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Dear Patricia, I have extremely sensitive skin. I have tried all sorts of products but my skin still reacts— I even have trouble with many natural products. What might work for me?
This is one of the most common questions we get from customers. When it seems like your skin reacts to every little thing, finding the best natural skincare products for sensitive skin is no easy feat. If you have persistent redness, irritation, stinging or burning and budgets permit, consider seeing a dermatologist to help you determine what is causing your sensitive skin.
When looking for skincare products, go for the gentlest products you can find. While we have many clean beauty brands that are suitable for sensitive skin, I'd start with Mokosh Organic Skincare which specializes in gentle formulas and offers enormous benefits for sensitive skin.
These superb organic skin care products are not only soothing and fortifying, they work and help your skin feel instantly better. The entire line is free of synthetic ingredients, preservatives, fillers and synthetic fragrances — all things that can irritate already sensitive skin. Mokosh also offers a full range of essential oil free skincare products that are ideal for sensitive skin (another potential trigger).
We reached out to Marion O’Leary, founder of Mokosh Organic Skincare, to get her thoughts on how to calm and care for sensitive skin, the Mokosh way.
Marion is a former medical scientist, veterinarian and pathologist. She started Mokosh Skincare after she came to understand the potentially damaging health effects of traditional skincare formulations.
But first …
In order to pick the best natural skin care products for sensitive skin, it helps to understand what is causing your sensitive skin in the first place.
What exactly does it mean to have sensitive skin? If your skin is easily irritated, or you struggle with redness, stinging or a general discomfort after applying a skin care product, you probably have sensitive skin.
According to Marion, it's not always easy to predict what will cause a reaction. Your skin can be aggravated by various factors including low temperatures, humidity, wind and heat and sun exposure. Paying close attention to what triggers a reaction is the first step to understanding what causes your skin to react. Marion notes:
“We know that sensitive skin is more common in women than in men, and it affects the face more frequently, where the skin is thinner and nerve endings are more abundant. It is not easy to predict what will set off a skin reaction, because different substances set off reactions in different people. Even in the same person, one substance will irritate, while a closely related substance will not.”
If you have an underlying condition like rosacea, you might find our blog on How To Treat Rosacea Naturally helpful.
What’s the difference between sensitive skin and rosacea?
"Rosacea is like an extreme form of sensitive skin, where a red discoloration of the central part of the face eventually becomes a consistent feature. It can feature not only redness caused by inflammation, but papules, pustules and enlarged blood vessels. It tends to cause stinging and pain rather than itchiness. Like sensitive skin, it can be triggered by heat, cold, exercise, sun exposure, spicy foods, alcohol and skin care products. Rosacea should be managed by a medical practitioner to ensure it is kept under control and to reduce the risk of scarring and permanent changes in the skin."— Marion O’Leary
When you have sensitive, easily irritated skin you most likely also have a weakened skin barrier, which is why it is so important to look for skincare products like those from Mokosh that are formulated to help replenish and strengthen the skin barrier. Marion explains:
“Our skin’s barrier keeps out environmental irritants and harmful microorganisms and prevents them from reaching the deeper layers of the skin and setting off an inflammatory response. In people with sensitive skin, the outermost layer of the skin is often thinner, and the level of ceramides, the fatty, lipid layer, is often reduced. These physical changes make their skin more permeable to irritating substances."
Mokosh Skincare products are both gentle and efficacious. The Ayurveda-inspired formulations are designed to work in tandem with your skin to cleanse, nourish and protect. From gentle cleansers and toners, to potent barrier building moisturizers, the Mokosh Skincare routine for sensitive skin will help rebuild the skin’s barrier in all skin types for comfortable, healthy looking skin.
It’s important to remember that everyone responds differently to different ingredients. We recommend patch testing new products before using, and avoid using any products with ingredients that have caused a problem in the past.
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Hot water, soap and harsh facial cleansers can wash away your skin’s protective layer. Instead, wash your face in cool or lukewarm water and try this gentle facial cleanser made with pure plant oils that will leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed, rather than dehydrated & itchy.
If you're not exfoliating, your skin is missing out. This water activated powder gently exfoliates with natural alpha & beta hydroxy acids removing dead skin cells which create a rough, dull texture. The trick with sensitive skin is to use a light touch and only exfoliate once a week.
This lightweight toner has natural calming and soothing properties, helps balance sebum while lightly hydrating. With a pH of around 5, it also helps restore the skin’s acid mantle, a vital part of the skin’s barrier. Spray onto the face after cleansing, and apply your moisturizer on top.
Keeping your skin well moisturized by applying one of these barrier-building moisturizers regularly, once or twice a day, will help keep the barrier functioning at its best. Marion notes:
“Building up the fatty ceramides in the skin’s barrier is extremely important for sensitive skin types. The ceramides become depleted with age and during the winter months, and they are almost always depleted in people suffering from dry skin. Even acne-sufferers, who often have oily skin, can have reduced levels of ceramides and a reduced barrier function. The omega-6 fatty acids can be incorporated into ceramides, helping restore levels towards normal. All Mokosh moisturisers have been formulated to offer a good supply of these essential fatty acids. “
Your choice of moisturizer will depend on the season, your age, and your skin type.
Use as a stand-alone moisturizer for normal and dry skin during the warmer, humid days of summer when your skin needs something light. Layer under Pure Face & Body Cream for a nutrient boost when the skin is particularly dry and or needs something richer.
Omega-6 fatty acids are vital for proper functioning of the skin’s barrier and believed to be deficient in oily skin. Specially formulated for oily & combination skin, a few drops applied to moist skin will keep skin soft and supple without feeling heavy or greasy.
Pure Face & Body Cream
If your skin feels dry try this intensively moisturizing face cream, this is our go-to moisturizer for sensitive skin. It has a light fine texture that makes it suitable for use on face and body. Packed with deeply nourishing ingredients to strengthen, repair & protect the skin barrier.
This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
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Nowadays many of us want to avoid the aluminum and preservatives that come with most traditional antiperspirants and are taking a closer look at natural deodorant. If you’ve thought about using natural deodorant (or tried them in the past), before you assume they don’t work, you should know this —it’s personal.
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