The facts about Sensitive Skin

At Simple® we believe that all skin can be sensitive. With everything our skin has to tolerate – the weather, air conditioning, stress, pollution and more, it’s no surprise it sometimes gets a little irritated. When we talk about sensitive skin, we aren’t talking about a skin type; we’re talking about all skin. It’s just how skin naturally is. And that’s no bad thing. Our skin is a living organ and it’s designed to tell us when something isn’t right. Blemishes, dryness, tightness, breakouts, redness; these are all signs that your skin is sensitive. At Simple®, we understand how skin works. We appreciate what it goes through every day and are considerate about what skin needs (and what it does not). Simple® is born to be kind.

The Structure of Skin Read more

Skin is amazing! Did you know it is the largest organ of your body and the only one you can see! Your skin is made up essentially 3 layers:
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The Structure of Skin

1. The Stratum Corneum – or ‘the barrier’ as we call it.
2. The Epidermis – we like to call this the ‘middle layer’
3. The Dermis – the ‘bottom layer’

What is Sensitive Skin? Read more

Have you ever experienced slight red patches on your skin, areas of dryness or blemishes? Maybe even itchy skin, a tingle, tightness or a stinging sensation? These are all signs of skin sensitivity.
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What is Sensitive Skin?

At Simple, we believe that all skin is sensitive skin from time to time. Sensitive skin is not a skin type which is restricted to a few people, we can all experience sensitive skin occasions, sometimes when we least expect it.   After all, our skin has to tolerate a lot – the weather, air conditioning, stress, pollution to name just few. Its inevitable that with all this, your skin might seem to have a mind of its own and become upset from time to time.

The impact of PH Balance on your skin Read more

At the surface of your skin the pH is 5.5, this is slightly acidic. This is because the best pH to maintain your barrier, in particular the cement, is pH 5.5.
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The impact of PH Balance on your skin

Your barrier can cope with changes in pH at the surface but regular or big changes in pH can cause the cement to weaken, or not form properly and will impact its effectiveness at keeping irritants out and therefore can result in you experiencing sensitive skin.

How hormones and stress impact your skin Read more

Just like every other part of your body, hormones will reach your skin. They are brought to your skin by the tiny blood vessels in the lower layer we described earlier.
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How hormones and stress impact your skin

It is vital for the skin to have these hormones as they are needed to keep it healthy. It is the job of hormones to tell every cell in your body what it should be doing. Most of the time the hormones message for you skin is the same – “just keep doing today what you were doing yesterday” – just as it is for much of the rest of your body. However, there are times when there are sudden and dramatic changes in your hormones, particularly for women and teenagers.

How your skin can react to harsh chemicals and irritants Read more

Your skin will react in different ways to harsh chemicals and other irritants. You feel and see this reaction in different ways; itch, sting, tightness, redness, blotches and breakouts.
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How your skin can react to harsh chemicals and irritants

These are the symptoms of sensitive skin.
All the sensations you feel through your skin are detected by the skins cells. One group of cells that does this are your nerves. Our research has shown that nerve endings sit right underneath the Barrier at the very top of the living layers of the skin. These detect everything that comes in contact with your skin, from the temperature of the air to the texture of your clothes.
The nerve endings that detect temperature and touch are working all the time.

The cold weather and your skin Read more

Cold, dry weather can damage the Barrier, just like it can damage the surface of walls. This is why your skin can be more sensitive in winter.
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The cold weather and your skin

Also, too much or too harsh a cleanser, or being to rigorous with your exfoliator will remove too many of the Barriers dead skin cells and cause a crack, allowing irritants to get through.

What causes Skin Sensitivity? Read more

If you have sensitive skin, you will know it gets irritated easily. It may react to ingredients found in some skincare products, to stress or to your environment.
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What causes Skin Sensitivity?

Not ideal when you want to look and feel your best - but don’t worry, with the right products and right routine you can actually reduce the sensitivity of your skin. It’s possible to break the reasons for skin sensitivity down into distinct groups. Some of them may surprise you.

Can age effect skin sensitivity? Read more

The good news is that skin generally becomes less sensitive with age but research suggests that we can be sensitive to different things throughout our lives.
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Can age effect skin sensitivity?

For example younger people are more likely to say stress causes skin sensitivity while cold weather affects those of us mid-life. Hot weather and rough fabrics can aggravate older skin. Needless to say, hormonal changes can affect all of us, regardless of age!

Skin type, ethnicity and skin sensitivity Read more

Skin sensitivity can vary between different skin types and ethnicities but it can affect all of us. There is a difference in what triggers skin to become sensitive and how skin reacts or feels can be different.
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Skin type, ethnicity and skin sensitivity

Caucasian skin tends to have more visual symptoms and can be more sensitive to changes in climate such as wind, Asian skin is more likely to react to certain foods such as spicy foods whereas black skin is less sensitive to UV light because it contains more melanin.

Men and sensitive skin Read more

Men can experience sensitive skin, especially as it’s subject to daily shaving. Men are also less likely to follow a daily cleanse, tone and moisturise regime leaving skin not only sore but vulnerable to dehydration too.
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Men and sensitive skin

To reduce the impact of shaving, shave after a shower so that the warm water  cleanses the pores and hair follicles making it easier to remove the hair – it’s less abrasive! Always follow with a shave balm or moisturiser to replace lost moisture.

Sensitive skin terminology Read more

Some of the terminology used when talking about sensitive skin, products and ingredients can be very confusing. Here is some Simple Skin-Terminology to help you make sense of sensitive skin.
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Sensitive skin terminology

Dermis - The dermis is a layer of skin below the epidermis and consists of connective tissue and cushions the body from stress and strain.

Sensitivity – this is a result of a reaction to something.

Our Top Tips for Sensitive Skin Read more

So now you know what can cause sensitive skin, but how can you decrease the sensitivity and improve the look and feel of your skin? With 50 years of knowledge and expertise here are our top tips to help you with your sensitive skin.
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Our Top Tips for Sensitive Skin

There are many things in day to day life with can trigger sensitivity. Combat them head on to decrease the risk of sensitivity to your skin

Choose the right products
Avoid choosing products with harsh, chemicals and irritants in them. These  can be triggers for sensitive skin and using gentler products can be a big benefit.

Reduce the sensitivity of your skin Read more

Did you know that following the right regular skin care routine can help minimise the sensitivity of your skin by improving and preserving your skin’s natural barrier?
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Reduce the sensitivity of your skin barrier and keep it in great condition

If you’re prone to sensitivity and irritation, it’s even more important to treat your skin with care. Throughout your routine treat the areas where you feel particular sensitivity with even more gentleness, as being tough on your skin can trigger sensitivity and make it worse. When drying your skin, gently pat your skin dry instead of wiping it. The texture of the towel together with the force of wiping your skin can cause unnecessary irritation.

Simple’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Tips Read more

Creating a captivating eye make-up look is always fun, whether you’re going for bold and bright shades or something subtle. But at the end of the day, the thought of removing the makeup can be discouraging – that’s where we come in,... Read more
Creating a captivating eye make-up look is always fun, whether you’re going for bold and bright shades or something subtle. But at the end of the day, the thought of removing the makeup can be discouraging – that’s where we come in, read our easy to follow eye makeup remover tips!
The facts about sensitive skin
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