Dealing with Sensitive Skin
Have you ever had an itchy nose? You know the kind – the pesky itch that just won’t be ignored. The one that waits until you’ve got your fingers stretched around four take-out coffees with a fifth one squeezed between the two bunches, it’s lid slightly askew and threatening to pop off.
Well, if you’ve ever been in this unfortunate situation, or experienced something similar, you’ll know the powerful hold itchy, irritated skin can have on your mental state.
For those of us with sensitive skin, things get much, much worse. Forget the tiny inconvenient itch on the tip of your nose. When it comes to sensitive skin, we’re talking major itchiness, tightness, dryness and irritation. Oh, and just in case no one noticed you wriggling around trying to satisfy the itch, sensitive skin also manifests in redness and blotchiness that’s hard to conceal.
Fortunately, there is good news for sufferers of sensitive skin. Environ Skin Care products are specifically designed to relieve the symptoms of skin sensitivity and restore the natural balance required for a healthy, happy skin.
In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at what skin sensitivity is, and why Environ products are able to treat sensitive skin so effectively.
We’ll also share skin care tips for people with sensitive skin, look at some common sensitivities and how to treat them, and explore ways to protect your skin from harm with Environ Sun Care products.
What Is Sensitive Skin?
Take a stroll down the cosmetics aisle at your local supermarket, and you’ll find a remarkable number of products that claim to be ‘suitable for sensitive skin’. But what exactly is sensitive skin and how does it differ from healthy skin?
The short answer is that sensitive skin reacts when healthy skin does not. As a result, people with sensitive skin suffer from skin irritations including itching, dryness, tightness, rash, redness, blotchiness, bumps, scaliness, blisters, swelling, burning, and tenderness.
Sensitive skin is not a single disorder. It includes several different skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, hives, and photodermatoses (a severe reaction to UV light). There are many different causes of sensitive skin, including dehydration, allergies, and environmental factors.
What Is The Skin Barrier?
Healthy skin is covered by a protective layer that prevents harmful agents and irritants from penetrating deeper into the skin, and there’s a very good reason for that…
To fully understand the importance of this protective skin barrier, let’s take a moment to truly appreciate what our skin does for us on a daily basis.
As the largest organ in the human body, skin does a lot more than just cover our bones and tissues. It is an extremely complex structure that not only repairs itself when breached, but also protects us from external threats, including heat, cold, pressure, pain, and invasion by foreign bodies, parasites, bacteria, and fungi.
In the line of duty, skin is exposed to a host of environmental stressors every day. These include UV-rays, dust, pollution, free radicals (which are ionised particles in the atmosphere), sanitising lotions, soaps, household cleaning products, cosmetics, food, and drinks.
In healthy skin, the skin barrier locks in moisture and prevents these stressors from sinking into the skin. In many cases, skin sensitivities develop when this protective layer is damaged, allowing substances to penetrate the skin where they wreak havoc.
Skin Care For Sensitive Skin
Even when skin is strong, healthy, and performing at its best, maintaining a look of clean beauty requires a good skin care routine that includes high-quality skin care products, which fight the signs of ageing and keep skin smooth, supple, healthy and youthful.
Sensitive skin is more delicate and prone to breakouts, rashes, itching and dryness, making it even more important to follow a daily skin care routine using high-quality, hypoallergenic products.
If you’re one of the many people suffering from skin sensitivity, you’ll love Environ’s Skin Care products. Each product is specially formulated to gently and safely restore your skin barrier, reduce the symptoms of sensitivity, and replenish your natural radiance.
How To Repair Your Skin Barrier
Research indicates that the best way to repair your skin barrier and protect sensitive skin is to slowly and gradually increase the application of topical vitamin A and antioxidants.
Based on these findings, Environ specifically used vitamin A and selected antioxidants as key ingredients in Environ Skin EssentiA range and Environ Sun Care products. The result? A skin care product range that repairs, protects and strengthens sensitive skin.
What Is Vitamin A & What Does It Do For Sensitive Skin?
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that plays a crucial role in skin health. It is the only molecule that has been proven to assist in cellular reprogramming, promoting skin health and strengthening sensitive skin. Vitamin A is vital for rebuilding and maintaining a strong skin barrier to protect sensitive skin from irritants.
In the Environ Skin EssentiA range, vitamin A is combined with other essential nutrients (including antioxidants and peptides) to produce the Environ A+ Complex that enhances the properties of vitamin A, resulting in visibly healthy, beautiful skin.
For more on vitamin A and the role it plays in skin care, take a look at our Beginners Guide to Environ Skin EssentiA: The skin care Benefits of Vitamin A.
What Are The Benefits Of Environ Products For Sensitive Skin?
With regular use, Environ skin care products offer a host of benefits to people with sensitive skin. Here are just a few of them.
1. Restoring the skin barrier to protect sensitive skin
The powerful vitamin A complex found in Environ Skin EssentiA products, strengthens sensitive skin, restores the skin barrier, and ensures that skin is protected against harmful environmental agents that cause sensitivity and irritation.
2. Combating the effects of vitamin A deficiency
Skin sensitivity, pigmentation, liver spots, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, sun damage, and skin cancer have been linked to vitamin A deficiency. And, since sun exposure is a leading cause of vitamin A deficiency, it is particularly prevalent in sunny countries like Australia.
As a result, Aussie skins need a little help when it comes to maintaining healthy levels of vitamin A. The Environ Skin EssentiA skin care range is carefully formulated to replenish lost vitamin A and restore balance to your skin.
3. Reducing outbreaks, irritation & inflamation
By replenishing vitamin A levels within the skin, Environ Skin EssentiA skin care products also reduce outbreaks, rashes, redness, inflammation, and irritation in sensitive skin.
With consistent use of the Environ Skin EssentiA range over 3–6 months, you’ll notice visible changes to your skin structure, resulting in visibly healthy, beautiful skin.
4. Reducing redness, rosacea & erythema
If you suffer from skin redness, rosacea and/or erythema, you’ll know exactly how damaging the wrong skin care products, aggressive exfoliants, and excessive sun exposure can be to your skin.
Fortunately, the gentle action of the Environ Skin EssentiA range makes it easy to reduce redness and blotchiness and restore your skin’s natural radiance. For optimal results without irritation, simply follow the Environ Skin EssentiA Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM to gently introduce vitamin A to your skin.
5. Protecting sensitive skin from UV-rays
Add the finishing touch to your skin care regime with Environ Sun Care products. They are specially formulated to be gentle on skin while ensuring that you’re protected from harmful UV-rays.
Environ Alpha Day Lotion provides a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15. This soothing suncream contains lactic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin. It serves as a moisturiser, replenishes the skin’s natural acidity, and helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. The lotion combines physical and chemical sunscreens to provide broad protection against UV-A and UV-B rays.
The Best Skin Care Products For Sensitive Skin
Here are a few of our favourite Environ skin care products that are great for treating sensitive skin.
This mostly plant-derived oil gently and effectively cleans by helping to remove excess oils and makeup from the skin. It moisturises and hydrates skin and helps to prevent the stripping of natural oils from the skin surface. It also acts as a solvent for excessive sebum that may cause clogging, thus reducing the signs of congestion.
This moisturising cleanser gently lifts impurities from the skin while maintaining the natural waterproof skin barrier. It helps keep skin looking supple and hydrated by preserving the skin’s natural moisture levels. Refresh your skin’s appearance and enjoy a soft, velvety after-feel.
This gentle toner balances, soothes, and moisturises. With antioxidants to combat free radical activity, it improves uneven skin tone and prepares the skin to absorb the active ingredients in next-applied products. It also restores the skin’s natural pH balance and maintains the integrity of the skin protection barrier.
This soothing gel provides essential nutrients to calm and revitalise depleted or sensitised skin. This fragrance-free gel is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants. Perfect for burns, sensitive skin or skin reactions, it has a cooling and moisturising effect and leaves the skin feeling protected and looking healthier.
This moisture-infusing gel is perfect for sensitive skin as it contains low concentrations of vitamin A in its gentlest form (retinyl palmate) as well as a rich blend of vitamins C, E, B5, and beta carotene that stops irritation in its tracks. It’s been shown to reduce eczema by 85%, leaving skin radiant, calm and fresh.
- Environ RAD SPF 15 contains sun filters and reflectors that provide SPF 15 sun protection. This rich formula combines antioxidants, titanium dioxide, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E which help to fight free radicals. It is suitable for all skin types and all ages, including babies older than 6 months.