Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Is your skin feeling emotional?


So, a question from Natalie on the Make up It Girl Facebook fan page got me thinking...

When I used to work in make up and skin care, when you would ask customers what type of skin they had, most claimed to have 'Sensitive skin'. What a lot of people don't realise is that Sensitive skin is not a type of skin but a skin condition.

Now, Natalie is a classic example of someone with Sensitive skin. For those of you who aren't sure if you have sensitive skin, ask yourself if when you use certain products; does your skin get irritated, leaving your skin red and blotchy?

Anyway, back to what got me thinking, your skin is a living organ so I guess it must have feelings. So, if you have sensitive skin, is your skin just feeling emotional? or is it fed up of harsh chemicals, parabens and alcohol based products?

I'm no dermatologist and maybe my Chemistry mates (Parwinder AKA Lady Par-Par and Surveen AKA Binny) can help me with this subject. Do we make our skin sensitive? Is it product related? Is it like an allergy? I personally think we do make our skin sensitive, so we need to try and de-sensitise it. There is a product by Comfort Zone called Skin Resonance that claims to do just that.

If you do have sensitive skin, I recommend you go organic. Organic isn't just some sort of hippy phase, it's the future. Organic products doesn't have any parabens. I just bought some organic chocolate cake today which I can't wait to try. There are some organic skin care products and ranges like Sacred Nature, Badger Balms, Dr Hauschka etc, there are loads around now.

A few tips for those of you with Sensitive skin and how to manage it;

* Avoid alcohol based products
* Use fragrance-free products (therefore no alcohol)
* Check the product says 'hypoallergenic')
* Go organic
* Avoid exfoliators, but Chantecaille's Rice and Geranium is amazing and doesn't have any bits in (really gentle and fresh).
* Maybe you're allergic to something so go get it checked out with one of those intolerance tests.

That's it from me, going to get myself a huge slice of organic chocolate cake!



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