Exactly what is sensitive skin, what causes it and what sensitive skin care products work?
There are many people searching for anti aging products for sensitive skin. Today would like to look at the issue of sensitive skin care and consider why there are, on the market, a whole range of sensitive skin products.
Sensitive skin care can be a real problem for people with specific skin conditions. There are a range of skin conditions which should be treated by a dermatologist. Whether these skin conditions are a product of “sensitive skin” or not is up for debate however it’s quite clear that there are many skin conditions requiring professional care. We do not consider these here, this is a matter for dermatology websites.
However there are many people who have no specific skin health problem but who still have what they call sensitive skin. There is no formal definition of what sensitive skin is, but it is fair to say that it is as much an irritant or allergic reaction in the skin. Often it results in skin redness, dryness and itchiness and skin flaking.
The most common cause of sensitive skin is an allergic reaction to ingredients in skin care products. It is sad to say but many ingredients in skin care products can actually cause skin problems. It is now becoming well known that many big brand skin care products (and others) can contain ingredients which can be both harmful to your skin as well as dangerous to your health.
Some ingredients in skin care products, (as well as other personal and beauty care products such as cosmetics, soaps, deodorants and shampoos and more) are even “known to cause cancer”.
This problem is now so bad that there are entire organizations set up to combat the proliferation of personal, beauty and skin care products containing dangerous ingredients. Probably the most well-known of these is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Sensitive skin care usually involves switching from products that you may be using now that contain ingredients that may act as irritants to your skin to skin care products and other personal and beauty care products, and cosmetics, which contain naturally occurring, known safe and effective ingredients. There are many anti aging products for sensitive skin and cosmetics for sensitive skin that work extremely well for anti aging skin care and beauty and which do not cause allergic reactions to the skin.
One range of natural anti aging skin care products, which we consider to be the best skin care products in existence, do not even offer a range of sensitive skin care products. This is because their entire range of anti aging products are made up of ingredients that are safe to use and which do not cause allergic skin reactions in any users. In effect all their products are sensitive skin care products because anyone can use them safely, including those who are most at risk of an allergic skin reaction.
There is a wide range of naturally occurring plant oils and various extracts that work exceptionally well as skin moisturizers and work in many other ways to promote optimum skin health, all of which are entirely safe for the skin and which do not produce an allergic reaction for any skin type.
Lets look at some of the ingredients that are using these products and see why they are not likely to cause a skin reaction.
Xtend TK is a new patented ingredient used only in the best skin care products and is in effect the best “secret ingredient” that you can get in top quality skin care products. It is made from the oils sourced from the wool of sheep.
Keratin is a protein found right through your body and also in your skin and is most important to skin health. Xtend TK contains a form of keratin that is extracted from the oils from the wool of sheep. Most mainstream skin care products that contain keratin contain a form of keratin that is extracted from the horns and hooves and feathers of animals and birds by a process using high temperature and chemicals. The results of this is that the molecular form of the keratin is changed and is not useful to the skin.
These products also contain extracts of Phytessence Wakame. Phytessence Wakame is a seaweed found around the coast of Japan which is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals all of which are very important skin health. It is no coincidence that Japanese women eat a large amount of Phytessence Wakame in their diet and also have the worlds best skin.
These products also use a range of naturally occurring oils such as Jojoba oil from the Jojoba nut, Babassu oil and Olive oil. All of these are quite safe your skin and excellent natural moisturizers.
The worlds best sensitive skin products use these ingredients and many more to produce a product that will not produce a sensitive skin reaction and which work extremely well at combating wrinkles and improving skin health.
Now lets look at some of the ingredients found in mainstream big name skin care products that may well be causing sensitive skin problems.
Mineral oil. Mineral oil is a petrochemical byproduct is used as a moisturizer in many products. It comes from crude oil and is extremely cheap, which is why it’s used. Mineral oil is not good to your skin and can cause psoriasis and acne.
Parabens. Parabens are a class of chemical preservatives that are used in many mainstream in care products, cosmetics, personal and body care products. Many people are now becoming aware of the importance of buying parabens free products because of the effects that these chemicals may have on your skin.
According to the cosmetic safety database parabens are linked to skin allergies and immunotoxicity, endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity just to name a few.
Fragrances. Although it seems nice to have a wonderful smelling product most of the effect of fragrances is produced by the use of chemicals. Fragrances are just nice smelling chemicals. The best skin care products have no fragrances at all. According to the cosmetic safety database fragrances are also linked to allergies and immunotoxicity and more.
We hope you’re beginning to see the point. Most cases of sensitive skin are simply a matter of skin reactions to the ingredients used in mainstream skin products. Whether it’s your soaps, your shampoos, or cosmetics or deodorants or skin care products or other personal and beauty care products, most contain ingredients which are irritants to the skin of some people.
If it’s you that has sensitive skin problems you need to avoid mainstream products and select natural skin care products and cosmetics and other beauty products that do not contain chemical ingredients that contain non chemical naturally occurring effective ingredients.
We write this article from a particular personal focus. The authors daughter has had direct experience of the problems discussed here. At the age of 8 she was due to perform her 1st Ballet concert. A short while after her 1st contact with cosmetics her face broke out in a terrible rash.
It was this that prompted the author to start researching the problems with mainstream big brand personal products. What he found was a revelation and has led to this website, dedicated to exposing problems with modern mainstream products and pointing people towards natural alternatives that are safe to use and more effective. Read the rest of this entryWritten by - Natural Skin Health