Sensitive skin can affect every skin type, from dry to oily. The triggers are many and quite varied and can include stress, allergies, pollution, genetics, diet and certain ingredients used in cosmetics (especially preservatives, as I found out last year – Read HERE). In short, dealing with sensitive skin can be a minefield!
How to recognise sensitive skin:
- You’re prone to red, flaky patches of skin.
- Your skin sometimes feels itchy or tight, and you may experience a burning or stinging sensation.
- Your skin is very dry (however, even oily skin can suffer with sensitivity).
- Spicy foods & alcohol make you flush.
- Fragranced products or those containing alcohol have an adverse reaction on your skin.
Thankfully, there are some really great products available for those that suffer with sensitive, reactive skin – the newest additions being the Dermalogica UltraCalming duo that consists of the new Barrier Defense Booster and the Calm Water Gel.
Dermalogica has been really clever with these two new formulations in that they’ve effectively taken the guesswork out by treating BOTH the irritation caused by sensitivity and the dehydration.
The Barrier Defense Booster (R1220) is a concentrated oil booster that works to soothe, nourish and restore balance to sensitive skin. It contains Squalane that locks in moisture and a soothing oat complex that combats sensitivity. It works to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier against environmental assault. Regular use helps prevent irritation before it starts.
To use, you dispense 6-10 drops twice daily (morning and evening) into the palms and rub hands together. You then gently pat over the face, neck and décolletage. You can also mix it with your moisturiser (this is how I’ve been using it), then apply.
My favourite products among the two is the Calm Water Gel (R890). This weightless water-gel moisturiser has the most sublime texture and hydrates dry, sensitive skin. It has all the ingredients you want in a moisturiser like dual Hyaluronic acid technology that works to locking in moisture. Apple fruit extract and glycerin hydrate and soften, while counteracting dryness. A Cactus Pear Extract soothes sensitivity while imparting water binding properties to help support a healthy skin moisture balance. I must mention that I have normal to combination skin and absolutely ADORE this moisturiser. Aside for hydrating my skin, it gives it a really beautiful glow. I’d go so far as to say even an oily skin will enjoy using this.
I was excited to learn that Dermalogica now has a new, personalized tool to help assess your skin sensitivity risk: the online Sensitivity Score tool. To check it out, visit skinsensitivityrisk.com and enter your location for personalized insights about what might cause your skin sensitization, along with expert tips and product recommendations to keep your top concerns at bay.
To learn more about these two products, check out dermalogica.co.za
I have a Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Defense Booster and a Calm Water Gel Up for grabs valued at R2110.
To stand a chance of winning this UltraCalming Duo, leave a comment below this post telling me why you’d like to try these two products.
Please ensure you include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner. I’ll be announcing the winner next week Wednesday 21 March on In My Bag’s Facebook page (FOLLOW HERE).