4 Causes of Sensitive Skin and the Routine You Need to Soothe and Calm
Stinging, burning, redness… the common symptoms of sensitive skin are one of the top reasons patients visit the dermatologist and one of the most stressful skin conditions to shop for. Nothing’s more disappointing than researching products, finally picking something new, and having to throw it away after one use because it irritates your skin. More often than not, the culprit is a product with harsh ingredients, but what if it’s not? If you frequently experience skin reactions like bumps, redness, dry skin, or more chronic conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and even acne, it’s likely you have sensitive skin.
What causes sensitive skin?
Allergic reactions. They don’t just happen when you introduce a new product; allergic reactions can show up at anytime. As you age, your immune system weakens, which is why something that’s never bothered you before can suddenly start making you red and itchy. If a product irritates you, discontinue using it immediately; continuing to use it will only make your sensitive skin worse.
Skin disorders. As if rosacea, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and acne weren’t frustrating enough to deal with, they all increase skin’s sensitivity, making it even harder to find products that soothe and calm. Your dermatologist can prescribe medications to treat certain skin disorders, but there are naturally based ways to reduce the appearance of symptoms.
Dry skin. The drier your skin is the more sensitive it is, because dry skin is prone to micro-tears and a compromised microbiome. Even if you had oily skin when you were younger, everyone’s skin gets drier with age, which is why you might find yourself experiencing sensitive skin more often as you get older.
Environmental factors. Dry climate, UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and other environmental toxins all contribute to skin sensitivity. These factors can vary from season to season, so you may need to adjust your skincare routine depending on the weather (think sunburns and freezing winter winds).
No matter the cause, all sensitive skin is prone to a thinner lipid barrier. Your skin’s lipid barrier helps lock in hydration while blocking out all things harmful to your skin. A thinner lipid barrier looses hydration faster than normal skin and allows products to absorb more deeply, which is why a product that your friends love can cause burning or stinging for you. If regular skin has a lipid barrier like velvet, sensitive skin’s is more like tulle.
12 Key Ingredients for Sensitive Skin
Poshbiotics™. Formulated with prebiotics from yogurt, lactobacillus, bifida ferment lysate, fermented black tea kombucha, resveratrol from fermented red wine, and plant sugars, Poshbiotics maintain the delicate harmony of friendly bacteria for a more pH balanced and less sensitive complexion.
Coconut. Every part of the coconut is amazing for skin. Electrolyte-rich coconut water is excellent for hydrating without a greasy skin-feel. Coconut shell powder gently exfoliates and conditions sensitive skin. Coconut oil is packed with antioxidant vitamin E and skin-smoothing proteins. Coconut extract soothes head to toe with nutrients including vitamin C.
Glycerin. A skin-identical ingredient, glycerin is essential for sensitive skin because it’s a potent humectant, which means it draws water from the surrounding environment to the surface of skin, helping skin lock in its hydration levels.
Lavender. Lavender helps soothe, tone, and cleanse sensitive skin, resulting in a healthier, more even appearance while providing additional aromatherapy benefits, like reducing stress and promoting rest and relaxation. It’s also great for calming visible signs of skin irritation.
Magnesium. Commonly found in hot springs, magnesium soothes tension, locks in moisture, and smoothes dry, flaky spots that are prone to feeling rough and itchy. Some studies have shown that applying magnesium topically can be especially beneficial to those who are magnesium deficient.
Honey. Considered a super ingredient, honey is loaded with naturally occurring nutrients like sugars, enzymes, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics often lacking in sensitive skin. It soothes, hydrates, and cleanses all in one.
Oats. One of the few food ingredients recognized by the FDA for its benefits to healthy skin, oats are mild, natural cleansers that gently exfoliate while nourishing with fats and proteins that help moisturize and calm skin while retaining moisture in skin’s lipid barrier.
Shea Butter. Full of skin-loving fatty acids and antioxidants, shea butter has been used for centuries to nourish and soothe even the most sensitive skin head to toe while creating a protective barrier between your complexion and certain environmental factors that can dry out skin.
CBD. Derived from full-spectrum hemp oil, non-intoxicating CBD oil makes all your favorite Posh products even more soothing and moisturizing due to its unique blend of omega fatty acids and its ability to reduce the appearance of inflammation. Its calming effect delivers a more holistic approach to self care.
Cucumber extract. Cucumbers have cooling properties to refresh and soothe skin while hydrating and pampering skin with antioxidant vitamin C. Cucumber is 95% water, making it a gentle, yet effective ingredient for sensitive skin, which is why it’s so popular in products for the eye area.
Milk. Lactic acid found in milk gently removes dead skin while moisturizing, providing a soothing way to rejuvenate and cleanse a dull complexion without needing to use an abrasive scrub.
Eggs. A K-beauty trend, egg white and egg shell powder help skin retain moisture while soothing and refining pores, reducing the appearance of damaged skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
A Soothing, Calming Routine for Sensitive Skin
Cleanse. Work Egg on Your Face™ Face Wash into a pillowy-soft lather. It’s blend of Poshbiotics™, milk, and egg shell powder maintain skin’s delicate pH balance for a cleanse that doesn’t leave your complexion feeling uncomfortably tight after washing.
Nourish. Dab 3 small dots of Prize on the Eyes™ Eye Crème from the inner corner of your eye working out toward your brow bone. It calms and soothes with cucumber extract while antioxidant CoQ10 supports collagen, firming the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Moisturize. Sensitive skin loves being touched less, which is why Impress Me™ with Poshbiotics is your perfect 2-in-1 pick. It functions as both a nutrient-rich, calming face serum and and a hydrating moisturizer thanks to its blend of milk, eggs, and shea butter.
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Soak. Add a scoop of Sleepy Sleep™ All Mixd Up Bath Salts and a piece of Cann I Be™ Green Goddess Bath Bomb to a warm bath to soothe body and mind with lavender essential oil and CBD while magnesium sulfate (aka Epsom salts), coconut oil, and shea butter soften dry, flaky skin.
Cleanse. Goat’s milk, oats, and honey work together in Milking It™ Chunk Big Bath Bar to calm and nourish as you wash while Poshbiotics promote healthier looking skin in our most gentle glycerin and coconut base.
Moisturize. Blend Mad for Magnesium™ Body Butter with a few drops of Cann I Be™ CBD Oil Drops to pamper skin with a full spectrum of omega fatty acids and ceramides to help replenish your lipid barrier and lock in moisture. Shea butter, glycerin, and coconut oil also work to support hydration and 5% mineral magnesium promotes healthy looking, soothed skin.
Calm. Take Cann I Be™ Skin Stick with you and apply as needed to sensitive spots. It gently purifies with French green clay and matcha tea while soothing skin with 100 mg of CBD and sustainable shea butter.
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