Through the eyes of functional medicine optics, an impaired skin barrier, digestive health, diet, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and underlying health conditions and medications can all contribute to the sensitive skin condition.
Sensitive skin conditions commonly have internal factors that exacerbate the condition and should be addressed along with strengthening the skin barrier and function of the skin’s biome and skin matrix and reducing transepidermal water loss.
Your skin faces a number of damaging forces on a daily basis from UV rays to free radicals that cause premature signs of aging and photodamage.
Let’s take a quick skim on the root of sensitive skin.
Turn inward and ask your dermal spirit - have you experience one or more of the following on a regular basis?
- Burning, tingling, or tightening, particularly after using skin care or makeup products.
- Redness and rashes after exposure to cosmetic or household products.
- Redness, rashes, acne, and other reactions after shaving.
- Burning, dryness, or redness after exposure to cold and windy weather.
- Acne and other skin problems in reaction to stress.
- Regular skin irritation, dryness, flaking, and redness for unknown reasons.
- Skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
At Evoq, we know every maven needs a regular, hard working cleanser that is soothing - to the touch. This gentle and scent-free all-star bubbly serves every skin type and all ages. It’s also a key player for those “over sensitive” types. Ya know… your other girlfriend, right? Not you! Or maybe?
Give your skin (of all types) a little TLC through these 8 natural lifestyle tips and remedies.
- COOL DOWN THE HOT WATER
It strips the skin of its natural oils, promoting dryness. Use lukewarm water most all the time.
- ALL IN THE TIMING
Standing in the shower for long periods of time may strip your skin of its natural moisture. Always apply toner and a serum, oil or moisturizer immediately after getting out.
- NO TO SOAP
Many soaps are drying, especially castille. Best way to cleanse is 1. Gently remove makeup and residue with our Nourish Milk Cleanser and then a double cleans with our Gentle Cleanser.
- FIRST THINGS FIRST : PROTECT
The sun’s UV damage is the number-one cause of skin aging. It can also exacerbate inflammation and redness. Protect with hats, sunglasses, and a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide.
- WITH GREAT CARE
Sensitive skin needs more tender care. Avoid harsh acids, brushes, and loofahs and clean and treat gently, using only non-irritating products.
- AVOID CHEMICALS AT ALL COSTS
Read the labels on your skin care and other personal care products, avoiding harsh chemicals, and also pay attention to your laundry products. Many can irritate skin because of harsh surfactants.
- AVOID FRAGRANCES - AND THEIR TRICKY NAMES
Even terms like “natural fragrance” can be far from the truth - and a tactic of hiding. Scents are irritating to skin, and many have been linked with causing or exacerbating dermatitis and allergic skin reactions. Our Gentle Cleanser is also void of essential oils.
- ONE BY ONE - PRODUCT REDUCTION
Look at how many products you’re putting on your skin each day. If it’s more than four, consider cutting back. Simplify and be conscious of each product and how your skin talks while it’s on. Less is more when helping your skin recover.