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IS YOUR SKIN SENSITIVE OR SENSITISED

One of the most common skin type/conditions we deal with from day to day…..’Sensitive’ or ‘Sensitised’. Clients must understand there’s a difference ……..

Sensitive skin 

Clinically speaking, sensitive skin describes a predisposition you’re born with. So unfortunatly it’s your genetic makeup. When skin is sensitive, its protective outer layer (the epidermal lipid barrier) is less efficient at blocking irritants, microbes and allergens, and thus more prone to reactions such as flushing and allergies. So as this predisposition is genetic, we can only try to manage with appropriate care.

Sensitised skin 

I sometimes call this self inflicted. Irritability from lifestyle, external factors and over use of wrong products is sensitised skin. Avoiding triggers can REDUCE or ELIMINATE symptoms. Which we will work together to do this, through correct homecare and treatments. When triggers can’t be avoided (think pollution, environment and temperature sensitivity), symptoms can be managed through skin care and lifestyle changes.

Signs of Sensitivity & Sensitisation :

– Thin skin texture with a translucent appearance.

– A feeling of tightness, which can indicate dehydration and lead to skin reactions
from products.

– Redness or blotchiness. This signals over-reactive capillaries or a tendency toward rosacea.

– Visible redness, flaking or cracking on the
cheeks and forehead. This indicates dehydrated skin and impaired barrier function.

– Blushing and itching, or burning sensations, which can also be a sign of
over-reactive capillaries.

– Small, rash-like bumps or breakouts, not to be confused with acne breakouts.

Skin type / condition has a massive impact on the results you will achieve from a professional treatment. Clients may book in for a specific treatment but once we analyse the skin and feel they are not ready for it , we will change the plan (sorry). Whether that involves going 1 or 2 skin cycles on the correct home routine to strengthen up their barrier and/or having a different treatment. We are more focused on getting you a great result and getting your skin to where it needs to be. So if the skin plan is changed go with it, as the only person we want to benefit is you and your beautiful skin, I promise !!!!!

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