Have you ever had a reaction to a new cleanser or moisturizer? Do you suffer from redness, itching or a dehydrated complexion? You may have sensitive skin. The sensitivity of your skin can depend on other factors; more often than not, sensitive skin types suffer with eczema, rosacea or contact dermatitis, including allergies.
All Skin Types Need Moisture
Every skin type requires a moisturizer. As you age, your skin’s hydration levels begin to decline, making fine lines and wrinkles more prominent. As sensitive skin can be very dehydrated, it’s important to protect it with gentle, nourishing ingredients which won’t cause disruption to the balance of your skin.
The Skin’s Natural Moisture Barrier
The outer layer of the skin is a protective layer which helps to retain moisture and prevent irritation from bacteria and external damage. This outer layer of skin is known as the epidermis – the epidermis is made up of several layers, including lipids that hold flattened cells together. When the epidermis is healthy, your skin will feel hydrated and plump. Notice how babies skin is soft and smooth? This is due to them having a healthy moisture barrier.
What Happens When the Moisture Barrier is Damaged?
When the outer layer of your skin is damaged, its protective defences are weakened; moisture is able to escape easily, and irritants are able to enter. This is why your skin becomes dehydrated, flaky, sensitive or itchy. Other symptoms you may notice include redness, tightness, dry patches, breakouts, rashes or irritation.
Why Does the Moisture Barrier Become Damaged?
There are many reasons why the natural moisture barrier becomes damaged;
- Using very harsh products
- Over exfoliation
- Sun damage
- Using too much topical vitamin C
- Drinking alcohol
- Not using moisturizer
- Washing the skin with very hot water
- Air conditioning
- Hot climates
- Certain medications
Some people also naturally have a weak moisture barrier. The good news is that it’s never too late to look after your skin. With a little tender loving care (and our handy advice) you can restore moisture in sensitive skin to maintain a healthy, radiant complexion.
How to Restore Moisture
Restoring moisture in sensitive skin takes time and care. With a gentle routine, you’ll be able to increase hydration, luminosity, and plumpness. Follow our top skincare tips to restore your skin back to good health and repair your moisture barrier.
1. Use a gentle, calming cleanser.
Avoid using soap or a cleanser with artificial fragrance or additives. A cream, lotion or oil is the best formulation for cleansers for sensitive skin. Foaming cleansers dry out your skin, so these are best avoided if you’re suffering from dehydration. Heavily fragranced products can cause irritation so don’t be worried to use cleansers that may have a ‘bland’ smell – these tend to be better for your complexion!
2. Don’t use hot water to wash your skin.
Ideally, wash your skin with lukewarm water, rather than using very hot temperatures.
3. Use a hydrating toner or serum.
Follow your cleanser by using a toner or serum with hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most beneficial ingredients for dry, dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic isn’t a typical ‘acid’ – this magic ingredient is able to draw water into the skin and lock it in to prevent moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid can hold over 1000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent solution for dry skin. It also won’t irritate your skin either as its naturally found in your body, with the majority of this stored in your skin tissues to keep it soft and smooth. Live Skincare Hydrate Hyaluronic Acid Serum
makes a great addition to your skincare routine. Formulated with the inclusion of soothing aloe vera, nourishing jojoba oil, and zero added fragrance, simply use this serum after cleansing/toning and before your usual moisturizer. With continued use, your skin will appear clearer, firmer, more radiant, and more nourished.
4. Moisturize, but be selective with what you use.
A moisturizer full of synthetic ingredients won’t do much for repairing your moisture barrier. Live Skincare Radiant Cream Day & Night Moisturising Cream
contains hydrating glycerine; a humectant which traps moisture in the skin to strengthen your skin’s barrier. This moisturizer is also packed with aloe vera to calm sensitive skin and soothe redness or irritation. You can use Radiant Cream Day & Night Moisturiser Cream directly after hyaluronic acid serum for the ultimate drink for parched skin.
5. Wear SPF.
Exposing your skin to direct sunlight without protecting it can cause premature aging and sun damage. Constant exposure to the sun can also increase your risk of skin cancer. Protect your skin by wearing a high SPF. Taking regular breaks from the sun is also highly beneficial for your complexion.
6. Stay hydrated from the inside.
Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to keep your hydration levels up. When your hydrated on the inside, your skin has a better chance of being moisturized.
7. Listen to what your skin is telling you.
If your skin is feeling tight or dry after using a certain product, then it’s best to discontinue use. While it’s natural for your skin to tingle after using exfoliating products, your complexion shouldn’t feel irritated after using a regular skincare item. If you notice your skin reacting to products, it’s a good idea to make note of the ingredient list as your skin may be sensitive to one particular addition.
Taking care of your skin is the best thing you can do for repairing the moisture barrier. It can take time to heal your skin so don’t be deterred if you don’t notice any benefits immediately. Following our easy tips will help to make your complexion look healthy and glowing.