Essential Oil Guide: Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin is easily inflamed, and have to deal with redness and irritation. There are several types of sensitive skin:

  • Acne type sensitivity: Individuals developing mild to severe breakouts. 
  • Burning & Stinging: Mild to severe stinging and burning sensations during the application of skin care products. Exposure to cold, heat, wind, and other types of environmental stimuli will often produce similar symptoms.
  • Contact dermatitis and irritant dermatitis: Facial redness and recurrent scaling as a result of exposure to allergens and various other irritants. This is caused by skin barrier damaged that loses its protective ability and allowed damaging chemical to penetrate the skin.

What Essential Oils Should I Use For Sensitive Skin?

For sensitive skin type, look for essential oils that do not contain synthetic chemical, alcohol and fragrances. Essential oils that are gentle, soothing and calming are the best for sensitive skin.

Rose (more info | product) – Great to soften dry and sensitive skin, may reduce redness and irritation
Chamomile (more info  |  product) – Reduce redness and irritation
Lavender (more info | product) – Soothe and calming, helps reduce itchiness
Neroli (more info | product) – Reduce redness and irritation and to help with broken capillaries

What Skincare Products Should I Use For Sensitive Skin?

Calm irritable skin with calendula oil, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties to prevent acne and reduce skin redness, and Vitamin A to reveal a healthy, new layer of skin. Avoid using skin care and cosmetic products that have alcohol, harsh exfoliants, sodium lauryl sulfate, petrochemicals, acids or synthetic fragrances that can irritate the skin.

When using new products, always run a patch test before applying them as a way to check for sign of irritation or redness. 

How to run a patch test?

Step 1: Apply a small amount of product onto the side of your neck.
Step 2: Wait at least 24 hours to see if there is any reactions.

What reactions to look out for:
  • Small, bumpy spots
  • Itchy or mild burning sensation
  • Breakouts
  • Redness

Additional Tips for Sensitive Skin

Start the day with a glass of lemon water as it contain Vitamin C and other antioxidants that help combat free-radical damage and purges toxins from the blood. This keep the skin glowing and free from acne, wrinkles and other skin problems.

Keep away from the sun directly as much as possible as too much heat damages skin cells and can often cause skin rashes and diseases. Avoid the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun by applying sunscreen with high SPF.