With sensitive skin so prevalent amongst the Australian population, there is an increasing demand for pharmacies to offer specialised advice and products. Q&A on sensitive skin with Pharmacy Technician Angelique Rambaund.
Q. What do you think are the triggers and causes of sensitive skin?
A. Using harsh products, the weather, or it can be hereditary
Q. What signs or symptoms characterise sensitive skin?
A. Redness, thin skin, atopic skin…
Q. What type of advice do you give customers with sensitive skin?
A. To use dermocosmetic brands, hypoallergenic products and fragrance free formulas.
Q. Why do you recommend dermocosmetics for sensitive skin?
A. Because they are very gentle and take care of sensitive skin
Q. What do you recommend for sensitive skin?
A. In the morning and evening cleanse the skin, apply soothing thermal spring water, and moisturise the skin. Use a lighter moisturiser during the day, with a SPF50+ sunscreen, and a richer moisturiser formula at night time to meet the needs of your skin type
Gentle cleansing is an essential first step for sensitive skin; however cleansers can contain irritating ingredients, such as harsh detergents. Micellar waters can be a good option for sensitive skin as they use micelle technology to gently but effectively capture dirt and impurities. However, not all Micellar waters are created equal. Consider La Roche-Posay’s new Ultra Micellar Water for Reactive skin. It has been specifically formulated without the need for harsh ingredients. The formula cleanses effectively, without the inclusion of soap, sulphates, alcohol, colourants or parabens. Enriched with Glycerin, the formula leaves the skin feeling cleansed, comfortable and refreshed.
After cleansing, a moisturiser is a critical next step in caring for sensitive skin. When selecting a moisturiser ensure it is made for sensitive skin and meets the needs of your skin type without any potential irritants. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra range has a strict formulation charter with minimal ingredients to reduce the risk of skin reactivity. With 0% preservatives, colourant, fragrance, lanolin, parabens and alcohol, the range is housed in Ultra Hermetic packaging, keeping it free from air or contamination. The range offers hydration for various skin types, providing instant and lasting comfort to soothe sensitive or irritated skin.