You might be surprised to discover that sensitive skin, in and of itself, does not really exist. Whilst around 60% of people claim to have sensitive skin, there is no technical dermatological definition of it.
What people may well be experiencing is a level of sensitivity exacerbated by the wrong cosmetics and skincare products that can contribute to rosacea (acne) or atopic dermatitis (eczema).
These conditions result in the same kinds of symptoms: Itchy, red, sore and / or flaky skin, which feels uncomfortable most of the time It can often feel bumpy to the touch and resemble a rash under the skin's surface.
Many of us are prone to these symptoms at this time of year when the temperature drops and our skin is at the mercy of the harsh winds and rain. Also, with the party season in full swing, our rich diets and increased alcoholic intake means our skin may suffer more than normal.
Here at Bee Good, we're sticking to some simple tips to help keep our skin looking dazzling throughout the festive season. As it's Christmas, we thought we'd share them with you too!
- Watch your diet
At this time of year we all like to indulge in festive treats. We drink more booze and we're surrounded by rich, chocolatey, sugary delights. Unfortunately, these are the very ingredients which can irritate the skin.
Fear not though! It's easy to find balance by drinking lots of water when you can, eating lots of fresh fruit and veg, and foods that are lower in saturated fats.
If you really notice skin sensitivity then try and reduce alcohol, gluten, dairy and additives as a starting point. Caffeine levels can also play havoc with your skin balance, so consider some of the delicious caffeine free alternatives such as rooibos or herbal teas.
- What are you wearing?
It's not uncommon to have a skin reaction to certain materials and metals. Skin sensitivity can build up over time, as your skin is weakened by a regular exposure to fibres that cause irritation.
At this time of year we like to wrap up in woollen scarves and sweaters that can bother the skin. Sometimes it may be as simple as removing the item of jewellery or not wearing a piece of clothing until the skin has regained its protective layer.
But if you just can not bear to put down your favourite woollen sweater, just pop on a cotton t-shirt underneath to provide a protective layer.
- Stress, hormonal changes and lifestyle
Lifestyle influences such as lack of sleep, bad eating habits, stress and worry can all have a direct influence on how your skin behaves from day to day.
We are all too aware that the run up to Christmas is far from relaxing: we rush to meet deadlines, we tear around the shops looking for last-minute presents, and late bedtimes seems to be a regular occurrence.
As a result, our skin can suffer. Hormonal skin from stress reduces the ability of your skin cells to regenerate.
Our advice: Just pace yourself! Christmas should be enjoyable after all.
It's blooming freezing outside, and here at Bee Good, we have our heating turned right up. But changes in the climate both inside and out will affect the skin. Just putting on the central heating or getting more wind and rain exposure can lead to skin sensitivity.
Pollution from free radicals such as fumes, smoke and dust, and changes in seasonal plants and flowers can all affect the sensitivity of your skin, weakening its ability to deal with change.
- Look at your beauty products
It's very easy to take your beauty regime for granted and get stuck in a rut. But it's important to know which of your products are doing you good, and which may be causing the problem!
If your skin's feeling red, itchy and flaky then there's every chance that your skincare products are either not helping, or even contributing to the problem.
As a good rule of thumb: stay clear of artificial ingredients, dyes, and harsh chemicals in your skincare or cleaning products. This will help reduce skin sensitivity.
Preservatives and some foaming agents are known sensitisers. Even something as simple as chlorine in a swimming pool or everyday washing powders can trigger a long-term sensitivity.
At Bee Good we use naturally-based, gentle skincare formulations that are free of many of the known skin sensitisers. Since Honey, Propolis and Beeswax are incredible natural preservatives in their own right, we only use additional preservatives if they're essential for product safety, and try to use preservatives from natural sources.
We never use synthetic colours, mineral oils, silicone SLS, SLES or parabens. SLS and SLES are chemical foaming agents found in many beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners, bath and shower products and hand washes and can cause a heightened sensitivity especially to those prone to skin conditions such as eczema.