by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner.
Sensitive skin is increasingly common. Perhaps you can relate to Holly’s story.
Holly’s Challenge: Allergies and Sensitivities to Scents and Fragrances
Holly liked the idea of going to the spa a few times a year, but she found that her allergies and sensitivities to fragrances acted up whenever she spent time in a spa environment. Maybe it was the nail polish remover that was wafting over from the treatment room next door that bothered her or maybe one of the staff members was wearing perfume.
It’s hard to know sometimes what may trigger sensitive skin to react. We’re constantly bombarded by all kinds of junk in our environment and while our immune systems do their best to keep possible threats at bay, we still might have skin issues and conditions.
Sensitive skin is both a genetic skin type and a skin condition and is characterized by fragile, thin skin and redness. When aggravated, sensitive skin might also show up as inflammation, rashes, spots, bumps, acne breakouts, or a burning or itching sensation.
Sensitive skin sunburns easily and has a tendency for sun damage, hyperpigmentation (spots and uneven skin tone), and is prone to Rosacea. Sensitive skin needs to be treated with gentle care.
Sensitive skin can be easily irritated by:
- Exposure to heat, sun, or smog,
- Skin care products,
- Synthetic fragrances (like from laundry soap),
- Spicy foods,
- Age, and
To care for your Sensitive Skin (including Rosacea)
- Focus on calming and cooling the skin.
- Use skin care products that have calming and cooling ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and liquorice extracts.
- Stay hydrated and drink lots of cucumber water, coconut water, and peppermint tea.
- Avoid irritating products in general (whether you’re applying them on your skin or using other household products).
- Resist the temptation to touch your face.
- Wear daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher for Sensitive Skin.
- Make sure you gently wash your face before bed and apply an unscented moisturizer. In other words, don’t sleep with make-up on!
- Keep your make-up brushes clean and discard expired cosmetics.
- Avoid aggressive spa treatments and procedures, like excessive rubbing, applying heat, or using abrasive or granular exfoliants.
- Make an appointment for a facial with Homespunspa Mobile Spa.
Mobile Spas Might Be The Ideal Solution
The good news for Holly and others with Sensitive Skin is, with a mobile spa service that comes to your house, you don’t have to worry about being exposed to synthetic fragrances in your own home because you have more control over your own environment.
You also don’t have to compete with appointments that might be happening concurrently in the spa. Just remember, when you make your appointments with Homespunspa Mobile Spa, remind us to bring our unscented skin care products (like cleansers and massage oil), not to bring our essential oils, and not to wear any products that contain fragrances (like hairspray and deodorant).
Having Sensitive Skin doesn’t have to slow you down. Just be mindful about what you’re doing and how your skin is responding. Take special notice of how you’ve been feeling lately (have you been angry, irritable, aggressive, frustrated, impatient, or stressed lately?) and if your moods connect with a flare up in your skin. Keep track of your observations in a journal, and once you find what’s working for you, stick with it!
About the Author
Maria Koropecky is a Spa Therapist and Writer who specializes in relaxation and wellness. Maria is currently accepting wellness blogging opportunities so contact Maria today to make arrangements for your blog.