The facts about Sensitive Skin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.