What is a ‘sensitive skin’ moisturiser

Q. What is a sensitive skin moisturizer?

We know only too well what it is like to have sensitive skin.  Breakouts, dryness, broken skin and constantly trying to protect it from chemicals and the elements so is there are holy grail when it comes to treating your sensitive skin?

Many terms are used in cosmetic and cosmeceutical marketing that have consumer appeal, but little medical fact nor meaning. Yet, it is important for you, your therapist or dermatologist to understand the value of such terminology and the associated implications.

One of the most commonly used terms is “sensitive skin.” This wording is found on many products including moisturisers; however, there is no definition of sensitive skin that is universally recognized and no agreed upon testing terminology used to make this determination.  So what we are saying is that every brand or manufacturer or practitioner has their own idea of just what sensitive skin may be!

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Some companies will state that their products are tested on sensitive skin (but who’s and how sensitive was it?). This has some meaning in that some type of evaluation has been conducted, but again the methodology is inconsistent.

A good benchmark is to work with a panel of subjects with rosacea, eczema/atopic dermatitis, and cosmetic intolerance syndrome. Rosacea subjects when caused any irritation will cause increased redness, possibly accompanied by heightened stinging and burning; eczema/atopic dermatitis subjects due to their barrier defects; and cosmetic intolerance syndrome subjects have a history of difficulties with many different cosmetic formulations and demonstrate heightened neurosensory product awareness.

If a panel with these varied skin attributes finds a given formulation acceptable, there is a better chance the product will perform well in the general marketplace.

In summary, products that carry the wording “tested on sensitive skin” have a lower chance of causing problems than products simply stating “sensitive skin.”

Unfortunately, there is no universal definition of sensitive skin and thus no agreement on the sensitive claim meaning.

We can help you bust these myths and find the very best skincare because we have tried it.  Ask our medical experts and our very own @wellageingmaven for advice and recommendations.  Email MAVEN@totallyaestheic.com