Andrea’s sensitive skin story: “I was very, very sceptical, but….
Andrea struggled for years to find a skincare routine that could effectively soothe and calm her reactive skin. But everything changed when she discovered Essentials.
If you have sensitive skin, you know how frustrating it can be to find products that won’t trigger irritation and will actually make a noticeable difference to the health and wellness of your skin.
When it comes to inflamed and sensitive skin, it’s crucial to take steps to rebuild the skin barrier. This protective layer acts as a shield to external aggressors and helps retain moisture. An effective daily skincare routine is essential for a healthy and functional skin barrier.
By using ingredients that work together to heal, repair, and protect, you can restore the integrity of weakened skin. Our Essentials range of 99% natural dermatologist-approved products is specially designed to soothe and calm sensitive skin while strengthening the skin barrier.
In this Skin Edit, we’ll explore the unique challenges of sensitive skin on the body, from psoriasis flare-ups to eczema itch, rosacea redness, and stretch marks. We’ll also dive into the benefits of using our Essentials Body Duo, which combines a gentle Body Wash with nourishing Body Lotion to deliver long-lasting hydration and relief from dry, itchy skin.
Let’s find out whether the Essentials Body Duo will help tackle your specific sensitive skin goals.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterised by red, scaly patches on the skin, caused by a combination of immune system activation, genetics, environmental triggers and stress. It is often difficult to get to the root cause of psoriasis, which is why daily management with topical skincare products is critical.
Essentials creams are formulated with niacinamide, a potent ingredient clinically proven to improve the appearance of psoriasis-prone skin by reducing redness, dryness, and scaling. Tiger Grass, another key ingredient in Essentials products, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe and calm irritated skin. With clean formulations free from harsh chemicals and skin irritants, Essentials is the perfect choice for anyone looking to manage their psoriasis symptoms and keep their skin healthy and hydrated.
For those with eczema, daily hydration is critical to restoring the skin barrier function and reducing irritation and itchiness. An effective daily eczema cream should combine three categories of hydrating ingredients: emollients, humectants, and occlusives. Emollients such as shea butter, oat kernel extract, and avocado oil work by filling in the cracks in dry skin and restoring natural fats. Humectants like aloe, glycerin, and capryl glycol draw moisture into the skin and work well with emollients. Occlusives such as coconut oil and plant-derived oils form a protective barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss and keep hydration where it belongs – inside the dermis.
To build a complete routine for eczema, choose products for washing and moisturising that work well together, and avoid known irritants. This will reinforce daily hydration, restore the skin barrier function, and reduce irritation and itchiness.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, and visible blood vessels on the face. Dermatologists advise that the best way to prevent flare ups is to avoid potential triggers, including irritating ingredients found in many popular skin care products. Stick to gentle formulations that are dermatologist-approved and designed for sensitive skin concerns.
When developing a Rosacea-friendly skincare routine, niacinamide is an excellent ingredient to look for. Niacinamide demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help ease redness seen in acne, rosacea, eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions. It is increasingly being used as a first line treatment in Rosacea, alongside other ingredients such as avocado oil, due to their anti-inflammatory benefits.
Dry, itchy, sensitive skin can be a frustrating and often painful problem. To soothe and relieve these symptoms, it is important to choose topical skincare products that can provide long-lasting relief while also strengthening the skin barrier. Essentials non-greasy formulas contain deep-penetrating, hydrating ingredients that work together to deliver long-lasting hydration to dry skin. Tiger Grass, a potent antioxidant, calms inflammation and supports wound healing, while Shea Butter is a natural fat that hydrates deep into the dermal layers and has anti-inflammatory properties. Oat Kernel Extract is a nutrient-rich emollient that softens and soothes the skin and delivers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. By incorporating these ingredients into your daily skincare routine, you will achieve lasting hydration for dry, itchy, sensitive skin.
Reducing acne scars and stretch marks can be difficult, but with the right ingredients, it is possible to improve the appearance of these skin concerns. Tiger Grass helps repair and protect the skin against environmental stressors. Avocado oil, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, is easily absorbed by the uppermost layer of the skin, where it accelerates wound healing and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that helps reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne.
Additionally, Avena Sativa (oat kernel extract) contains saponins that help gently exfoliate the skin, promoting the growth of new cells and diminishing the appearance of pustules and pimples. By using skincare products that contain these ingredients, you can improve the texture and tone of your skin, leaving you feeling more confident and comfortable with its appearance.