Aesthetician recommendations for sensitive skinby Dr Ros Debenham
Skin can become sensitive for any reason and the appearance of unwanted redness or reactions to skincare can be frustrating. 'Sensitive skin' is generally the term used to describe skin that has a low tolerance to products and often reacts by showing symptoms such as stinging, burning, itching, or redness.
If you experience sensitive skin you’re not alone - 50% of women and 40% of men report having sensitive skin.
We know it can be hard to find products that offer results without irritating the skin but we’re here to offer some advice on where to start. Firstly, you should know that when it comes to caring for sensitive skin, you should always use high-quality ingredients, specifically designed for sensitive skin that helps strengthen the skin barrier.
Signs that indicate sensitive skin
Most people think of sensitive skin as skin that is easily irritated. This is true, however, there are also a few other signs you should look out for that could indicate you have this skin type.
- Reactive to products or environmental factors resulting in skin irritation
- Redness all over or in certain areas of the face - in the form of bumps, blushing or dilated blood vessels
- Dry skin (these two go hand in hand)
- Develop rashes easily after applying products - be careful not to mistake this for an allergy
- Prone to breakouts and red bumps on the surface of the skin
- You burn easily - always make sure you wear an SPF. Read on further to hear our recommendation for a sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin.
ZO Skin Health products created for sensitive skin
When it comes to caring for any skin, including the sensitive type, there is only one brand we trust and that’s ZO Skin Health. Their range of products provides everything you need to curate the perfect skin care routine that will gently care for your skin without any unnecessary irritation. Here are some of our top picks…
Gentle cleanser - This product is designed to remove makeup and deeply cleanse the skin by removing any excess oils and impurities. Added amino acids revive the skin barrier and gently cleanses without drying - the perfect combination.
Calming toner - A great product that infuses weakened skin with lightweight hydration. The perfect blend of high-quality ingredients soothes and replenishes the skin without leaving the it feeling tight and stripped of its natural oils which can happen with other toners.
Rozatrol - Sensitised skin loves this product! Advanced amino acids provide mild exfoliation and encourage cell turnover which reduces redness and helps to replenish the skin for healthy skin barrier function.
Recovery crème - Key ingredients in this cream such as shea butter and willowherb extracts soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Our clients also love this product due to its ability to support the skin's natural elasticity and collagen health - thanks retinol!
Broad spectrum SPF50 - This lightweight, non-irritating mineral sunscreen is perfect for easily irritated skin. It provides multi-defense protection against UVA, UVB and HEV light. This product should be applied every day to not only protect from UV rays but to limit reactions for people with sensitive skin.
Get further advice about caring for sensitive skin
As always, we recommend that you speak to a dermatologist to discuss your skin care concerns and always get specialist advice before using any medical-grade skincare. The ZO Skin Health range is only available to purchase on our website after your first consultation with us.You can book your digital consultation here if you’d like to speak to one of our expert team for tailored advice about your concerns and current regime.