Nearly everyone experiences some sort of skin irritation in their lives - from itching, to redness to even skin peeling. Whilst you may find it ss sometimes easier to put skin irritation down to having 'sensitive skin', it is important to know if you are dealing with a skin type (sensitive) or a skin condition (sensitised).
What Is Sensitive Skin?
Skin sensitivity is deeply rooted in genetics and is often connected to non-related skin sensitivities like allergies, asthma, and hayfever. Those with sensitive skin have usually experienced these symptoms all their life, so will be aware of it. Sensitive skin types also tend to have less pigment in their skin which means that sensitive skin has less of a protective barrier, making it more easily affected by external aggressors.
While most people think the only symptom of sensitive skin is irritation, there is quite a few more. Sensitive skin can cause redness, swelling, itchiness, and occasionally breakouts – all of which are commonly experienced throughout life. Because sensitive skin is genetic, it is not something that can be 'fixed' per se, however, it can be managed by using gentle products and limiting the amount of active ingredients used on the skin.
What Is Sensitised Skin?
On the other hand, sensitised skin is not a skin type – it is a condition. Much like sensitive skin, sensitised skin tends to look blotchy with visible dryness and irritation. The condition is normally triggered by external or internal factors like an allergic reaction, poor diet, too much sun exposure, extreme weather conditions, and as a reaction to skincare products or ingredients,
With more of us experimenting with high-strength acids, retinols and serums to layer up on our faces, this has caused a huge increase in those experiencing sensitised skin, as to put it bluntly - we do not really know what we are doing.
How Can You Tell If Your Skin Is Sensitive Or Sensitised?
If sensitive skin runs in your family and/or you experience non-related skin allergies, the chances are that you have sensitive skin. However, if your skin is newly sensitised, then it might be due to too many skincare products, environmental irritants or an allergic reaction. If this is the case, then it is important to identify what product or irritant is causing these symptoms and to find a gentle alternative.
Your answer to sensitive and sensitised skin…
The Lait-Crème Sensitive
• 98% INGREDIENTS OF NATURAL ORIGIN
• FOR SENSITIVE AND REACTIVE SKIN
Introducing the highly anticipated Lait-Crème Sensitive. With all the benefits of the classic Lait-Crème Concentré, which sells one tube every 20 seconds, in a formula that is highly tolerant, unscented, and developed using 98% ingredients of natural origin, making it perfect for those with reactive skin.
The hypo allogenic creamy milk texture leaves a comfortable, silky veil over the body and is non-sticky and non-greasy. Like its original version, it can be used as a 7-in-1 hero as a moisturiser, primer, cleansing milk, after-shaving soothing product, as a makeup remover, intensive masque, and now as a baby product for delicate little skin.
The decadent crème is formulated with 18 ingredients, of which 98% are natural. This includes moisturising soy proteins, soothing aloe vera, nourishing shea butter, and emollient oils which deliver supple, elastic skin. The payoff is long-lasting hydration and protection for your skin, with improved radiance, elasticity, suppleness, and smoothness.
Deborah St. Louis (Fashions Finest director) says: "I have been using Embryolisse for years now, it's the perfect brand for my skin. The new Lait-Creme Sensitive is great for when my skin is feeling a little more sensitive and I love the fact it has multiple uses and can be used on adults, children and babies."
Available from Beauty Bay (£25.00), Feel Unique (£24.99), Look Fantastic (£23.10), ASOS (£24.99).