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What Does Sensitive Skin Mean?
What does it mean to have sensitive skin? "Sensitive Skin" isn't a clinical term as such. If you think your skin is sensitive, chances are that you may be referring to skin that's easily irritated. Skin discomfort can come in many ways - it's a common topic in the skincare world. Reactions like stinging, redness, puffy, burning, lumps, extreme tightness are all challenges that can occur.
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“We blend ancient wisdom, modern science and sensory delight”
New Zealand is a unique natural environment that has evolved from millions of years of geographical isolation. Centuries of indigenous Maori wisdom guide us in selecting plants native to Aotearoa that have the ability to aid healing, soothe inflammation and restore moisture. We research the latest in skin science to blend vitamins, aromatics and antioxidants, drawn from botanicals sourced here and around the world, to deliver real results for your skin...and delicious reward for the senses.
Drawing on a wealth of botanical expertise, modern scientific research and an abundance of supporting natural ingredients, every Evolu product effects the change it’s designed to address.
Jedes Evolu-Produkt basiert auf einer Vielfalt von botanischem Fachwissen, moderner wissenschaftlicher Forschung und einer Bandbreite unterstützender natürlicher Inhaltsstoffe, und bewirkt die Veränderung für die es entwickelt wurde.
Vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and
water-binding agents are essential to keeping
your skin balanced, youthful and radiant. These
are the elements proven by skin science to occur
in abundance in the botanicals we select for Evolu
We begin by blending these botanicals into nature’s purest foundation ingredient. Evolu creams and lotions are formulated with New Zealand pure spring water to safely assist the natural rehydration of your skin and maximise each product’s moisture-keeping benefits.
Among the ingredients we utilise to replenish nutrients, boost your skin's natural defences and renew its hydration and vitality are many 'superstar' botanicals:
ACTIVE MANUKA HONEY, BORAGE OIL , HARAKEKE, KAWAKAWA , KUMERAHOU , KIWIFRUIT SEED OIL , LENTIL SEED EXTRACT , MONOI DE TAHITI ,ROSEHIP OIL
and more ...
The Lipid Barrier
Your skin will have a tendency to react if the outer fatty layer, called the lipid barrier, is thinning. The lipid barrier works to retain moisture and protect the skin from damage - eg. heat, wind, chemicals, and UV. With a thinning lipid barrier, you are likely to experience dry skin too - hence there's often a correlation between dry and sensitive skin.
With so many toxins in our society these days, it's not surprising that skin sensitivities have become quite common. Chemicals and plastics are in our homes more and more with science now confirming how this can be affecting not just our skin health, but our overall health as well. This is discussed in more detail here
It's surprising the number of people who still use soap on their skin. Be careful with soaps, which can be a harsh surfactant that indiscriminately removes good lipids as well as dirt and sebum. As explained earlier, this will thin the lipid (fatty) layer of the skin resulting in water escaping from the skin more rapidly, making it severely dry.
Use natural, gentle, fragrance-free products
Avoid products with sulphates, colours, artificial fragrances, harsh alcohols, phthalates and consider products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. New Zealand indigenous ingredients such as Kawakawa and Mamaku Fern are good ones to look out for .
Avoid exfoliators that have jagged edges, like apricot kernel, or walnut shell, as these scratch the skin and can be the cause of broken capillaries. Look for an exfoliator with natural and spherical beads that will buff away the dead skin cells.
Ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinoid/retinol (Vitamin A), may all sound effective, but these are intense and can be too harsh. Look for ingredients that hydrate, replenish and retain moisture. A hydrating masque might be a good addition. Check the shelf-life of your products.
As our body ages, its processes slow down. This applies to the skin too, so the skin will naturally thin, therefore drying as well. If you've had oily skin at a younger age, you'll most likely (and happily) find that your skin will have started to produce less sebum. Unfortunately for those with dryer skin, it will become even more so. Try applying a serum prior to the moisturiser to dose the skin with deeper hydration.
The Immune System
If the body's immune system is not functioning correctly, it can misdirect itself to healthy tissues and can cause hypersensitivity and inflammation. Dry skin, eczema and/or a rash can be an example of this. Many rashes itch, such as those that often develop after an allergic reaction, but other rashes can be painful with no itching.
Patch test and take your time
Whilst it can be time consuming, you are best to patch test one product at a time. Give yourself 24 hours as some ingredients may take longer to react. Start under your neck or the inside of the arm, near the elbow, then proceed to the side of the face. Don't use more than one new product at a time, as if there is a reaction, you won't know which product is the cause. If you have reacted to a product, make sure you stop using it immediately. If it's extreme, seek medical advice.