The words ‘sensitive’ and ‘sensitised’ are often used interchangeably when it comes to your skin. But did you know that they’re not the same?
Sensitive skin is often a condition you’reborn with. That means your pesky genetics may predispose you to rosacea, eczema, dry skin, allergies and so forth(darn!).
Sensitised skin, on the other hand, is a condition that can affect all skin types - oily, dry and anywhere in between.It’s not caused by your DNA, but by your lifestyle and the choices you make.
Like where we spend the most time (think sun, wind, pollution, the temperature and even air conditioning!), or the products you put on your skin.
Of course, making the matter even more baffling is the fact that both sensitive skin and sensitised skin share similar symptoms.
Signs of sensitive skin and sensitised skin include:
Good question! Usually if you have sensitive skin you’ll experience the symptoms we listed above, plus, one or more of these...
If you don’t experience any of the above then your skin could just be sensitised and not sensitive. This is good news for you, because it is easier to fix :)
Given that sensitised skin is not a result of genetics, it can come and go (whereas sensitive skin is with you all the time). Getting to grips with the types of environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence skin sensitivity is a no-brainer!
It’s not easy to avoid changes in weather, stress and pollution but you can take steps to bolster your skin’s protective barrier and overall health.
Luckily, we have a bunch of beautiful products that are suitable for both sensitive and sensitised/reactive skin.
Take our Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm… it’s surfactant free and uses oils to cleanse instead of soaps. That means your skin is moisturised and comfortable after cleansing instead of tight and itchy. Don’t be scared of using oils on your skin - your skin actually *needs* its oily acid mantle to give your skin a protective barrier that helps prevent further sensitivity.
To help rebalance sensitive and sensitised skin after cleansing we developed our Raindrops on Roses Hydrating Tonic. Steam-distilled Rose Oil combined with skin-soothing Aloe Vera Juice assist with cell renewal and repair while imparting a wonderful rosy scent. Ahh….
If you have sensitised skin you can’t look past nature’s first aid kit. Dilo Oil (a.k.a Tamanu Oil) is a natural healer, moisturiser and inflammation fighter. This silky-soft 100% pure, wild harvested oil drenches your skin in goodness. It can be worn under creams or in place or your moisturiser, making it a must have.
To finish, we can’t go past Over The Moon Rich Repair Cream, a deeply hydrating, rich, luscious daily moisturising cream for that’s incredibly soothing for the most sensitive skin. Potent native Australian antioxidants plus the essential beauty mineral MSM helps to improve your skin barrier function, keeping moisture in while calming inflammation. Wahoo!
(Psst…. If you have oily skin, check out the Perfectly Happy Light Anti-Oxidant Cream instead).
If you like to try super-sized samples before you commit to full-sized products, you can try these beauties all together in a brand new sample pack that we’ve just put together for skin needs that extra bit of TLC.
Unfortunately we can’t control the damage caused by external aggressors (like wind, UV rays and pollution), but we can make conscious choices about the products we choose to slather on our strands. Here are just a few reasons why making the switch to natural might be the best treat you can give your cheesed-off tresses – and your conscience.
The secret to a routine that’s going to make your skin happy can often come down to a “less is more” approach. If you over-do it your skin will feel ho-hum. Here’s our guide to how often you should be doing all your skin things - from exfoliating to facials - to make your skin strong, clear and bright.
Getting older is an interesting thing. We've been brainwashed to fear the slightest changes in our complexions: a wrinkle here, a laugh line there, a smattering of sun spots.
And yet with age comes sooooo much good stuff: wisdom, comfort in your own skin, and the oh-so-coveted ability to give fewer damns. If you ask us, that sounds pretty great.