Last week we shared our list of what causes skin sensitivity! Aside from paying attention to habits that may be triggering your redness, inflammation and irritation, you should be looking for skin care ingredients that help target these symptoms! Below we share the best ingredients for sensitive skin and how they can help:
Research has found that one possible cause of rosacea, a sensitive skin condition that results in in redness on the skin, are skin microbes that thrive on the skin. Micro Silver has been proven to be anti-microbial, reducing the bacteria in which microbes thrive. By reducing bacteria levels, this can help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and reduce redness.
Additional research has found that one of the biggest aggravators to sensitive skin and rosacea is a reaction to free radicals. The most common of these are Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS) found in air pollution. Seaweeds are one of the richest sources of natural anti-oxidants to combat ROS, containing ingredients such as phlorotannins, sulfated polysaccarides, fucosterol and fucoxanthins.¹ Seaweeds also help deliver essential nutrients to the skin, as they contain 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 42 trace elements and minterals. The following are specific types of seaweeds which contain properties that are most beneficial to sensitive skin.
Laminaria digitata: This brown seaweed is rich in anti-oxidants, helps hydrate and lock in moisture to the skin and provides anti-bacterial properties.
Ulva compressa: This green seaweed has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the desquamation process of the skin and increases circulation.
Ahnfeltia concinna: This red marine seaweed helps to soothe, hydrate and nourish skin.
Ulva lactuca: This green seaweed is protein-rich, hydrating and nourishing, stimulates synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, is anti-inflammatory and regenerative.
Learn more about the skin care benefits of seaweed here.
Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Ingredients
Lastly, we share a list of natural anti-oxidants found in Mother Nature that can help calm conditions of sensitive skin as well.
A bioflavonoid found in apples, berries, parsley, onions, grapefruit and wine, this has both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, neutralizing free radicals and inhibiting UV irradiation-induced inflammatory response in skin cells.
A potent anti-oxidant, this is a bioflavonoid found in high concentrations in citrus fruit, buckwheat, asparagus, rhubarb. It also helps modulate the breakdown of collagen and improves circulation.
Mirabilis Jalapa Extract
Also known as the “Marvel of Peru,” clinical studies show this alleviates skin discomfort, fades redness from skin sensitivity, strengthens and hydrates the epidermis.
Traditionally used in Indian medicine, it’s a primary component of curcuminoids which exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
Extremely moisturizing to the skin, it is a natural moisturizing polysaccharide present in the skin. This ingredient can hold 100X its weight in water, and has an important role in wound healing and tissue repair.
Suffer from super sensitive skin? You can find these ingredients in our new Red-Out collection for hypersensitive skin and rosacea!