While sensitive skin can be irritating, there are many viable solutions to help calm its symptoms. First, sensitive skin types must read labels and avoid all potentially irritating harsh ingredients in skincare products and cosmetics. This includes sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, PABA, artificial dyes and fragrances, alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum or petrolatum and synthetic chemicals. Artificial fragrances or detergents can weaken the skin’s barrier and cause more sensitivity, while certain active ingredients will be triggers as well.
A hands-off approach is mandatory with sensitive skin; excessive skin manipulation or abrasive treatments like lasers or harsh chemical peels can easily aggravate it.
Those with sensitive skin must choose products that contain ingredients that calm, soothe, heal, reduce redness and moisturize. Calming, soothing ingredients like allantoin, azulene, bisabolol, chamomile, calendula, linden, panthenol, propolis and French rose are ideal to control sensitive skin. Healing ingredients like aloe, chamomile, bisabolol, panthenol, propolis and French rose help repair sensitive skin. Aloe, horse chestnut and propolis reduce redness, vasodilation and the discomfort felt with sensitive skin. Safflower oil, linden, panthenol and aloe deeply hydrate and moisturize, which make them imperative to help maintain a healthy skin barrier.
Which products to trust? To control sensitivity, it is imperative to start with a light, creamy, sulfate-free cleanser. As part of the recommended daily regimen, the Sensitive Skin Cleanser contains hydrating safflower oil and calming chamomile, calendula, linden and horse chestnut, which work together to control redness and irritation.
Follow with an alcohol-free toner to remove hard water that contains impurities and chemicals like chlorine, which irritate sensitive skin. The Sensitive Skin Lotion is an alcohol-free toner that completes the cleanse and prepares the skin for the next step in your regimen. It soothes and hydrates to calm sensitive skin, and as a bonus, can be used to set mineral makeup or spritzed any time of day, even after shaving, to relieve irritation.
To intensively treat sensitive skin, the Soothing Propolis Concentrate is a highly concentrated serum that is rich in propolis, which heals as well as vasoconstricts to quickly reduce redness and sensitivity. It also contains lavender to further calm and heal.
To seal the most popular regimen for sensitive skin, the Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream protects the skin from the environment and acts as a barrier repair. This moisturizer contains safflower seed to hydrate and nourish depleted sensitive skin, while propolis, panthenol, bisabolol, allantoin and aloe vera heal, soothe, repair, moisturize and cool irritation.
To suppress stubborn sensitivity, schedule a calming Pevonia facial with a Pevonia® provider. When combined with the daily at-home regimen, the Plantomer® Treatment or Oxy-Vital Facial will provide sensitive skin sufferers something to smile about.