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Calming solutions to strengthen and soothe

Published: Mon November 23, 2015
Categories: The Myth Minx

What is happening when you are experiencing red, irritated or sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is extremely common, with up to 50 – 90% of the population experiencing skin sensitivity at some point in their lives. 
Those suffering tend to be more reactive to everyday agents, resulting in redness, stinging and irritation of the skin.

In many cases the skin can become sensitised due to an impaired barrier function. This means that the skin has lost its protective layer of oils and lipids allowing unwanted agents to penetrate into the skin, causing irritation. 
Additionally, the loss of the protective layer over the skin also allows for water to be lost out of the skin, resulting in skin dryness.

A small percentage may experience sensitivity due to genetic and immune factors and are usually allergy prone. In this situation the skin is likely to trigger an inflammatory response when exposed to certain agents.
For these people a simple approach to skin care is ideal.   

To reduce sensitivity the skin needs to be strengthened and protected. This will ensure that the skin integrity can gradually be rebuilt.

Possible causes and contributing factors for sensitive skin

  • Physical damage to the skins natural barrier (eg. over exfoliating or using harsh body products on the face - yes we are referring to that exfoliating mitt) 
  • Climate (air conditioning, extreme changes in climate, flying)
  • Pollution
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Illnesses and immunity
  • Diet (low in essential fatty acids and high in processed foods)
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Overdoing caffeinated beverages, particularly coffee

Lifestyle Tips

  • Avoid abrasive exfoliating products
  • Avoid soaps and harsh cleansers that can strip the skins natural barrier
  • Less is best – keep your homecare regime simple
  • Eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids to help combat inflammation 
  • (eg. avocado, olive oil, salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds)
  • Exercise regularly to encourage efficient blood flow and nutrient supply to your skin
  • Avoid inflammatory foods such as high sugar foods, white refined breads and pastries, fried foods and  processed meat
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Be wary of hot or spicy food that can be an aggravator 

Calming Solutions at home

To strengthen and rebalance sensitive or reactive skin, a results-driven homecare regime involving 5 steps is beneficial.
This can work to gently comfort and soothe delicate skin, whilst working to restore strength and clarity.

You can create your skins perfect match with your own special 5 a-day programme from Skinstitut, with this programme you can cover your skincare routine with the 5 simple steps to ensure smooth skin. 

Discover your unique 5 a-day Programme by visiting: Here you can follow the 5 steps of product selection and tailor by selecting the suitable intensity level for your skin and create your own personalised 5 a-day programme for Calming.

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