Skin Sensitivities

Skin Sensitivities

Skin sensitivities are typically associated with dry, compromised skin. Sometimes referred to as chronic dryness, rosacea, or impaired barrier function.

Rosacea, being one of the most common skin sensitivity, is associated with genetics. So this is not something that one “catches”, it is something that is inherent, but can worsen in time if left untreated. Most mild cases of rosacea are treated with a little TLC and great home care products that keep the skin calm, happy and hydrated. More aggressive cases are typically managed by professionals such as an esthetician or a dermatologist.

We all know that stress is a contributing factor to many ailments on the body. What a lot of people don’t understand is it can also effect the appearance and function of one’s skin, especially if you are prone to sensitivities. Factors such as weather, sun, neglect and lifestyle can also play a large role in the overall appearance and health of the skin.

One of the typical side effects to the above information on skin sensitivities is dry skin. So what do we do for this? Cleansers that are PH balanced are important. Some cleansers are built with aggressive ingredients that can contribute to dryness. Products with hydrating and nutritive properties are best.

Impaired Barrier Function
Impaired barrier function (water loss)  is also a huge contributing factor in dry skin conditions. In addition to other factors such as climate and sun exposure, when our skin cells aren’t filled with water , the skin doesn’t function, which is often referred to as impaired barrier function. Certain skin protectors such as lipids, ceramides and hyaluronic acid are key components to keeping water in the skin, however, age also plays a role in the lessening of this. We lose small amounts over time naturally, but can it can often start as early as in the thirties.

Although topical products are a direct way to improve an impaired barrier function, diet can play a role as well. Drinking lots of water first and foremost helps the whole body to function, let alone the skin. Diets free of processed food and high in clean healthy foods are key. Lifestyle choices of drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages in large doses can also be a contributing factor.

Contact Cheryl today for a complimentary skin care consultation. After consulting with Cheryl Ann, she will design a program for you. This will include not only the recommended treatments, but a home regimen as well.