Sensitive skin is easily inflamed and irritated, it overreacts to stress, environmental factors such as weather, sun, wind, and temperature, and skincare products. Sensitive skin can be dry, oily or combination skin type and can have areas of redness and itchiness. Sensitive skin it typically thinner, and is therefore less effective as a barrier allowing irritants to penetrate the skin triggering an allergic response.
What are the causes of sensitive skin? Your highly reactive skin can be genetic or it can be related to cosmetics and cleansers that cause flare-ups. It can also be diet and gut-related. Sensitivity can also be caused by dryness because when the skin barrier is disturbed, it makes it more prone to injury. It might take some research to find out the causes of your skin sensitivity but it's worth the extra effort.
One of the biggest offenders is sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) and you will do the most good to your sensitive skin by removing SLS completely from your skincare and haircare products, even your laundry detergent. It's a serious skin irritant and has to go. Eliminate or reduce the use of exfoliants, such as scrubs, loofah and even washcloths until your skin takes a turn for the better. Instead wash with your skin with your hands.
Your delicate skin needs to be treated gently which is why I've chosen rose as the hero ingredient in my sensitive skin formulations. Rich in linoleic acid, rosehip oil is highly biocompatible and exceptionally effective in rebuilding and restoring damaged tissue. Roman Chamomile has an affinity for the skin as well and is helpful for dry, red, itchy skin.