Using the wrong skincare is the biggest cause of sensitive skin.
Why do you have sensitive skin?
You have a sensitive type because your skin’s barrier function is not performing at 100%.
Your skin has one very vital function: to act as a barrier to the environment. In fact, your skin is a vital organ. Your skin’s natural acid mantle helps stop skin-ageing pollution from penetrating your skin, defends against irritants such as pollen, and stops skin-plumping hydration from leaving your skin.
Sensitive skin symptoms
When the skin’s natural barrier function is impaired, your skin will become extremely reactive. Leave this untreated and you will notice the following symptoms:
- Increasingly reactive and sensitive skin
- Constant irritation which feels itchy, tight and taut
- Redness and inflammation
- Flaky, patchy, rough skin tone
- Dull, dry and dehydrated skin
- Persistent sting and burn sensations
If you take the right action to help rebuild your skin’s barrier function, you will help effectively reverse your sensitive skin symptoms. Your skin will cease to react to skincare. Instead, it will start to feel smooth, soft and comfortable again, looking hydrated, youthful and even.
Which choice are you going to make?
You have sensitive skin as a result of one or more of these reasons:
- Use of harsh cleansing products
- Over cleansing or over-exfoliation
- Hard water
- Excessive sun exposure
- Too long (or too hot) showering
- Swimming frequently
- Low air humidity / temperature extremes
- Stress / health issues
- Hormone changes
- Excessively dry or dehydrated skin
Which cause is the driving reason for your sensitive skin? Can you pick it out easily?
Ask yourself these questions:
Does my skin feel ultra-sensitive, tight, taut and itchy as soon as I’ve used a cleanser?
Did my sensitive skin begin when I moved house? When I started showering at the gym or away from home?
Does your skin feel most sensitive after spending time outside?
Is my skin most sensitive after showering? Do I shower for more than 5 minutes a day?
Did my skin sensitivity begin when I started swimming regularly?
Does my skin sensitivity flare up at certain times of the year?
Do my sensitive skin episodes happen when I’m very busy?
Did my sensitive skin develop when I was pregnant or went through menopause?
Did my skin first become dry, then sensitive?
Understanding the cause or causes of your sensitive skin is the first step to helping resolve it. Ignore your cause and you’ll experience sensitive skin forever more. Treat your cause now and your sensitive skin may permanently refind normal.
Don’t believe these common sensitive skin myths:
At griffin+row, the product development journey always starts with the ingredients. We produce naturally effective skincare, free of harmful chemicals, using active ingredients such as the ones below:
If your skin is sensitive, your current skincare probably contains ingredients that aggravate the condition. How do we know? Because good skincare should be designed to soothe and calm your skin.
Ingredients that help fix sensitive skin
Anti-inflammatory and healing ingredients Ingredients chosen for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, balancing and healing properties, including our signature ingredient, centipeda cunninghamii, which for thousands of years has been used by Aboriginals to treat wounds, burns and inflammation. Hydrating natural moisturising factors (NMFs) Skin used to rely on self-created moisturising factors. In today’s polluted and air-conditioned environment, the skin needs a helping hand. Hydrate contains ingredients that mimic the skin’s moisture-binding natural moisturising factors, therefore increasing the effectiveness of your moisturiser.
Barrier-repairing and conditioning ingredients Ingredients that replenish your skin’s natural lipids, which are required to repair and condition the skin’s natural barrier function. Natural fragrance The fragrance in our skincare comes from natural ingredients such as fragonia, bergamot, sweet orange and rose essential oil. Nothing that will further sensitise your skin. pH-balance Cleanse has a pH-level close to what’s required by your skin. As a result, healthy lipids are not stripped from your skin, as is the case with most other soaps and cleansers on the market today.
Beware of synthetic fragrance in skincare “Fragrance” or “perfume” are generic terms used by manufacturers on cosmetic labels for ingredients that they do not want to disclose. Fragrance was voted the “Allergen of the Year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Artificial fragrances can often contain up to hundreds of different chemicals, any of which can sensitise your skin and cause a reaction. It goes without saying that we at griffin+row do not use synthetic additives and the aroma of our products is derived from natural ingredients.
What do you get when you ask a PhD-qualified research scientist to develop a naturally effective skincare system?
The result is griffin+row, a synergistic blend of the purest plant extracts chosen for their antioxidant and regenerative properties. Developed from the ground up to address the visible signs of skin ageing, including dry skin and skin dehydration.
Why 28 days? – At griffin+row, we would like to give you better skin tomorrow. The reality is that there is no quick fix – transforming your skin takes time and effort, as many underlying causes need to be addressed.
Our skincare takes time to become effective, as skin cells take around 28 days to renew. Within two weeks, people will generally start to see change, but results will get even better over time. Our skincare is not a quick fix, as it supports skin’s natural functions at each level, and provides it with nutrition to slow down ageing.