Sensitivity is an issue that literally knows no bounds: it discriminates not by skin type, condition, or age, nor does it take into account any delightful impending events in your social calendar! Sensitive skin tends to arrive like an unwanted relative, at a moment’s notice, without so much as a second glance, and skin that was magnificently resilient for years beforehand can find itself befalling sensitivities. In the simplest of terms, sensitivity is an irritation (external), or an inflammation (internal) of the skin.
The skin’s dermis grows weaker, and its barrier function consequently becomes compromised, allowing sensitivity triggers to burrow deeper within the skin. Due to the diminished barrier function, the skin finds it tougher to inhibit moisture from escaping, causing dehydration. Every so often, I find my skin erring towards sensitive, and thank to a lot of testing, trying, and experimentation, I finally have my sensitive skin paraphernalia figured out!
La Roche Posay (and French skincare brands in general) really seems to have sensitive skin figured out to an absolute T. The ranges are extensive, and take into account all skin conditions and types, in conjunction with and sensitivity issues. Their Toleriane Fluid is my go-to for soothing comfort – in fact, it is described as a “soothing protective non-oily emulsion” and to be fair, that is a very accurate description. Definitely more of a lotion texture, this is lightweight and cooling on contact with the skin, and takes down any visible signs of sensitivity within a few moments, whilst also delivering the right amount of moisture. The non-oily element also makes it a fantastic base for make-up.
Serum-wise, I tend to lean towards Botanics Skin Relief Serum Ultra Calm: slightly thicker than the La Roche Posay, but still ever so lightweight, this is calmness in a bottle. Again, this has a cooling element on contact with the skin, and seems to cocoon it in a softness that relaxes the sensitivities – apparently due to the marshmallow extract. This, again, leaves the skin non-greasy and supple.
In terms of oils, experimentation has led me to the Nude Pro Genius Oil. Now, to be fair, this is an oil that I can use whether my skin is being sensitive or not, but the Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 seem to just know what to do for sensitive skin in particular. The ultimate treat for when skin isn’t quite playing ball, I layer this on before bedtime, and wake up to skin that is refreshed, plumped, and less stressed-looking.
Lastly, a lovely, soft moisturiser – the Vichy Aqualia Thermal: as gentle as water on the skin, and just provides the right amount of weight to lock in all the previous products and goodness into the skin.
I hope you found this useful,
A big thank you to Ani from 'and laugh at guilded butterflies' for her guest blog post on how she manages her sensitive / sensitised skin. Make sure you check out her blog. If you're new to blogging and would be interested in being featured, please email me at email@example.com - Andy