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New season, new skin problems?

The transition from winter into spring should be a happy time of year. However, while you’re skin may have recently acclimatised to the cold and dry impact of winter, a change in season can spark redness, itching, tightness, and flaking.

Likewise, irrespective of the changing temperatures, there are a myriad of other triggers of sensitive skin. We can also experience times of sensitivity during periods of stress, pregnancy, menopause, long haul air travel and even after clinical facial treatments such as laser, microdermabrasion or chemical peels.

So how can we manage the effects of sensitive skin and prepare ourselves for the coming change of season? Flare-ups can be sparked by use of harsh skincare products, so if you start to notice a change in your skin texture or redness, swap out rich or overly active products with a gentle cleansers, restorative serums and simple, sensitive skin moisturisers.

Here’s some quick tips on how to treat sensitive skin, whatever the season:

1. Avoid harsh scrubs, AHA’s and retinoids if your skin is feeling irritated.

2. Avoid products that contain alcohol, fragrance, ammonium lauryl sulphate and sodium laurel sulphate. These can irritate sensitive skin and strip your skin of its protective oils. They can be found in many skincare products including cleansers, moisturisers and serums, so ensure that you read the label.

3. Avoid hot water and steam, opt for tepid water on the face, neck and décolletage.

4. If the weather is cold and dry, protect your skin by wearing a thicker layer of moisturiser and reapply throughout the day.

5. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Apply a broad spectrum UVA UVB, high SPF sunscreen to protect sensitive skin from harsh UV rays.