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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 and chemicals.  Always choose natural or organic.  Then purchase a trial or sample size.  Then do a patch test.  Even products with pure ingredients may contain something you are allergic to. To perform a patch test, apply a small…

What household products should I be using and avoiding?

Many people have chemical sensitivities, asthma, allergies etc.  So use products that are free from 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 etc.  If you are sensitive your GP may refer you to a skin specialist to test for allergies, but with NHS budget cuts, he is only likely to do this if you have…

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 fairly rich moisturiser with ingredients such as Shea butter or macadamia oil.  If it is normal to oily then choose a lighter one.  Also…

Are products labelled hypoallergenic safer for my skin?

We are sorry to say – no.  Products labelled hypoallergenic very often 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 ingredients list and avoid anything with parabens or Methylisothiazolinone (MIT).

What causes skin reactions?

Many different things can cause skin reactions, from excessive heat or cold to a food allergy.  Also you may be allergic to the washing powder you are using, shampoo, or any other personal product. Use ecological cleaning and washing products and buy natural and organic skin care that is chemical free.

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.  Always choose natural or organic.  Then purchase a trial or sample size.  Then do a patch test.  Even products with pure ingredients may contain something you are allergic to. To perform a patch test, apply a small…

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…