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Best Tips for handling Sensitive Skin

How can I test a new product to see if it is safe for me to use?

The best thing is to check the ingredients and ensure they are free from harsh preservatives, synthetic chemicals and anything that you know you are allergic or sensitive to.  We believe that choosing genuinely natural or organic products (look for certification) will help you to avoid these harsher preservatives and synthetic chemicals. If possible, purchase…

What household products should I be using and avoiding?

Many people have chemical sensitivities; asthma, allergies and the like.  So use products that are free from synthetic chemicals.  You can also get anti-allergy sprays and water filters for your home.  A really good resource for everything from cleaning fluids to anti-mold products, allergy sprays etc is https://www.healthy-house.co.uk.

Can I have a test to see if my skin is sensitive and why?

If you are not sure if your skin is sensitive, it probably isn’t.  Those with sensitive skin suffer regular irritations, dermatitis, eczema flare-ups and the like.  If you are sensitive your GP may refer you to a skin specialist to test for allergies, but with NHS budget cuts, he or she is only likely to…

How can I stop my skin breaking out?

If you are prone to teenage acne, there are many things you can do to help, but nothing will totally prevent the occasional break-out, as this could be due to hormonal changes going on in your body and will end naturally once your hormones are balanced again. Cleanse, using a simple cleanser like our Purifying…

What is a good moisturizer to use on my face?

We would always recommend a moisturiser that is natural or organic and therefore free of synthetic chemicals.  Next, you have to consider you skin type. If it is dry, choose a rich moisturiser with ingredients such as shea butter or macadamia oil.  If it is normal to oily then choose a lighter one.  Also remember…

Are products labelled hypoallergenic safer for my skin?

We are sorry to say – no.  Products labelled hypoallergenic may still contain quite strong preservatives and other ingredients that you may react to.  It all depends on your skin type and what you are allergic too.  Be vigilant, read the labels, especially the ingredient lists and avoid anything with parabens or Methylisothiazolinone. Check make-up…

What causes skin reactions?

Many different things can cause your skin to react: food allergies, contact with something that you are sensitive to, even excessive heat or cold.  For example, you may be sensitive to the washing powder you are using, your shampoo, or any other personal product. Commonly, your skin may turn red, itch and crack. Symptoms vary…

What is the best body wash for sensitive skin?

Choose a body wash that is free from sulphates and has some moisturising factor in as well if you skin is also dry.  There are many types of sulphates and quite a lot of controversy about whether they are harmful or not.  However, if you have sensitive skin it is certainly best to avoid Sodium…

How do I know if a product will suit my skin?

The best thing is to check the ingredients and ensure they are free from harsh preservatives and chemicals. This will be easier if you choose natural or organic products. However, even products with pure ingredients may contain something you are allergic to. so purchase a trial or sample size then do a patch test.  To…

I have very sensitive skin – which ingredients should I avoid?

Here is a basic list of ingredients that we tend to avoid and you may wish to as well. You certainly wouldn’t want to eat or drink them so it is probably wise not to put them on your skin either. Remember, what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body. Think skin…

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