A better life for sensitive skin

Symptoms

Sensitive skin and make-up, a love-hate relationship

Sensitive skin is not a skin type. It is a characteristic that can affect all skin types. Whether atopic, dry, normal, combination, oily or acne-prone, sensitive skin is very vulnerable. Therefore, it is often damaged by factors that are usually well tolerated by “ordinary” skin. Sensitive skin can react in many ways—tightness, irritation, stinging, itching, redness, blotches, small spots, etc. all just waiting to erupt. Under such conditions, applying make-up quickly becomes a risky business, and many simply give up.

Causes

The wrong choice of make-up

Sensitive skin is particularly demanding, and does not always tolerate the ordinary make-up products sold in cosmetics stores. As the skin barrier is more vulnerable, this make-up often ends up damaging the skin rather than protecting it.

Treatments

The sensitive-skin beauty motto: make-up = care

To safely rediscover the pleasures of make-up, sensitive skin can find its happiness: hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic formulas containing carefully selected ingredients, with light textures offering both sun protection and long-lasting hydration and which give the skin a beautiful transparent radiance for a fresh and natural complexion.
One new product that possesses all these characteristics and that meets the needs of even the most sensitive skin is Hydreane BB, the first La Roche-Posay BB cream (to be found in pharmacies).

glossary

Skin barrier : The term skin barrier refers to the corneal layer – the upper layer of the epidermis – as well as the hydrolipidic film that covers it. When this hydrolipidic film is affected by a lack of water or lipids, for example, the skin no longer acts as a physical barrier. It thus becomes more permeable to allergens.

Astringent : An astringent has the ability to dry out and tighten tissues. An astringent substance may be used for its antiseptic properties. Inappropriate use of astringent soaps is sometimes responsible for dry skin. If this is the case, they should be replaced with superfatted soaps, specially designed for dry skin.

Hypoallergenic : The term hypoallergenic refers to a product that has been specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions linked to its use. In dermatology, this may be the case for skin creams or cleansers.

Comedogenic : The term comedogenic refers to a product that generates imperfections known as blackheads. A texture that does not block the skin's pores is described as non-comedogenic.

Antioxidant : An antioxidant helps to fight the free radicals that attack the body’s cells. The cells are better protected from the damage caused by oxidation and the skin’s ageing. The appearance of wrinkles can therefore be delayed. Antioxidants are mainly derived from fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, pomegranate, etc.).

Pigment : Pigment is coloured powder that is generally finely crushed and mixed with a binder. So-called purified pigments enable high tolerance for all skin and nail types, even the most sensitive.


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