If you find that your skin consistently reacts unfavorably to certain skincare ingredients, chances are you have a sensitive skin type.
Reactive skin is not always an indicator of true sensitive skin, but of something known as sensitised skin. Although this sounds similar sensitive skin, sensitive and sensitised skin are entirely different.
Read on as we take a closer look at these two commonly confused skin concerns and learn how to spot the differences between them.
What is sensitive skin?
The term sensitive skin refers to a skin type that is more prone to reactions and irritation and has a much lower tolerance than other more robust skin types. Sensitive skin tends to flush easily, can run in families, often burns faster when exposed to UV, and involves intrinsic (internal) factors that cause the skin to react.
Can skin become sensitive with age?
Yes! As we age the skins protective layer of natural oils known as the lipid barrier becomes less efficient at replacing itself. As a result, skin cannot hold on to moisture as well, can become dehydrated and more irritated easily.