It’s a fact: when your skin feels good, you feel good. When you suffer from sensitive skin issues, it can often impact every aspect of your day-to-day life and wreak havoc on your self-esteem. Because of this, we've worked tirelessly since 1988 to create nourishing, cruelty-free, natural skincare regimens to help you look and feel your best.
The Big Picture
Having an obsession with skincare is nothing of which to be ashamed. Your skin is one of the largest and most vital organs of your body, protecting you from harsh elements, microorganisms, and trauma. It also helps to rid your body of toxins and takes a role in producing Vitamin D. When it comes down to it, your skin is extremely incredible and it quietly receives little credit for everything it does daily.
While sensitive skin isn’t uncommon, it is often difficult to find the right products to treat it. The good news though, is that through extensive research, science has discovered that minerals found in rich concentrations are actually the key to supporting and nourishing sensitive skin. But what exactly does sensitive skin entail, and which products contain the essential minerals to treat it? Let’s first take a look at the root causes and symptoms of sensitive skin.
What Causes Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common causes is the use of harsh, artificially-derived products on your skin. What many people don’t know is that harsh ingredients are found in most facial care products, even in those claimed to be “for sensitive skin”. Chemicals and ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, fragrances, formaldehyde, and even beta hydroxy acids and retinoids can cause reactions in easily irritated skin. Therefore, make sure to read every ingredient in your product before you buy.
Other possible reasons for sensitive skin include environmental aspects, such as cold/hot climate, dry air, excessive humidity, and air/water pollution. Internally, sensitive skin can be exacerbated by poor diet, autoimmune conditions, rosacea, eczema, lack of sleep and sometimes even prescription drugs or certain foods.
What are some sensitive skin symptoms?
If you have sensitive skin, you probably already know it. If you frequently experience redness, blotchiness, stinging or tingling on your skin, dry and flaky patches, or rashes, you are likely to have sensitive skin. On a positive note, you really don’t have to endure these uncomfortable, confidence-squelching symptoms for long, especially with the right skin care regimen.
Red and blotchy skin can be caused by many things, with the most common culprits being use of harsh skin products, exposure to cold weather, over-exfoliation, and exercise. How do you fix this? Make sure to keep your skin hydrated, for one thing. Perhaps choose a skin care product that holds moisture throughout the day to protect it from daily irritants such as air pollution, dirt, and grime. If you suffer from redness, you should also avoid aggressive exfoliating and beware of scrubs and chemical peels. These can strip away not only dead skin, but also the tender, newer cells beneath. Make sure to treat your skin with anti-inflammatory minerals and botanicals to ease the redness.
Dryness and Flaking:
Dry, flaky, and tight feeling skin is perhaps one of the most common issues we all face. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated from the inside-out. When cleansing, avoid soap-based cleansers, which can strip away all the natural oils from your skin. Instead, choose a cleanser that lifts away makeup and dirt, while preserving the natural balance of your skin. You should also avoid using hot water to wash your face and opt to wash with luke-warm or cold water. This will keep drying to a minimum.
Eczema and Rosacea:
Eczema is a condition where the skin on the body becomes rough, itchy, and inflamed. Rosacea, on the other hand, mainly affects the face, causing redness and dilated blood vessels. We've heard countless eczema and rosacea sufferers report that when they switched to natural, mineral-enhanced products they experienced unparalleled relief from the symptoms of their conditions. Dead Sea Mud, for instance, has been used for centuries to address skin problems that seem to not respond to any other treatment - the benefits of Dead Sea mud have been documented by our scientists. The minerals within, when combined with plant compounds work toward healing eczema and rosacea, rather than masking symptoms.
Why Go Natural?
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “keep it simple.” When it comes to caring for your sensitive skin, wiser words have never been spoken. With this in mind, it is important to avoid synthetic ingredients whenever possible. Parabens, artificial fragrances, harsh detergents, and petroleum ingredients all can contribute to unbalanced skin. On the other hand, beneficial ingredients that you should look for include all natural salts, muds, and minerals.
Exhaustive research has been conducted over the past 20 years indicating that the Dead Sea, which offers a treasure trove of minerals and elements, can improve the health and vitality of your sensitive skin. We source and use these minerals from the Dead Sea and combine them with proven plant extracts to create the perfect formula for healthy skin. At AHAVA we are united by a common purpose and passion: to discover how to use these natural elements to help you achieve your best, natural skin possible.
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