There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you consider yourself to have sensitive skin. But what does ‘sensitive’ really mean?
Well, that’s the problem. No one really knows. And there’s reason to believe that there aren’t nearly as many cases of sensitive skin as we believe. What then, is causing whatever it is that’s got your skin up in a tizz, and when is skin actually sensitive? Let’s find out.
TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY SENSITIVE.
Skin is sensitive when there’s an underlying condition that’s affecting its ability to do its job properly. Things like rosacea, eczema are good examples. Your skin can also be temporarily sensitive to medication, or to a given allergy. If you’ve got perma-redness, flaky patches, and other things like that, the best thing to do is book an appointment with a dermatologist. It might be a bit of an upfront investment, but it’ll be worth it to know once and for all, right? Think of all the money you’ll save on trial-by-error judgements.
NOT TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY SENSITIVE.
Babe, maybe your skin’s just going through a little adjustment period. As we age, and as we go through seasonal weather changes, our skin changes. Your skin might be drier or produce more oil, and that might mess with the efficacy of your routine, which in turn, signals to you that your skin is sensitive. What your skin really needs here is a reassessment.
Ask yourself, ‘Is this moisturiser still working for me, or do I need something heavier? Do I need to switch up my milk cleanser for one that’s gonna do better with all this extra oil?’ Take time learning what your skin’s new needs are, and keep watch for more changes in future, checking at least every few months.
Then, it could also be a reaction. Call this a kind of temporary sensitivity. It might be that something you’ve added to your skincare lineup lately didn’t sit well with your skin, so it interrupts your skin’s barrier, making it more prone to irritation. That doesn’t mean your skin is sensitive, it just means it’s sensitive to a product. Strip your routine to bare basics, and where ingredients are concerned, the fewer and simpler, the better. Then slowly add ingredients back in while you monitor your skin’s response. Also, dropping a little shameless plug here, M&Y only uses the best, crazy-simple ingredients to make our products, available online.
That’s that, babes. Who wouldda guessed, it? Let us know what you thought of the post in the comments below - we love hearing from you.
Your Beauty BFF,