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Sensitive skin requires delicate and adapted care. Internal factors (skin pigmentation, sensitization, genetic predisposition) are mainly responsible for skin sensitivity. However, external factors can also be the cause of increasingly sensitive skin over time. Discover in this article how to take care of a sensitive skin.

Recognize sensitive skin

As opposed to normal skin, sensitive skin has a cutaneous barrier that is much less prepared for daily aggressions. Indeed, it is much more porous and tends to let penetrate all the molecules to which we are exposed such as irritating molecules for example. When these molecules penetrate the cutaneous barrier, an immediate reaction occurs: very quickly, the sensitive skin knows feelings of heating, redness, tingling, pulling, it scratches…

Finally, sensitive skin can react to two types of aggression:

  • Chemical aggressions caused by contact with an unsuitable cosmetic product or a substance poorly tolerated by the epidermis.
  • External aggressions such as cold, pollution or limestone water.

If you have had sensitive skin since birth, then it is likely that its origin is internal and that your skin is also naturally dry.

An adapted care routine

Different steps are necessary to take care of sensitive skin. First of all, one of these steps is makeup removal. Removing makeup from sensitive skin must be gentle, delicate and effective. Think about not using disposable cotton pads that tend to irritate the skin and are very harmful to the environment and prefer a reusable cotton pad. Use our Micellar Water which soothes the skin and cleanses it by getting rid of all impurities for a gentle make-up removal.

Then for your daily care, perform masks once or twice a week. For masks, prefer those that will moisturize and soothe your skin. White clay and red clay are ideal for sensitive and reactive skin. Opt for our Shea Radiance Mask, composed of Shea Butter and White Clay which, with their moisturizing and revitalizing qualities, make the skin soft and boost its radiance.

Food, the source of skin sensitization?

Some foods tend to sensitize the skin and will have an inflammatory action. For sensitive skin, these foods should be avoided. But when we say “avoid”, it does not mean to “banish” them completely overnight. However, in order to limit skin sensitivities and also to perfect your skin care routine and boost its effectiveness, some foods can be replaced whenever possible.

Foods to avoid
  • Coffee
  • Dairy products
  • Chocolate
  • Gluten
  • Salt
  • Alcohol
  • Saturated fats

On the opposite, some foods will be beneficial for sensitive skin and will gradually reduce the sensitivity of the skin.

Foods to be favored
  • Water: it is always repeated but it is essential to drink at least 1L to 1.5L of water per day. This is especially true for sensitive skin because it needs to be hydrated from the inside to become supple and less irritated.
  • Omega 3: thanks to their anti-inflammatory power, omega 3 are very important to reduce skin inflammation.
  • Vitamin C: found in lemons, tomatoes, guava, parsley and peppers. It is essential for the formation of collagen and will improve the condition of sensitive skin.
  • Ginger: it is the anti-inflammatory food by excellence, to consume in infusion or fresh.
  • Cinnamon: another anti-inflammatory and also helps regulate blood sugar.

For more beauty tips, check out our article on skin protection here

Institut Karité Paris

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