Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sensitive Skin?? What does it mean...Really?

Ask the Expert: What Does it Mean to Have Sensitive Skin?

By: Celeste Hilling

sensitive skin

I have been told that I have sensitive skin. What does that mean? What type of products should I use?

Most people who say they have sensitive skin actually havechemically reactive skin. That means their skin has a negative reaction to the artificial fragrances, dyes, and preservatives (such as parabens) used in most products. People with chemically reactive skin should steer clear of those ingredients as well as alcohol and benzyl peroxide, which can be drying.

Better options are products with a high concentration of active ingredients because effective formulators tend to avoid an abundance of emulsifiers and fillers that neutralize the active level of ingredients. The key active ingredients for healthy skin include antioxidants, proteins, minerals, and essential elements that not only nourish and treat the skin but also protect it.