Gentle Effective Care for Sensitive Skin

August 20th, 2014

Those who have sensitive skin can struggle with trying to find effective care that’s both safe and effective.   Top tier day spas understand that pharmacy grade chemical-laden face products can often irritate the dermis leading to inflammation among other visible conditions.   One of the most lauded aestheticians in NYC, Joanna Vargas, long ago chose a natural skincare philosophy that has rapidly caught on globally.   This approach is generally recommended for sensitive skin types because of the soothing age-defying effects that ultimately provide relief.

How do I define my skin sensitivity?

Defining the culprit in these imbalances of the dermis is essential for preventing future problems.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology respected dermatologists, Leslie Bauman, has categorized sensitive skin into four inflammatory conditions that include rosacea, dermatitis (allergies), acne, burning and stinging.  These dermal agitations are recognizable for their discomfort, redness and, often unpredictable breakouts (with the exception of allergies for the latter).

As the director of the University of Miami’s Cosmetic Medicine & Research Institute and professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Bauman notes that about 50% of patients suffer through symptoms from some form or variation of these issues.


What soothing care is best for my skin?

There are many anti-inflammatories on the market that can be challenging to sort through.  However, minimal blends of optimal quality are best in face washes, sera and moisturizers. Gentle cleansing and fine-tuned hydration are critical for reducing dermal stress.  The most trusted soothing botanicals include anti-inflammatory olive oil, jojoba, green tea and chamomile.  In your diet try adding more omega-3 found in fish, rosemary, ginger and turmeric.

What products should I avoid?

Trusted skincare professionals agree that going light on face care products saves one aggravation and self-consciousness of appearance in the long run.  Both aestheticians and dermatologists also recognize the calming effects of natural botanical products.  Eliminating a few basic practices are smart first steps to regulating epidermal function for a flawless and healthy complexion.  Whenever possible avoid:

  • Products with harsh sulfates and parabens
  • Heavy perfumes and dyes
  • Chemical preservatives
  • Switching products or applying to many varieties
  • Face care with high acid content: go easy on the Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

The general rule of thumb is to check in with a knowledgeable aesthetician or dermatologist to consultation to assess the problem and receive a individualized regime specific to your skin type before the discomfort intensifies.  Regular professional facials are highly advised to help prevent recurring issues in the future.

Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…