Struggling with red, itchy skin can be incredibly frustrating – not only is the irritation itself difficult to deal with but our self-confidence takes a hit too.
For those with reactive skin, irritation can be an ongoing battle, accompanied by uncomfortable and difficult-to-manage symptoms like sensitivity and redness. While this type of disruption may feel inevitable at times, with a little detective work to identify our triggers, it’s possible to break the cycle of frustrating flare ups and regain control over your complexion. By finding what works for you personally, you’ll bring balance back into your skincare routine – improving not only how it looks but feels too!
How do you know when your skin is irritated?
You will probably know immediately when your skin is irritated. The signs are easily identifiable. Here’s a few signs for you to take note.
- Persistent spots redness
- Itchiness that doesn’t go away
- Small bumps that appear overnight
- Skin texture feels rough
- Skin stings or burns
- Rashes or hives
- Dry skin that may crack, blister or bleed
- Patches of skin that feel dry, hard and leathery
A few reasons why skin gets irritated
The environment plays an important role in skin health, and environmental factors such as humidity, wind, and temperature can all lead to irritation. Changes in temperature or humidity levels are especially likely to cause redness and other signs of irritation. Not forgetting excessive sun exposure. A deep sunburn can have unpleasant repercussions beyond the initial discomfort, such as days of relentless itching that disrupts sleep and causes distress.
Allergies are one of the most common causes of skin irritation. An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system responds abnormally to a particular substance or particles in the environment. It can range from the things you eat, the products you use or even things you came in contact with. Allergies can present as hives, rashes, swelling, or itching on the body. If you suspect that your skin is reacting to something you’ve come into contact with, it’s best to consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment options
Sensitivity is another major factor when it comes to skincare irritation. Sensitive skin is more prone to reactions from certain ingredients than other types of skins because it lacks protective barriers – like natural oils – that keep irritants out and moisture locked in.
Over-exfoliation can strip your skin of its vital protective barrier, leaving behind dry, flaky patches that easily peel off. As natural moisture is depleted and sensitivity to the sun or harsh outside elements increases, your complexion will become increasingly dehydrated and vulnerable.
Harsh Skincare products
Dry or flaky skin can be an indicator of your cleansing routine or product regimen not being ideal for you. Overusing acne-focused products like retinoids and benzoyl ointments might result in red, sensitive skin due to excessive use — so it may not necessarily be the best plan for every individual situation.
What helps to soothe the redness
What happened is already done and nothing is irreversible. The first step is to stop aggravating your skin more by removing makeup, sunblock and any other residue on the surface of your face.
Take this time to simplify your skincare routine and use products that contain extraordinary soothing properties.
1. Opt for a gentle cleanser
Our skin not only endures a lot in our daily lives, it is being damaged and some intensive repairing right now. It’s essential to have a gentle cleanser that won’t inflame your face even further.
For an everyday cleanser you can use to whisk away everyday impurities without stripping essential moisture, our Skin Refresh Cleansing Wash is fortified with Witch Hazel and Faex Extract to rebalance and boost skin health. Soothing extract of Edelweiss enriches the formulation to aid skin’s defences against free radicals and target premature ageing. Skin regains softness and feels comfortably clean.
All skin types can benefit from this product, but those with dry and sensitive complexions will especially appreciate its moisturising qualities.
2. Reach for a intensive soothing serum
One that you will find instant relief and hydration comes from this ultra soothing serum that we specially formulated, Skin Restore Calming Serum.
This formula is dedicated to help skin reclaim comfort and equilibrium while its intensively soothing and moisturising properties restore skin balance and promote optimum protection to the skin. It provides powerful calming relief from uncomfortable sensations on the skin.
- Soothes sensitised skin often experienced after aesthetic treatments
- Relieves from burning sensation instantaneously after laser treatment
- Moisturise to keep skin hydrated and prevents tightness during the recovery stage
3. Lather, lather, lather in a good, rich and soothing moisturiser
Your skin is extremely dry and dehydrated now, it is being stripped off its moisture barrier. It needs any form of hydration it can possibly get.
Though Skin Repair Moisturizer is specially formulated and dedicated to post-laser treatment recovery care for skin barrier protection and regeneration, It is still perfect for everyday use especially for those with skin irritation and flare ups.
The complex of ceramide, bisabolol, and phytosterols provide a protective film, shielding the underlying skin from external aggressors to create an optimum environment for skin to recuperate while rebuilding its moisture barrier for healthy skin and pristine looking complexion.
- Strengthens skin barrier against oxidative stress
- Supplements skin with moisture for optimal protection
- Relieves sensitive and irritated skin
What made both Skin Restore Calming Serum and Skin Repair Moisturizer good, it’s all in the ingredients. Both superpowered with the highest-quality ingredients:
Neurosooth (found in only Skin Restore Calming Serum)
Properties: Inspired by the skin’s natural peptide, it is a super-enhanced, biomimetic tripeptide
What it does: Possesses an advanced neuro-action that neutralises the superficial symptoms of skin irritation such as redness and skin sensitivity. It is especially useful for calming the burning sensation on the skin.
Properties: Well known for its rich omega-3 fatty acid, non-irritating and anti-oxidative
What it does: Fortify its skin barrier, prevent moisture loss and calms red, irritated skin. Directly nourishes the skin with micro-nutrients.
Properties: A harmonious blend of seven botanically-derived
What it does: increases skin’s resilience against environmental aggressors, while imparting soothing relief to skin sensitivities. This primary action promotes speedy recovery to irritated and aggressed skin. The plant extract alleviates Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) , restoring a healthy moisture barrier to ensure that skin maintains optimal hydration.
Properties: Naturally found in Wheat Germ and Comfrey Roots
What it does: Soothing and moisturising benefits to soften and protect skin. It increases the water content in the extracellular matrix to boost skin’s moisture levels and acts as a protective barrier against dryness.
Properties: Aloe plants have been treasured for their benefits to the skin.
What it does: Skin moisturising and softening effects coupled with excellent water-retaining properties provides relief to skin.
Properties: Contains powerful antioxidants
What it does: Alleviate skin irritations and redness. It tones, re-balance and restores skin to a healthy condition.
3. Keep up the sun protection everyday
It is important to wear sunscreen, UV Shield Moisture Tint SPF 50, every day especially when your skin is all flushed, heated and irritated. To keep your skin feeling its best, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30-50 daily and reapply every 2 hours.
Some lifestyle changes also work wonders for alleviating the symptoms of skin redness.
Identifying and eliminating allergens
Knowing and eliminating possible allergens is a vital step in the management of skin irritation. Allergy triggers often come from unlikely sources, including mold, dust mites, pets and everyday products. Limiting exposure to these potential irritants can make an enormous difference for those suffering with this.
What may irritate someone and cause a flare up can vary based on different individuals. However it is always good to take note if you suspect something might be causing your irritation. Some commonly known irritants include fragrances and products that contain fragrances, such as detergents, shampoos and soaps. Other irritants can include chemicals, preservatives, dyes, cigarette smoke, and household cleaners.
At the end of the day all that matters is finding what works best for you when it comes to soothing your inflamed areas on the face! Treating redness and irritation is not just about finding a quick fix; it’s important that we understand our individual triggers as well as potential solutions so we can prevent future flare ups from happening!
By making small lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods or environmental triggers as well as utilising over-the-counter medications or home remedies like witch hazel or aloe vera gel you too can find relief from irritating and painful symptoms caused by inflamed areas on the body! So don’t wait – start taking control today!