How do I know if I have sensitive or sensitized skin?
If you have dry skin, discomfort, redness, tightness, tingling, reactions to temperature changes… you know it by heart! If this list speaks to you, that you have been subject to these small skin annoyances for (almost) always, it is certainly that you have sensitive skin. On the other hand, if you are reading this article because your skin has been uncomfortable for only a few days, you have redness in areas you think are unusual, you do not recognize the texture of your skin, it seems so irritated that it is difficult to take care of it without having the impression of inflaming it, that certain parts of your face peel and that you definitely do not understand what could have happened… It is surely that you are experiencing a skin condition and your skin has been sensitized.
If you are not sure where you fall in these two descriptions, you can do the following test: reduce your skincare routine as much as possible by putting aside powerful ingredients (or even “strippers”) such as vitamin C, retinol, the BHA and AHA among others. After about 20 days, see if your skin seems to have rebalanced itself or if the irritation, redness and dryness persist. If the skin seems to have returned to normal, it is because it was sensitized. If she is in pain after this break, you naturally have sensitive skin.
Understanding the causes of sensitized skin
Sensitized skin can happen at several times in a lifetime and the reasons few
A hormonal change (at the onset of menopause for example)
- Psychological reasons (stress can cause disturbances in your skin conditions)
- Too brutal a change in your beauty routine. Too eager to test the 5 samples you received? You've completely turned your beauty routine upside down for these new little treasures. Sometimes a new product or a change in quantity upon application can be enough to trigger a tidal wave on your face.