It’s okay to be sensitive, but not when it comes to your skin. Sensitivity can be a huge stumbling block on your journey to perfect skin. It can damage your skin more quickly, can make it responsive to factors outside of your control, and can quickly turn beautiful and clear skin into a red, blotchy mess.
These are the three major causes of sensitive skin and what you can do to put an end to it today.
Is it getting hot in here? The effects of scorching sun exposure and artificial cooling systems (Air-Conditioning) can act as a major root cause for many different skin problems. This can include itchy, cracked, red, peeling, and general acne - all the sorts of things we want to avoid.
That means that while we can’t always control the weather or environment we're in, we can be prepared by using products suited specifically for those situations. This can be as simple as protecting your face with some good sunscreen, or using a moisturizing facial mist that can help restore the moisture on your skin.
Even if you’re in a situation where you would normally get dry skin, containing and replenishing your skin’s moisture will help fight the effects of everything from the sun to your air conditioning unit. You might not be able to beat the heat, but you can shield your skin.
🌰 In a nutshell - Mist, Mist, Mist to stay in balance
The goal is to quickly regain equilibrium from what extreme temperatures can do to your skin, especially if your skin is already sensitivity.
- If in the office a.k.a freezer, and feeling like the air is sucking the moisture out of your skin like how the deathly hallows inhaled Harry Potter's soul, mist whenever your skin starts to feel dry to replenish moisture.
- If exposed to the sun for long period of time, make sure to wear a sunscreen to protect your skin from photoaging. Because high temperatures increases sebum production which causes more irregularities for your sensitive skin, mist your skin for an instant cool-off quickly.
One particularly economical, yet insanely reliable Mist is Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner that contains over 90% Japonica Root Extract, a Korean Medicine known to clinically cool off the skin from Sun's ruthless heat, as well as moisturise your skin whether you have makeup on or not.
Pick one up. Spritz to stay in balance. 100ml for portability. 200ml for home use.
Irritating Skincare Ingredients
Playing detective when it comes to your skincare is so important. That’s why you should always read the label! Just because a product says it can cure everything wrong with your skin, does not make it a miracle product or the solution to all of your problems.
In fact, ingredients can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Whenever you’re reaching for a new product, watch out for these 3 problematic ingredients (first):
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
If your label has any one of these, kick it into the curb! If everything else you’re reading sounds like herbs and extracts, it can be safe to toss into your cart.
If you aren’t sure about what you’re reading, search whatever unpronounceable term you’ve stumbled upon into Google. Search it, alongside the term “EWG,” and you’ll be given what is known as a hazardous score. This will basically tell you how safe an ingredient is, and we recommend staying away from anything that scores higher than 3.
Overall, try to use simple, fragrance-free products with no alcohol or harsh additives. Also, you should try to avoid harsh exfoliating products, and stick to ones that are gentler.
💡 An uncommon but golden advice when choosing skincare products when you have sensitive skin is to go for those with LESS ingredients. The longer the ingredient list, the higher the percentage that 1 ingredient is potentially irritating to your skin EVEN IF they are all natural extracts.
🌰 In a nutshell - Steer clear of anything irritating
- Check ingredient list - Avoid: alcohol, fragrance, parabens, sodium laureth sulfates
- When unsure of unpronounceable chemical names - Google search: "weird chemical name" + "EWG" - Stay away from ingredients with a hazardous score higher than a 3
- If your skin is not improving, the product is redundant and should not be used. Period.
- Choose products with shorter ingredient lists
Lack of Hydration
Haven’t you heard how important it is to drink 8 glasses of water a day? Staying hydrated is important for just about every part of your body, and that definitely includes your skin.
In our day to day life, so much of what we do dries our skin out. When you stay hydrated, you’re playing a small but important role in replenishing your skin’s moisture from within which contributes to filling the tiny, invisible cracks within the skin that microscopic environmental pollutants easily invade when moisture level and barrier are weak.
Birch Juice Hydro Essence Skin is one helpful addition to your routine. It’s made of 78% birch sap, to restore sustainable hydration. Combined with regular intake of water, throughout the day (morning, noon, and night), you’ll immediately notice a dramatic difference of plumper. surprisingly youthful skin that's less prone to be irritated by external irritants - and you’re also going to sleep better, feel better, and have more energy throughout the day (all pretty good bonuses).
🌰 In a nutshell - Dryness contributes to sensitivity
Easy ways to incorporate more water:
- Replace sweet drinks with water when having meals
- Make it a habit to drink 250ml of water after brushing your teeth in the morning
- Carry along a water bottle in your bag and drink it up by the end of the day! (just like mama told you to)
If you stay away from unhelpful/irritating skincare products, keep your skin in balance throughout the day and provide lasting hydration to your skin - you'll be a huge leap closer to regaining a normal skin type that doesn't flare up by the slightest touch.
p/s: we highly recommend Pyunkang Yul products for sensitive skin. They contain the most minimal ingredients possible for maximum efficacy and are filled with healing, purposeful Korean Medicinal Herbs with the goal of balancing skin health.
To better skin health,
Alex, Writer @ Evening Island