Sensitive skin is an issue that many Surcare customers live with every day. While everybody’s skin is different, a European study suggests that we may have more in common with each other than we initially think. More than half of us in the UK describe our skin as being “sensitive”, meaning that we often need to take extra care when it comes to products and formulas we use. Sometimes we feel it would be easier to list the things our skin can cope with, rather than the things it can!
What is Sensitive Skin?
To help ease and cope with sensitive skin, we first need to understand what it is. While not an official term used by dermatologists, sensitive skin is an umbrella term used to describe anybody with allergic or reactive skin, who is therefore more prone to conditions such as Eczema or Hives.
We reached out to Harley Street skincare expert Dr Adam Freidmann, an elite consultant dermatologist with over a decade’s experience in the field, for his top tips on caring for your skin while you’re out and about.
Dr Freidmann’s Top Tips
Healthy lifestyle, healthy skin – This may seem obvious, but the more you look after your body, the more it will look after you. Healthy eating and regular exercise will boost your immune system, helping you to prevent many of the problems associated with sensitive skin. If you’re a frequent gym-goer, however, make sure you grab a quick shower after your workout, as excessive sweating isn’t good for the skin.
Moisturise regularly – The most common catalyst for sensitive skin conditions is allowing the skin to dry out, which can be a particular problem during the winter months.
Avoid common irritants – such as soap, wipes, and fragrances, which can dry out the skin. Instead of washing with soaps, stick to creams such as Dermol or Aqueous Cream.
Use an SPF – In the summer months, make sure you use a high factor sun protection cream, as this prevents photo-ageing.
Sleep! – Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep; ideally around 8 hours per night. Not only does this keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed, it also goes a long way towards preventing stress and exhaustion, which can have a dramatic effect on your immune system
If you have a recurring problem, or something you’re concerned about, don’t try to self medicate. Go and see a professional dermatologist who can diagnose and treat any underlying cause for sensitive skin such as allergy, acne rosacea, eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.
Harley Street Dermatologist Dr Friedmann says: “Sensitive skin is one of the things i’m asked about most often, especially at this time of year. Cold weather can be a real nuisance, as not many things dry out skin quicker than the wind and cold! When it comes to sensitive skin, prevention really is the best cure, and making a few little everyday tweaks will lead to all of us enjoying happier, healthier skin.”
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