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At Home Tips You’ll Love To Soothe Irritated Skin

If you have irritated skin, it can be frustrating!  Irritated skin can be from a skin sensitivity or complications from medical treatments.  Irritated skin can be caused by the skin disorder known as Rosacea.  If you have skin that’s red or has dry patches, or is prone to breakout in hives, you know the issues that you can have with trying to do anything to your skin.  

Our L+A Spring Skin Care Guide has a cream from Circadia formulated to help calm the redness and irritation associated with Rosacea.  You have to check it out!

Excerpt From 6 Pillars To Treating Sensitive Skin

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is becoming more commonly known as reactive skin. Skin is reacting to something it has come into contact with, most commonly a harsh ingredient in a skin care product or household cleaning agent. Common sensitive skin complaints are stinging or burning sensation, redness, dryness, dry patches, itching, swelling and hives.  Sensitive skin conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, Dermatitis’, Psoriasis, are all reactive skin conditions.

What causes Sensitive Skin? 

Most skin sensitivities are created when the skin’s first line of defense, the acid mantle has been compromised or aggravated in some way. Our acid mantle is an emulsion of water and oil. It is a fatty film that covers the surface of the skin and helps to maintain the skin’s correct pH. A healthy pH level on the skin’s surface supports good bacteria and makes an uninviting environment for bad bacteria. It keeps things like allergens, irritants, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and UV rays from damaging our skin. Also included in our skin’s barrier defense system is the lipid layer, which is another thin layer of fatty oils that are secreted by the sebaceous glands to keep water in and skin hydrated. Read Full Article

Kris Fisk

Esthetician + Guest Blogger

Irritated Skin?  We got you!

Ok, first, all irritated skin is not the same.  We’re not saying that these tips are a cure all for everyone.  However, the overall goal of helping to calm irritated skin is to help repair the acid mantle.  That means that you need to restore balance in the pH levels so that the barrier function is restored.  While these tips are not a fix for everyone, they can work to restore pH levels at all steps of a home skin care routine.

Tips To Calm Irriated Skin in Your Home Skin Care Routine

1. Wash With pH Friendly Cleanser

Your skin’s pH levels are normally 5.2 – 5.5.  You want to use a cleanser that is as close to 5.2 as possible.  BiON Research Skin Care’s Bacteriostat Cleanser is ideal for sensitive skin and skin with Rosacea. It contains turmeric, which adds additional anti-inflammatory benefits and also blocks the actions of 5 alpha-reductase, reducing sebum production and eliminating acne infections. This causes the red inflamed look of the skin to resolve quickly, and promotes healing. The marjoram blocks interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and histamine which is generated by free fatty acids within the follicles.  

PRO TIP:  Use MYSKINBUDDY with the Bacteriostat Cleanser to get a deeper clean.  The gentle ultra-sonic vibration will soothe the skin and the ionic technology will pull trapped dirt and debris.

2. Use A Toner To Balance pH Levels

Toners have taken a back seat in at home skin care for the past 15 or so years.  They are a vital step to bringing the skin back into pH balance.  Yes, pH balance is EVERYTHING to your skin!  The Marine Collagen Toner from BelleCôte Paris is perfect for sensitive skin!

3. Use A Soothing Gel Moisturizer

When skin is irritated, nothing helps to calm it more than  Hush Hydrate Gel from Hale & Hush.  Its delicate and moisturizing formula is chock full of botanical extracts, antioxidants, and skilled inflammation fighters. This gel contains a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic compound found in black rice, proven to comfort aggravated skin.

PRO TIP: Often times it’s better to use an implement to massage in products on irritated skin.  The Repêchage® Silver Ball Massager was designed by industry expert Lydia Sarfati, CEO of Repêchage, “For application of serums and moisturizers when a correct touch is required to avoid skin irritation from strong touch.”

In Treatment Tips For Treating Irritated Skin

1. You Can Exfoliate

You can exfoliate irritated skin.  The key is using an incredibly gentle exfoliating cleanser that won’t aggravate the skin.  The Organic Seaweed Exfoliator from BelleCôte Paris is ideal for sensitive skin and uses seaweed micro polishing bits to gently remove excess dirt and debris.  

BeeDazzle Revitalize from Hale & Hush delivers quality rejuvenation without fuss or downtime by uniting refinement and recovery in one unique formulation.  Sensitive-friendly AHAs (mandelic and lactic) recondition skin’s texture and complexion while bioactive Manuka Honey nurtures healing with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and conditioning effects.

2. Use Calming Agents During Your Facial Massage

When doing facial massage during a treatment you should use a massage medium that is going to work to calm and soothe the skin!  An ideal medium for compromised skin is the  Repêchage® Hydra Dew Pure™ Oil  This oil was formulated to address the needs of skin that is severely dry or compromised by environmental aggressors such as pollution, UV light, and weather conditions or overly-aggressive skin treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Environmental aggressors and harsh treatments can lead to inflammation which may increase the visible signs of aging in the skin.

PRO TIP:  You can use the MYSKINBUDDY and select the Green Light infusion setting to infuse the healing oil into the skin.  If the skin is severely compromised, you can use the Repêchage® Silver Ball Massager.

 

Thanks to Repêchage, Hale & Hush, BelleCôte Paris, BiON Research Skin Care, and MYSKINBUDDY for sponsoring this article.  

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