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Did you know that there is more than one type of sensitive skin?

Various studies have revealed that, when asked, more than 75% of respondents stated they had sensitive skin.

Upon further analysis, it seems that a considerable number of respondents had sensitized skin, not sensitive skin. This is much better situation to be in, since sensitized skin can possibly be rectified or controlled, whereas sensitive skin is a permanent condition and can quite often be difficult to manage.

What is Sensitive Skin

Naturally sensitive skin is a skin type. It is genetic. You are born with this skin type and you cannot change it, but you may be able to manage and control it.

Sensitive Skin Characteristics:
- The skin is normally thinner and more delicate. It may be translucent, which is most common in a Northern European ancestry.
- Blood vessels are close to the skin’s surface, so the skin can tend to be more visibly reddened.
- Visible capillaries on the nose and across the cheeks.
- The skin may have small, rash like bumps or breakouts, often on the upper cheeks.

Sensitive skin types may have allergies to food, dust, pollen, or animals. They may also have a genetic predisposition to inflammatory disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.

While sensitive skin is most common in light skin tones, darker skin tones can be naturally sensitive too.

What is Sensitized Skin

Sensitized skin is a skin condition. It is acquired and it can change over time. Unlike naturally sensitive skin, it is not a skin type (inherited, cannot change) and responds better to some treatments.

Acquiring sensitized skin can be cumulative and can change at any time. Main contributors to sensitized skin are the environment and lifestyle factors, such as exposure to sunlight or pollution, blue light, stress, hormonal fluctuations, diet, smoking, alcohol, medications, product usage, disease, and more.

Sensitized skin can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of skin type, skin colour, or racial ancestry. In skin care preparations it is most common that the fragrance (it can be derived from petro-chemicals), preservative and synthetic ingredients are the culprits that contribute to sensitized skin.

Whether you have sensitive or sensitized skin, Skinlabs Direct only uses ingredients which are not known to cause irritation. We do not use fragrances or essential oils, which can irritate the skin. To include the wonderful benefits, which can be forthcoming from essential oils, we incorporate pure organic hydrosols (waters of distillation) of essential oils into our products.

Hydrosols are moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, mildly antiseptic, and are a wonderfully fragrant addition to skin care. Due to their benevolent nature, hydrosols offer a myriad of treatment possibilities when essential oils might be too strong. They are a safe and gentle way for people with sensitive skin, sensitized skin or allergies to enjoy the benefits of essential oils.


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