Care routine for sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is not a skin type, like dry skin, but a skin condition. Skin conditions are temporary and indicate that your skin is currently out of balance. With the right skin care, the condition can be normalized. How do you restore balance? And can the problem perhaps even be avoided?
This is how you recognize sensitive skin
Your skin reacts often and quickly to external influences such as cold, UV rays, stress and cosmetics...
Does that sound familiar? Then you've come to the right place. Let's get to the root of the problem! First of all, it is important to understand why your skin reacts sensitively.
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Causes of sensitive skin
There are various causes, but the mechanism of sensitive facial skin remains the same. The skin barrier , which forms your skin's natural protective barrier, has become permeable. It consists of skin cells and lipids (fats) that connect them elastically. When healthy, this barrier protects the underlying skin layers from moisture loss, repels bacteria and impurities, and prevents free radicals from destroying your cells.
If your protective barrier weakens, your skin is increasingly exposed to external influences. Wind and heating air accelerate the loss of moisture. There is noticeable and visible dryness and irritation. Bacteria and free radicals have an easy time of it. They cause inflammation and cell damage that penetrate deep into the skin.
The hypersensitivity of your skin can be triggered by several factors.
Cause number 1: You may have inherited the tendency to do this . Your skin simply produces a little less sebum (sebum) to maintain a stable barrier and is more susceptible to irritation. Proper skin care is essential. But there is a danger lurking here: resist the urge to overwhelm your sensitive skin with too many cosmetics!
This is cause number 2 and it is becoming increasingly important. Sensitive skin is often the result of over-care . Too many care products and make-up push the skin to its limits. It can no longer process the many different ingredients in cosmetic products and its protective mechanisms weaken. Aggressive cleaning also removes moisture extra quickly.
Why over-care makes your skin sensitive
In recent years, cosmetic trends have become established in which several layers of different skin care products and make-up are literally “stacked” on the skin in the morning and evening. It is not uncommon for her to be confronted with well over 100 different ingredients ! And this happens several times every day.
For comparison, imagine if each of your meals consisted of over 100 different ingredients - sweet, sour, salty, spicy, fatty, stuffing, all at once and in significant quantities. A feeling of fullness is inevitable! Skin cells can also become oversaturated and simply no longer be able to digest all the well-intentioned “food”. And in the skin, too, whether cell metabolism works well or not so well has a direct effect on the immune system and leads to complaints.
Tip: If you want to delve deeper into the topic, the following links to our articles will help you understand in detail how over-care favors sensitive skin and how minimalist skin care can help you get rid of your sensitive skin.
Your morning routine
Wash your face only with lukewarm water.
Good to know: Facial cleansing makes a significant contribution to the condition of the skin. We often mean too well when it comes to cleaning. Learn why water is enough in the morning .
Care in summer
The light regeneration facial oil provides you with care for the day. The facial serum provides you with additional moisture. Be economical with the dosage, sensitive skin needs a savings program. Tip: If the products are not absorbed in 5 minutes, you should reduce the amount.
If possible, avoid make-up and powder but please don't forget to also apply sunscreen.
Care in winter
If you need a little more care in the colder season, our nourishing Shea Cream will help. Its slightly occlusive effect provides long-lasting protection against drying out. Apply it sparingly to skin that has been previously moistened with water.
Sensitive skin needs consistent protection from wind and weather. Find out how you can use Shea Cream as a cold protection balm for the winter.
Your evening routine
If you don't have make-up on, washing your face with lukewarm water is sufficient. You can remove make-up and sunscreen gently and thoroughly with the make-up remover .
Your skin repairs its protective layer overnight. Don't suppress this mechanism by reducing her sebum production through rich night care. It would react lazily and by reducing its own production. The facial serum with soothing rose water and moisture-binding hyaluronic acid provides you with an oil-free moisture boost for the night.
What sensitive skin really needs
The first impulse, of course, is to put out the fire that is blazing on your irritated skin. The approach here is often radical, with lots of heavy care products. But what about putting out fires? If you choose the wrong liquid, the flames will shoot up. In the same way, unsuitable care products can further increase your symptoms. A minimal program is initially recommended here.
If the condition is severe, a zero therapy (we like to call it the “horse cure”) will initially help. It will give your skin time to recover. Then switch to a care routine that does not overstress your skin. The aim is to keep it well hydrated and to promote an intact skin protective barrier with lipids. Many of our readers have had very good experiences with zero therapy , even if they were initially difficult to convince them of it. Because for many people, the idea of not being able to apply cream to their face after cleansing is unsettling , absolutely unimaginable. It is easy to forget that the face is not tense because of the way the skin is made, but rather that there is something wrong with the cleansing or the products used. You can find out more about this in the article Tension from the cream tube: How emulsifiers damage your skin dry out .
Care tips for sensitive skin
Be natural: avoid makeup (as often as possible) and let your skin breathe.
- Natural oils with high skin tolerance provide material for a healthy skin barrier.
- Support your skin with moisture-binding substances such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
- Use products with few ingredients so as not to overload your skin.
The ultimate goal is to bring your skin back into balance . It needs moisture and lipids for an intact skin barrier. At the same time, you don't want to overload it with too many care products, otherwise your skin problems will take a victory lap. Care without being burdensome - that's what the FIVE products were developed for, each with just a handful of ingredients.
Not recommended for sensitive skin
- Foaming cleansing gels and mechanical peelings attack the skin barrier.
- Complex care routines overwhelm your skin’s cell metabolism.
- Heavy night creams prevent your skin from regenerating itself.
- Alcohol and emulsifiers in skin care products dry out your skin.
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