At some point most of us have suffered from either dry, sore or irritated skin. If you have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find the right skin care routine for your skin.
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As we age, our skin tends to become dryer, the dryer our skin is, the more sensitive it seems to be. The key is finding out what works for you. Fortunately there is help out there. Natural, gentle and organic formulas can often offer relief for sore, tired skin. Of course diet plays a role in our lives the things we eat can trigger reactions just as much, as what we put on our skin. Oh the joy, of finding the triggers! A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will help nourish your skin, such as foods with good fats, like avocadoes. Drinking water, the essential hydrator and a green or white tea could be beneficial too. Yes, we need to cleanse, but gently does it. Keeping the water temp on the cool side is a big factor. The hotter the water, the more irritated your skin will feel. Cool water, and gentle patting motions will make a big difference. As soap can dry out the skin, look for a non-soap cleanser or a soap free cream cleanser. “Hard Water” can also irritate skin, it could be worth looking at spring water sprays, if your skin is very sensitive. If you are having trouble finding the right toner, one that doesn’t sting, burn and turn your face bright red. Try a good quality Rose water spray or mist. Lavender sprays are also cool and soothing in the summer. Most toners have alcohol in them, which can be quite drying on the skin. As always patch test, before you use anything. Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise. Sounds easy enough right? But, when you have sensitive skin, finding the right moisturiser can be challenging. As the seasons change our skin needs do too. Summer brings about changing conditions that affect our skin, including sun damage. As always sunscreen is important. The cold of winter often causes drier skin. Wind, rain, cold air and heaters means our skin needs a lot more TLC. If you have dry skin, look for an oil based moisturiser. But, if you tend to sit on the oilier side of the fence then you might find water based moisturisers are the ticket for you. Now, if you are in the middle with combination skin (where you have oily zones and dry patches) you may want to stick with your water based moisturiser. But, I know you’ve still got those dry spots and come winter, they’ll want extra attention too. This is where our friends the good oils come in. Macadamia Oil I know it might seem a bit much to be using oil on your skin, but it helps balance and moisturise. Cosmetic grade macadamia oil is easily absorbed into skin. High in vitamin E and fatty acids, such as omega 7, it’s light weight and oh so nourishing. Find a good, organic, cold pressed variety. You can use it all over your body, try massaging some into your hair and scalp 15 minutes before you shower. It also works as a gentle make up remover. Like Jojoba oil, macadamia oil mimics the skins natural sebum. Jindilli, Australia have a range of natural skincare products, including: Healthy-Aging Face and Neck Crème, Brightening Eye Crème and Macadamia Oil for your skin. Jindilli’s Hydra Opulance lotion, combines aloe vera with pure Macadamia oil, this nourishing formula brightens, hydrates and calms dry skin. For your body, the macadamia body butters smell delicious. Smooth dry areas with this combination of Australian Macadamian oil and Macadamian wax. www.jindilli.com.au Rosehip Oil If you haven’t already tried rosehip oil, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s up high on my list. I’ve been using it for years and it’s great for dry skin. You can easily find organic rosehip oil and blends with vitamin E in most stores, including health food stores, pharmacies and department stores. This lightweight oil, soothes dry and irritated skin. Full of vitamins C and A (retinol) it’s great to use at night. Try it under your moisturiser and massage some into your neck area. The linoleic acid, oleic acids and antioxidant qualities, all help to moisturise, nourish and protect dry and irritated skin. The antioxidants help reduce the signs of ageing and the fatty acids help in keeping the skin healthy. It can be calming for eczema and dermatitis. Massage into nails and cuticles to help nourish brittle nails. It’s also great at helping to remove make up. A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil, is enriched with omegas 9, 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E to help nourish your skin. Aloe Vera Aloe Vera is well known for its many health benefits. A rich source of vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. It is renowned for its soothing and calming effects. Aloe Vera is a succulent, while it is largely made up of water, Aloe gel contains polysaccharides and glycoproteins. Both play important parts to help reduce inflammation and repair skin. Aloe Vera Cosmetics Australia, produces a range of natural skin and hair care products. Using naturally sourced and local products, their range is specifically formulated for those suffering from dry, sensitive and eczema prone skin. Free from mineral oils, parabens, petrochemicals and sulphates, these creams bring much needed relief to itchy, dry and sore skin.