Pollution, harsh weather conditions, hormones playing up... All these factors can take a toll on your skin. It needs to be given special care, so it can feel soft and comfortable again. We give you some tips and advice on how to soothe and calm sensitized skin, with long-lasting results.
Identify the source of your skin's sensitivity
The first step to caring for sensitized skin is finding out what's making it uncomfortable. Many factors can reduce the skin's tolerance levels.
The environment. Pollution, sunshine, wind, air conditioning, sudden changes in temperature, etc. Every day, the skin is exposed to harsh environmental elements, and if its hydrolipidic film isn't strong enough, it will inevitably become more sensitive.
Internal factors. Your skin is an external organ that reflects your internal health, and factors such as stress, emotions, fatigue, smoking, diet, and hormonal changes can affect it directly.
Hygiene. An unsuitable skincare routine and harsh formulas may also disrupt your skin's balance.
Adopt good lifestyle habits
When your skin loses its balance, it can be incredibly difficult to get it back on track. This isn't very surprising when you consider the large number of factors that can upset your skin. It's essential to deal with each of them if you want your skin to be soothed and healthy again.
To calm sensitized skin, start by eating a more balanced diet. Include foods that are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for healthy skin. You should also make sure you drink enough water. When the body lacks water, it calls on its reserves to feed vital organs – and much of the body's water is stored in the skin. This explains why the first symptoms of dehydration are usually felt in the skin, such as itching, redness, and flushing.
Aim to have an optimal room temperature at home, as this will help to maintain and protect your skin's hydrolipidic film (and probably save you money on your electricity bills too!). Don't stay in the shower for too long, and use warm rather than hot water, as the latter can weaken the hydrolipidic film. Once you've finished showering, pat your skin dry with a towel rather than rubbing it dry, as this can damage the skin.
When you're outside, make sure you avoid too much sun exposure, especially when the sun is at its strongest. Protect your skin from pollution by using products that act as an anti-pollution shield, such as our Le Booster PROTECTION. And don't forget about indoor air pollution either! Many of us don't pay enough attention to interior air quality, yet it can have an effect on your skin's well-being. Every morning, remember to air your home out for at least 15 minutes. And do this all year round – not just in summer!
For those of you who like to smoke, bear in mind that smoking dulls the complexion, as it reduces the supply of oxygen to cells. If your skin is sensitive or reactive, here's another good reason to stop smoking: you'll not just help restore balance to your skin, you'll also find your complexion looks so much fresher!
Take a closer look at the clothes you wear. Give priority to natural fabrics such as organic cotton and linen, which are less allergenic than synthetic materials. And while we're on the subject of clothes, try to use an eco-friendly, hypoallergenic laundry detergent. It's kinder to your skin and the planet.
Finally, minimize your makeup routine so you won't suffocate your skin, and look for gentle, certified-organic cosmetics that have a much better affinity with your skin.
Choose the right active ingredients
Ingredients tailored to your skin's needs
Nature is a bountiful source of rich and powerful ingredients, and you'll find many of them in our products! If you have reactive, sensitive, or dry, easily irritated, atopic skin, there are three types of active ingredients you should look for.
Soothing ingredients that are able to calm the skin – and keep it calm. Opt for creams, oils or serums enriched with ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which has healing and soothing properties. There's also Sweet Almond oil, which helps to soften delicate skin, and Blue Daisy, rich in anti-irritants and anti-free radical agents. Linden, known for its soothing properties, helps to restore skin's suppleness, while Vitamin E provides antioxidant benefits.
Anti-inflammatory ingredients, to prevent redness and skin reactions. These include Lemon Balm Hydrosol, with regulating properties, and Helichrysum Hydrosol, which helps to even out skin tone and prevent minor blemishes. There's also Blond Psyllium, which, when applied to the skin, creates an emollient film, and has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory action.
Skin-regenerating and protective ingredients, to help the skin heal, restore its balance, and provide long-lasting protection. You can count on repairing essential oils, such as Fine Lavender or Geranium, or Poria Cocos – an ingredient that helps to restore the skin's barrier function, protecting it against environmental aggressors and reducing reactivity.
La Cure Peau Calme: the skin-calming solution from Absolution
La Cure Peau Calme is a 15-day treatment specially formulated to provide immediate relief for reactive and sensitive skin.
This deep-acting, soothing formula works to reduce redness and restore balance to sensitive skin, strengthening its protective barrier. It has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect, and is also recommended for soothing skin reactions such as rashes and eczema, along with insect stings and bites, and sunburn.
Formulated with natural active ingredients, La Cure Peau Calme harnesses the power of nature, to calm the skin.
- Anti-inflammatory Blond Psyllium forms a protective film on the skin.
- Soothing Blue Daisy extract relieves discomfort and helps to slow down the effects of skin aging.
- The fungus Poria Cocos helps to control inflammation and protect against environmental aggressors.
These three powerful natural active ingredients are combined with a selection of 12 botanicals, which complement and strengthen each other. There's Reed Extract (revitalizing), Lemon Balm Hydrosol (anti-inflammatory), Linden Hydrosol (soothing), Aloe Vera Juice (repairing), and essential oils of Cardamom (invigorating), Helichrysum (promotes circulation and healing), Fine Lavender, Sweet Orange and Petitgrain (soothing).
La Cure Peau Calme should be applied after cleansing the skin. Morning and evening, apply half an ampoule to the entire face or to areas where the skin is particularly reactive and needs comforting care. Follow with your usual skincare routine, using a moisturizer suitable for sensitive skin.