Here at OrganiQ we understand the many frustrations of sensitive skin.
It can sometimes feel like going into the best restaurant in the world when you’re allergic to half the items on the menu.
But this is why we do what we do. Create a destination where we can provide a product for ever concern, solution and skin type.
It is important to understand not just the benefits of particular ingredients, but also what to look out for as potential irritants and even toxins in your products.
But first: and what causes it?
It is important to be aware of what you are putting both in and on your body as reactions can be caused by both ingredients and particular foods and additives. This results in reactions such as redness, increased dryness, stinging, or acne breakouts.
Nevertheless sensitivity isn't a necessarily permanent condition. Having dry, dehydrated skin often means your skin is lacking in oil and water, which can be improved with proper moisturising.
Your outermost layer of skin protects you against pollution, bacteria, and the other particles we encounter in our day-to-day lives.
When your skin is dry it means the exterior moisture barrier isn’t working properly.
Small, invisible cracks in the skin occur and moisture can easily escape and irritants can enter more easily.”
This is one reason why you might discover your skin is redder and more sensitive in the winter. The cold, wind, and heating can all severely dehydrate your skin, leaving it more vulnerable to bacteria, pollution, and other irritants.
What to do if you’re having a reaction
1. First and foremost, determine as best you can what is causing the reaction and eliminate it from your routine.
2. Temporarily cease using products containing harsh ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids and retinol. Slowly integrate them back into your regimen as your skin returns to normal.
3. Austin, Texas-based esthetician Renee Rouleau suggests looking for serums and moisturisers that include the below ingredients, which “mimic the skin’s natural lipids so they do a great job at barrier repair”
• Borage oil
• Coconut Oil
• Carrot oil
• Evening primrose oil
• Cranberry oil
• Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
• Linoleic/Linolenic acids (this is not an exfoliating acid)
• Tocopheryl Linoleate (vitamin E)
• Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate (vitamin E)
• Tocopherol (vitamin E)
• Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)
• Shea butter
• Sweet almond oil
• Sesame seed oil
4. Ditch any products with a high pH, which can dramatically change the natural PH of your skin and cause irritation. Products that make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable likely have a high pH
Here are a few of our favourite products designed to treat sensitive skin all year round.
Pure Natural ingredients designed to soothe and nourish. Oils proven to balance skin sebum. Cleanse daily, remove makeup, use morning and night in replacement of a moisturiser. Also a replacement for shaving cream.
Rose is cool and soothing for all skin types, including mature and sensitive skin. This is a fragrant and refreshing tonic to use on the skin after cleansing or for a pick-me-up during the day. They help to refine open pores, minimise oiliness and ensure complete removal of cleansing products and make up.
A pure mineral formula designed for all skin types. Instantly fresher and renewed complexion. Cleansing and not drying.