6 of the best ingredients for sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is a challenging condition to manage. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll often feel like it’s impossible to find products that won’t make your face feel irritated, red or inflamed.
To best take care of your sensitive skin, it is a good idea to know which ingredients suit you and will soothe and calm your skin and which ingredients are best to avoid on sensitive skin (the ones that cause flare-ups, rashes, breakouts and any other kind of reaction). When treating sensitive skin, it is important to soothe and strengthen the skin, making it less reactive and able to cope with irritants.
The experts at Skin Virtue have picked the key ingredients to look out for – ones we know your sensitive skin will love. Read below to learn more about these ingredients.
While the name may be complicated, laminaria saccharina is basically brown algae that’s loaded with a bunch of skin-healthy things. A very good ingredient for sensitive skin, it’s known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities.
Laminaria saccharina has decongestant properties that can soothe irritated and inflamed skin. It increases skin moisture levels as well as improving superficial skin imperfections and helps to regulate the functions of the sebaceous glands. Another added bonus? This ingredient also has free radical scavenging action, meaning that it can help slow down and prevent environmental damage to the skin. If you’re looking for where to find laminaria saccharina, try Skin Virtue’s Super Clear Collection for normal to oily skin types.
Edelweiss extract is another excellent ingredient for sensitive skin. This is a plant extract that is a complete all-rounder and provides both antioxidant and skin-soothing benefits. It is antibacterial, anti-blemish, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, free radical scavenger, and anti-ageing.
Edelweiss extract has a positive effect on all oxidative and pro-inflammatory parameters within the skin. For sensitive skin, this versatile ingredient can re-balance the skin’s stress level and provides vital support for the skin’s natural protection power and skin barrier function. As a result, it strengthens the skin’s surface and helps make it more resistant to environmental aggressors. Find this great ingredient in Skin Virtue’s serum.
Another ingredient that is great for sensitive skin is olea europaea – an olive-derived ingredient that provides skin-smoothing, emollient, hydrating, and nourishing benefits. This is an ingredient that has excellent compatibility with the skin and provides skin protection by acting as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant.
It has soothing properties, and its role in the skin further supports the skin barrier function. It is rich in squalene, which makes it very soothing for drier skin types. Check out the Skin Virtue Pure Anti-Ageing Collection to see olea europaea in action.
Hydrolysed elastin guards your skin. It’s a hard-working ingredient that provides a natural protein layer of protection on the skin, guarding it against environmental factors on a daily basis. It forms non-occlusive moisture retentive films when applied topically, alleviating dry and chapped skin concerns. Not only does hydrolysed elastin work as a skin-loving humectant, but its moisture-binding ability means that it can also promote cell growth and help maintain the skin’s elasticity.
Vitamin E is a fantastic soothing and strengthening ingredient that’s great for sensitive skin. Other than its antioxidant, replenishing and hydrating effects, it provides a skin-soothing and wrinkle filling action and helps to rebuild and strengthen the skin barrier function, resulting in less Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL). This implies that not only does vitamin E provide intense nourishment to the skin, but it also helps prevent water-loss by sealing up your skin and providing it with the hydration it needs.
Heard of hyaluronic acid? It is a popular ingredient hitting the shelves in every range of skincare products. Sodium hyaluronate is an ingredient that is derived from hyaluronic acid – it can be extracted and used separately to provide even more benefits for the skin.
Unlike hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate has a low molecular weight, meaning it’s small enough to penetrate the epidermis and improve hydration in the underlying skin layers. It’s a natural skin replenishing, skin-restoring, moisturising antioxidant that helps to make up the extracellular matrix structure. It can reach deep into the layer of the skin to mix with, attract, and maintain water. Sodium hyaluronate can also help speed up wound healing by controlling inflammation and redirecting blood vessels to areas of damaged skin. It is truly one of the best ingredients for sensitive skin.
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With sensitive skin, it's important to take it slow and steady when adding new products to your routine. Introduce products slowly and try them one at a time. When you're trying a new product, observe your skin for any signs of irritation. No irritation means that the product has adapted to your skin and it’s ready to be used in your skincare routine.
Our great skincare strategy consists of three steps: rebuilding and nourishing your skin barrier, customised therapy for specific issues you may be experiencing, and skin cell longevity to ensure your skin remains healthy, bright, and attractive over time and grows with you. All of our collections are made with this in mind, as well as the fact that they are not harmful to the environment or entail animal cruelty in any way.
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