If you have sensitive skin you know how hard it is to find the right skincare. You can’t just get away with picking up cheap, random creams and make up wipes. It’s time to find out what ingredients can actually soothe your skin!
Honey & Oatmeal
(Not only) breakfast essentials
Have you ever wondered why you can leave a honey jar open and it still stays fresh? It’s not only tasty but also naturally anti-bacterial. “Apart from protecting skin from bacteria, honey can also fight free radicals, which are attacking our skin and causing ageing” explains Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
“Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as it is packed with vitamins, lipids and minerals. This powerful ingredient also helps to locks in moisture and normalize skin’s pH” adds Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at Superfooduk.com.
“Honey and oats have been prized through the ages for their skin care benefits. Honey is healing, softening and anti-bacterial whilst oats are very soothing to itchy and easily irritated skin and provide gentle exfoliation”, says Margaret Weeds at Odylique.co.uk.
Try… Odylique’s Honey & Oat Cleansing Bar (£6.50, www.odylique.co.uk). For the most sensitive skin, this soap bar is hand-made with organic ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil and nourishing butters. Being naturally rich in moisturising glycerine, means it is extremely gentle and non-drying.
New Kid on the block
Dr Roger Henderson, GP with a special interest in Dermatology adds, “Long used by Australian Aborigines as a traditional healer for skin problems and wounds this medicinal plant has no adverse effects from prolonged use. With exclusively natural ingredients I am happy to recommend it to soothe and calm irritated skin.”
Try… Skin Balm, What Skin Needs (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99), which is designed to provide effective solutions to skin problems including irritation from warm and cold weather, cracked skin, dry skin, and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. Supported by a blend of natural extracts and essential oils including not only Plantolin but also aloe vera, olive oil, myrrh, lavender oil, tea tree oil and geranium oil.
“Coconut oil is a great massage oil as well as an intensive moisturizer for all skin types. Easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, it conditions, moisturizes and softens the skin. It also has anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which can help to treat acne and eczema” explains Katie Torode, Janjira skincare expert.
Try… What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £9.99). Enriched with plant extracts and Vitamin E, this light, non-greasy formula nourishes and protects the skin. This high-potency formulation is designed to deliver essential nutrients and to replenish lost moisture.