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Day 1: Sensitive skin 101

Over the next two weeks the #LIVEMORE team and Dr. Lebar, a sports medicine doctor and nutritionist, will be giving you various health, fitness and beauty tips to teach you the ins and outs of sensitive and sensitized skin. Welcome to our sensitive skin program!

Do you ever tell people your skin is sensitive because you tend to turn red or get rashes easily? Your skin could be naturally sensitive, but it could also just be allergy-prone, or sensitized/intolerant. To kick-off our sensitive skin program, Dr. Lebar is going to reveal what sensitive skin truly is. This knowledge is the first step towards better understanding your own skin and learning how to make it stronger! Keep reading to determine what level of skin sensitivity you have…

Sensitive skin type 1: hereditary sensitive skin

According to Dr. Lebar, “true sensitive skin is a rare condition that is often hereditary.” A person with naturally sensitive skin is born with it and lives with it for his or her whole life. The major telltale signs that you have sensitive skin are: it’s thin, dry, often feels tight, and is very reactive to external elements, like the wind and extreme hot and cold temperatures. Oftentimes people with sensitive skin have very fair complexions that look flushed on a regular basis. Dr. Lebar explains that “the redness is due to disruptions in microcirculation. Due to this, lots of people with sensitive skin are also susceptible to skin conditions, like rosacea.”

Sensitive skin type 2: allergy-prone skin

Allergy-prone skin is skin that reacts each time it comes into contact with a specific allergen. This could be an ingredient in a skincare product, essential oils, or something like a metal (nickel, for example). Whenever the body encounters this “invader”, red patches on the skin, extreme itchiness (sometimes in the form of eczema), breakouts, and inflammation temporarily result.

Sensitive skin type 3: sensitized, intolerant skin

Sensitized or intolerant skin overreacts to external aggressions, causing blotchiness, tingling feelings and, on occasion, itchiness. This type of sensitive skin develops over time. Dr. Lebar cites stress as one of the major culprits, and anyone can develop sensitized skin at some point in their life, no matter what his or her skin type is – oily, combination, normal or dry. When your skin becomes intolerant, it no longer supports a majority of skincare ingredients or products. In Europe 63% of people claim to have sensitive skin, but in reality most of them have sensitized intolerant skin rather than true sensitive skin.

It’s important to note that there are varying degrees of sensitive skin. However, no matter what kind of sensitive skin you have one thing’s for certain: you need to learn how to properly care for it. For the next couple weeks we’ll be providing you with a holistic sensitive skin program to help you make your sensitive skin strong!

Tomorrow we’ll be revealing the first step towards better skin: understanding how your personality could be contributing to your sensitive skin!

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