It's summer, Yay! Time to meet up with friends after work, picnic with the family in the grass, lounge in the garden with a cool glass of Pimms...
But then it happens, oh no! That dreaded sensitive skin, reacting with the heat, going red, becoming inflamed, ruining your good time.
So why is this happening? What is it that is trying to prevent you from enjoying the sun? Well there are various things that can cause skin sensitivity, they could be internal (things going on within us) or external (our environment, things that we are or expose ourselves to).
However our sensitivity manifests itself (itching, stinging, redness or burning) the common thread seems to be inflammation. Let's look at the various types...
Immunogenic inflammation - this is triggered by the immune system and is set off by foreign substances such as, pollen or artificial fragrance's.
Neurogenic Inflammation - triggered by the nervous system. This is a reaction to environmental chemicals or physical or emotional stress.
Loss of protective barrier - This could be due to excessive exfoliation (this should be limited to 2 times a week), the use of certain soaps or psychological stress.
So what can we do to help reduce these breakouts of irritation? Well we recommend the Dermalogica Ultracalming range, designed to combat these specific problems, it's ultracalming complex is clinically proven to control inflammation.
The key ingredients within the Ultracalming range are:
Aids neurosensitive skin by reducing painful sensations.
Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract
Targets neurogenic inflammation, restores tissue integrity and soothes to restore skin's normal sensitivity level for immediate and long-lasting effects.
Avena Sativa extracts
Natural anti-irritant and anti-redness properties.
Ginger Extract and Bisabolol
Work synergistically to help reduce redness and irritation.
Ideally you should cleanse your face morning and night with a lotion cleanser that contains antioxidants that hydrate the skin (Dermalogica's Ultracalming Cleanser). Follow this with a calming moisturiser. All Dermalogica Ultracalming moisturisers contain an SPF. This means you don't have to double up once you've moisturised with an additional sunscreen.
If you do choose to use an additional sun protector, it is imperative that you know the difference.
Chemical sunscreens - These create a chemical barrier that absorb the sun's rays before they hit the skin.
Physical sunscreens - These reflect the sun's rays off of the skin.
Beware of the chemical sunscreens as they can cause sensitive skin to react. Ideally opt for a physical sunscreen (especially if you're prone to rashes). These contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide which are key ingredients to look out for. The Ultracalming moisturisers have the added benefit of being broad spectrum protectors, these will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and are therefore ideal all year round.
Don't forget to protect your eyes, use Dermalogica's Ultrasmoothing eye serum and then put on your sunglasses and hat for further protection.
If you choose your skin care wisely there is no reason why that glass of Pimms in the garden should elude you.
For added information on skin safety in the sun read our feature on Tanning safely.