Sensitive skin has two distinct differences. Genetically sensitive skin is something you are born with and, therefore, will have tendencies to suffer from hayfever, excema and asthma. Alternatively, you can have sensitised skin that will be aggravated from external influences, which have broken down your skin’s barrier. Genetically sensitive skins need to focus on strengthening capillaries by using anti-inflammatory products to protect the capillary wall. This will prevent skin prematurely developing of rosacea. When suffering from rosacea skin can get tiny blisters, which are often mistaken as “acne”. This is where light therapy is very successful in helping to strengthen skin. Sensitised skins will also benefit from barrier repair and soothing products. Remember: sensitised skin is not something you have to live with. When spending time strengthening sensitive and sensitised skin you are still able to have the most active of treatments.
Pigmentation can be caused by many different factors – whether it be hormonal, trauma, sun damage or loss of pigmentation. Firstly, you need to take into consideration what is causing the pigmentation. Regardless of the extent of the pigmentation, you must always use an SPF. Without this protection the sun will make your pigmentation darker and become permanent. Potent target serums are needed on a daily basis to stop further pigmentation forming and promote exfoliation to rid surface pigmentation. In-salon treatments are essential to shift stubborn pigmentation.
A wrinkle starts with dehydrated skin, as dehydration increases more, ageing accelerates. The importance of hydration cannot be overstated.
Hydration is the most important part of a healthy happy skin. We all know drinking lots of water is vital, but due to the harsh external factors we have working against us on a daily basis it is important to pay attention to what you are putting on your skin. It is essential to start with the right cleanser and moisturiser prescribed to your skin type (dry, normal, oily), not skin condition.
Exfoliation is crucial because it enables products to penetrate efficiently. When exfoliating with lactic acid you will also be stimulating your skin to keep hydrated naturally. Remember, there are specific treatment products available to saturate with hydration for an extra boost.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors that affect us internally and externally. Internally, diet and hormones tend to reek havoc leaving us with a thicker stickier oil, more dead skin cells that hang around four times longer than normal and, of course, bacteria.
These factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right products. These include:
- a cleanser that cleans out pores, but doesn’t leave the skin totally stripped of its nutrients
- an exfoliator to speed up the shedding of dead skin cells, but one that is not too aggressive on the surface
- an antibacterial and de clogging leave-on product to help keep bacteria at bay.
And don’t forget hydration. If skin is left dehydrated you run the risk of more oil and unnecessary congestion.