This one’s for all our friends and family who struggle with more sensitive skin types.
We feel you! It’s not easy to deal with skin that’s sensitive to most products on the market that include chemicals and irritants. In fact, it’s one of the key reasons that we started doing what we’re doing with natural skincare. Even those with normal skin have faced problems when it comes to the chemicals and additives in many skincare products on the market today.
Whilst it can be tough to find skincare ingredients that can be used on sensitive skin, it’s not impossible. Believe it or not, there are some great alternatives available for those who find their skin irritated by chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
This week we’re taking a look at what sensitive skin entails, and why we’ve chosen the ingredients in this article as our top picks when it comes to ingredients for sensitive skincare. Whilst we most certainly love Hemp Seed Oil, these are some of the other highly effective ingredients that can benefit the skin.
Despite the label, sensitive skin is not a diagnosable medical condition. Rather, it’s a blanket term for skin types that tend to have irregular reactions to different factors in day-to-day life. Some examples of these factors are contact with chemicals, dyes, fragrances, or oils. Clothing and friction may even trigger an adverse reaction! And whilst sensitive skin isn’t a condition in itself, it’s often a sign that something like eczema, psoriasis, or a form of dermatitis may be underlying. However, it can also simply be the natural state of your skin.
There are many triggers for sensitive skin, and a range of different ways the symptoms may be displayed. Symptoms often include
Rosehip oil is one of our top picks for natural skincare ingredients for sensitive skin types. It is not known to irritate sensitive skin, and is loaded with antioxidants that may prevent damage from free radicals. This oil is tolerable by all skin types, too, so we also use it in our other skincare products! Besides being a diversely applicable essential oil, it’s packed with Vitamin C and has a comedogenic rating of 1. The lower the comedogenic rating, the less likelihood that pores will be clogged when applied. So whilst moisturising your sensitive skin, it also may help treat acne and scarring.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is also high in antioxidants, which may assist in preventing damage from free radicals. It’s also speculated to help stimulate skin regeneration and reduce inflammation for those who experience redness or irritation. In fact, scientists ran a double blind placebo study on males using Sea Buckthorn Oil and found that those who applied the real ingredient saw a greater promotion of skin elasticity than those who applied the placebo. On top of that, it may help prevent skin dryness and increase the rate of healing for burns and bedsores. And coming in with a comedogenic rating of 1, it’s also very unlikely to clog pores and is readily absorbed by your skin.
Vitamin E is a classic necessity in skincare products! We use natural sources of Vitamin E to fortify our sensitive skin moisturiser due to the well-documented benefits it offers the skin. Vitamin E is known for the ability to promote cellular regeneration and add barriers against free radicals with its antioxidant status. It’s said that Vitamin E is an anti-inflammatory, and might even help reduce hyperpigmentation, signs of aging, and wrinkles. Some reports even claim that it can help treat acne scarring.
Evening Primrose Oil is another great addition in skincare products for sensitive skin. Despite being high in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, it comes in with a comedogenic rating of 2, which makes it unlikely to clog pores when applied to soothe irritated, itchy, or dry skin. It also improves skin hydration, texture, and elasticity, whilst both treating and preventing breakouts.
Sunflower Oil is a remarkable base ingredient for skincare for sensitive skin due to its high content of Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) and a comedogenic rating of 0 – just like Hemp Seed Oil! Sunflower oil may decrease skin inflammation and increase the production of skin cells. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect from damaging free radicals. On top of that, it may even help minimize signs of aging such as wrinkles!
Shea Nut Butter yet another great base ingredient for skincare products that work well on sensitive skin. Shea softens the skin by locking in moisture without clogging the pores – it also has a comedogenic rating of 0. OIn top of that, it’s loaded with vitamins and fatty acids.
All of these nourishing compounds work together to assist the skin’s natural collagen production, and may also help reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
Aloe Vera Juice is another rejuvenating skincare ingredient with a comedogenic rating of 0, so it won’t clog pores! It’s one of the most well-known natural ingredients for inflammation, dryness, and even sunburn relief. The high moisture content may help reduce the frequency of acne, as well as the severity of eczema and psoriasis-related dryness by hydrating the skin. Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and C, which helps fight free radicals in the environment that can damage the skin.