More and more of us are suffering from sensitive skin. Rashes, redness, dermatitis and flaking will irritate your mood as well as your skin. So what’s causing these infuriating skin conditions and how can you help your skin to heal?

All kinds of factors may be contributing to your skin inflammation and sensitivity. Icy mornings, sun exposure, stress, diet, toxins, hormones and pollution are all guilty. To calm sensitive skin and set it on the road to recovery, start by incorporating these simple tips into your routine:

Be gentle – Watch out for harsh scrubs, exfoliators and hair removal techniques! Sensitive skin should be treated with respect and not rubbed, scrubbed and scoured.

Minimise products – Find sensitive skincare products you love and trust and then keep it simple. Don’t be tempted to experiment with lots of lotions, sprays, makeup and perfumes. 

Test small patches – Whether it’s hair dye, self-tanner or a new body lotion, it pays to be cautious. Try out anything new on a little patch and wait 24 hours to see whether your skin gives it the thumbs up.

Say no to certain aegnts – Some skincare ingredients, such as fragrances and synthetic colours, can worsen skin irritation. Always read labels to make sure you’re avoiding unnecessary ingredients that can leave you with soreness, itching and allergic reactions. 

Avoid hot water – Keep water lukewarm in your bath or shower, as hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Don’t wash or soak excessively either, or you can leave your skin feeling tight and dry.  

Aid healing with repair cream – If you have extremely dry patches, redness or cracks, then your skin needs a little extra help to heal. Cica-Crème is free of colourant and parabens, and its active ingredient Panthenol helps your targeted zones to recover and regenerate fast.

If you’re suffering from sensitivity and inflammation, you’re not alone. Many of us are looking for how to have healthy skin. By taking care with these simple steps, you can give your vulnerable skin the best chance of success.