Free AUS & NZ Shipping on orders over $100! Free returns.

3 min read

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...

OK, so what *is* skin sensitivity?

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.

What triggers sensitive skin?

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

  1. Synthetic fragrances
  2. Preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea (these release formaldehydes)
  3. Preservatives like parabens and methylisothiazolinone
  4. Strong foaming detergents like SLES and SLS
  5. SD alcohol (remember -not all alcohols are bad)
  6. Toulene (you might find this in your nail polish)

What about essential oils?

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.

How to care 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.

  • Avoid the common triggers we listed up top
  • Look for fragrance free options (we’ve got plenty!)
  • Use products that keep your skin barrier healthy and strong.Vitamin B3 is one of the best ingredients for this.
  • Don’t over-do treatments including highly active anti ageing products, exfoliation and masks. Treat your skin like you would a newborn baby - it’s delicate.
  • Cleanse gently to keep moisture in your skin and barrier intact. This includes your hair too because shampoos and conditioners end up on your skin.
  • Steer clear of drying soaps
  • It’s boring old advice but patch test every new product for at least a day before you get too excited and apply it from head to toe.

 

Free Happily Ever After Vitamin C Eye Serum

Gift Time! Free Vitamin C Eye Serum (valued at over $40)

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).



Also in My Happy Life

Sneak peek: Our new natural shampoo & conditioner
Sneak peek: Our new natural shampoo & conditioner

5 min read 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered just how we go about making new products? Yes? Well today’s your lucky day. You’re about to get a peek under the covers of Happy Skincare and get some insider goss about the creation of our new haircare range.
Read More
Real Talk - How seriously do I need to follow expiry dates?
Real Talk - How seriously do I need to follow expiry dates?

4 min read 0 Comments

Yes it’s true - in Australia cosmetic products don’t need to have an expiry date displayed. But when a cosmetic chemist develops a formula the goal is for it to last *unopened* in the bottles on a shelf at room temperature for 2 years. Minimum. But how long you have to use it once it's opened is another matter.
Read More
Moth Bean - a natural retinol alternative (yay!)
Moth Bean - a natural retinol alternative (yay!)

3 min read 0 Comments

Moth Bean - despite its very unflattering name - has some pretty flattering powers. Its greatest power lies in its ability to provide retinol (Vitamin A)-like effects on your skin, but without the side effects. You can imagine our excitement when we discovered that there's now a natural and safer retinol alternative.
Read More

News & Updates