tingling at times, tightness at times, sometimes uncomfortable, random reactiveness.Looks like: sometimes red, sometimes irritated, dehydrated patches, blotchy, uneven tone.

Subsequently, your goal becomes the strengthening of your skin’s barrier function…To achieve this, you will use a gentle (non stripping) cleanser, antioxidants and serums with truly soothing/calming ingredients, hydration gels to help the skin repair itself, a lipid based moisturizer (where needed) to increase barrier strength, and an inorganic (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) mineral-based sunscreen.

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You can also purchase online video consultations (via Skype) so that we can talk about your skin and your products. Thereafter we can better advise you as to what ingredients will or won’t work on your skin, as well as how to strengthen it and make it a whole lot less sensitive. Your skin stays with you for the rest of your life, you cannot buy a new one, so treat it properly.

Treat it sensitively.

Sensitive Skin Clinic is intelligent skin care that you and your skin deserve. 

8 BEST Things for Sensitive Skin

1.  Cool water. Red skin = irritated and unbalanced skin. Red skin = heat. So go ‘blue’ – that means cooling and soothing.  

2.  Cleanse once per day preferably at night, using cool water. Not in your hot steamy shower. Do not cleanse twice per day unless you are a teenage type 4 acne sufferer.  

3.  Use non detergent cleansers like plant based yucca, glycerin, or hydrophilic oil based (safflower/sunflower seed oil for example).
4.  Use soothing, anti-redness, anti-irritant ingredients like sea whip, lichocalcone from the licorice plant, green tea, aloe vera.
5.  Utilize skin barrier rebuilding lipids like squalane from olives, coconut and soy based lipids, phospholipids, ceramides, shea butter (a West African tree nut extract)
6.  Mineral sunscreens that only utilize the inorganic (non carbon based) active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are not likely to break down and irritate the skin like the organic (carbon based) active sunscreen ingredients of avobenzone (parsol 1789), octinoxate, octicrylene, PABA. etc. The latest technology of micronized zinc that is coated goes clear on skin. Titanium dioxide + iron oxides that include a slight tint results in no white sheen.
7.  Rinse off your shampoo and conditioner well. Shampoo + conditioner residue is usually bad for the skin. Try a baby shampoo with shea butter in it. Not the commercial baby shampoos - they’re just detergents in a baby formula.
8.  Eat a healthy diet – lots of organic fruit and vegetables. Mother natures provides masses of soothing/anti inflammatory antioxidants in all her fruit + vegetables. Aloe vera juice is very soothing for the digestive system. Junk food/fast food should be zero – it is not healthy and not part of a balanced diet and NOT good for the skin – especially not sensitive skin.
Your skin stays with you for the rest of your life, you cannot buy a new one, so treat it properly.
Treat it sensitively.
Sensitive Skin Clinic is intelligent skin care that you and your skin deserve. 

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12 WORST things for sensitive skin

 1. Hot or warm water,
2. Detergent cleansers (most drug store/department store/supermarket/online cleansers), acne/oily skin cleansers, and detergent shampoos. These are products that contain ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sulfonate, Succinate, Sulfoacetate, Sulfosuccinate, Betaine…. Squeaky cleanskin is a concept made up by marketers in large skin care and cosmetics companies – it has absolutely nothing to do with the true physiology of the skin, nor what is actually good for the skin.
3. Alcohol based products (SD alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denatured, ethanol, yellow corn alcohol, natural alcohol),
4. Vitamin A type products like prescription Retin-A (™) Differin (™), Renova (™), retinol, retinal, 
5. Skin lightening products with hydroquinone,
6. High % and low pH AHA's (glycolic's/lactic's) or BHA's (salicylic's),
7. Benzoyl peroxide and anti acne products,
8. Strong anti aging products and treatments like chemical or laser peels,
9. Tea Tree or astringent antibacterial products, astringent toners, irritating essential oils like menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, and all artificial fragrances,
10. Scrubs, rough face cloths or loofah's, brushes, microdermabrasion creams,
11. Bar of soap,
12. Junk food and fast food in all forms, processed food with GMO ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. Your body was made to eat natural food, not processed and manufactured junk. Don’t be seduced by the marketing hype and lies from the food industry.
Your skin stays with you for the rest of your life, you cannot buy a new one, so treat it properly. Treat it sensitively.
Sensitive Skin Clinic is intelligent skin care that you and your skin deserve. 

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