Seasonal changes, beauty products, stress – these are just some of the factors that can affect sensitive skin and cause flare ups. But what is skin sensitivity and what’s the best way to give sensitive skin some much-needed TLC? Read on!
What is skin sensitivity?
Skin ‘sensitivity’ has become a catch-all term for three distinct types of skin problems; rosacea, contact dermatitis and skin that burns and stings. The common link is inflammation, which is often worsened by chemicals.
What causes sensitive skin?
With skin sensitivity increasingly on the rise, it can be incredibly difficult to narrow down exact causes. Our skin is exposed to stressors such as seasonal change, environmental damage and pollution, and an ever-growing list of potential skin irritants including fragrances, allergies, stress and hormones.
How does sensitivity affect my skin?
Sensitive skin can age more quickly because it contains highly reactive nerve fibres, which weakens its ability to retain moisture and deal effectively with irritants. As the years go by, this damages collagen and elastin fibres, which are the skin’s support proteins that give it structure and elasticity. Research shows that sensitive skin sufferers can develop wrinkles up to three years earlier than people who don’t suffer sensitivity, and firmness can also start to diminish after 10 years or sooner.
For those with sensitive skin, it’s important to use skincare that not only soothes sensitivity but also works to strengthen the weakened skin barrier, for added protection against premature ageing caused by environmental and pollution damage.
Trilogy Sensitive Skincare
Newly reformulated Trilogy Sensitive includes a carefully selected delicate blend of potent pure plant oils and botanical extracts to reduce inflammation, while working to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and increase its protection against modern day irritants.
With antioxidant-rich maqui berry, soothing botanical complex SyriCalm® and Omega-7-rich sea buckthorn, Trilogy Sensitive is certified natural, fragrance free and dermatologically tested gentle skincare that brings peace and comfort to even the most fragile, intolerant and easily irritated complexions. Your skin will love you for it.
What’s the best way to care for sensitive skin?
Highly reactive skin needs a different regime to help provide relief, and reduce redness and inflammation. During times of stress, it’s important to pare back your regime to take care of immediate irritation first and then carefully fortify the skin by adding nutrients and protection. We recommend following Trilogy Sensitive Skin Pyramid:
1. SOS RESCUE – for red, sore, and irritated skin
Very Gentle Calming Serum is our SOS first point of defence rescue serum. Use at the very first signs of irritation for immediate peace and comfort. Formulated to be used during discomfort anywhere and anytime, and help provide ongoing relief.
2. CLEANSE AND PROTECT
Adding a specially formulated cleanser and moisturiser to a sensitive regime is important, as it helps combat dryness which irritates sensitivity, and helps to build up a resistance to external aggressors.
Very Gentle Cleansing Cream delicately cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils, removing all traces of impurities, including make-up.
Very Gentle Moisturising Cream gently hydrates reactive skin to help seal in moisture and soothe and protect the weakened skin barrier from free radical damage.
3. NOURISH & REPAIR
Including treatment products in your routine helps to nourish, fortify and soothe skin in need of extra TLC, and helps target areas that can be otherwise overlooked.
Very Gentle Restoring Oil is our gentlest certified organic beauty oil. 2-3 drops are all you’ll need to help repair and protect skin and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Very Gentle Eye Cream will soothe the delicate eye area by cooling and smoothing.
Very Gentle Hydra-Mask treats skin to a much-needed hydration boost. Its rich and nourishing formula helps to strengthen the skin against the rigours of the environment and ease tightness.
Adding these gentle treatment products will complete a full regime that will work hard to calm and protect highly reactive skin, while helping to fight the signs of ageing at a cellular level.
**This is a blog post by Trilogy New Zealand