Some people think “sensitive skin” is a skin type, but we’re going to (politely) disagree.
It doesn’t matter whether your skin type is normal, dry, oily or combo - it can still be sensitive. And like a wicked witch, sensitive skin can show itself in so many different forms...
When you get that icky feeling of tightness, itching, dryness, burning, stinging, flaking, flushing, redness or puffiness it means something has damaged your skin’s barrier. Then your skin reacts with inflammation.
Just imagine your skin screaming a few expletives. That’s what inflammation is. Your skin is freaking out. It’s scared of that wicked witch.
Damaged skin barrier + inflammation = irritation (a.k.a sensitivity)
And it can snowball from there! Rosacea, irritant dermatitis, allergic dermatitis and eczema are all conditions of sensitive skin. But we’ll have to save those for another blog post.
There are some common things that can set off sensitive skin, but what makes sensitivities so frustrating is that anything and everything is a possible cause. Grrr.
And it doesn’t matter whether it is natural or not (even natural ingredients can cause sensitive skin to go a little crazy).
The most common triggers for sensitive skin
We love essential oils and use them in lots of our Happy creations to add blissful smells and some sneaky aromatherapy benefits. BUT they’re also very potent and can be too much for some ultra sensitive skin.
Especially some essential oils like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lavender, basil and oregano, which are really common skin sensitisers (we stay away from these).
We make sure that when we do use essential oils that we only use the tiniest amount - under 1% - so that it’s just enough to make products smell amazing without overpowering you or your skin.
If any fragrance (natural OR synthetic) jumps out of the jar and slaps you in the face then it is not a good idea for sensitive skin.
Alrighty, if you’ve read this far then chances are you’ve been on the receiving end of some sensitivity, so here are our tips for caring for your skin.
Products for sensitive skin don’t need to be boring. Gosh no. They can still be sensitive friendly and do wonders for your skin. The‘Happily Ever After’ Vitamin C Eye Serum is a beautiful example.
It is free from parabens, formaldehyde donors, alcohol, essential oils and fragrances. It is sensitive skin unfriendlies free and still works little miracles for your delicate eye area and face (It doubles as a face serum)!
And it’s yours free with your order over $60, up till midnight August 29 (conditions apply).