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Living with sensitive skin is a life-long journey. The good news is that you’re not alone. In fact, 70% of us admit to having skin that is prone to dryness, irritation, inflammation or adverse reactions. From chemical irritants to environmental conditions, hormonal shifts, stress, and even diet, many factors can trigger or exacerbate skin sensitivities. But when skin needs are as unique as they are personal, how can you tell which sensitive skincare products are right for you? We consulted with dermatologists, scientists and experts to identify 5 signs of skin sensitivity, making caring for your skin even simpler.


1. Weakened skin barrier

People with skin sensitivities often have a thinner or damaged barrier layer of skin that allows irritants to penetrate, and moisture to be lost more easily. This is not something you are likely to see, but you will feel it. If you are prone to discomfort, like stinging or burning sensations when using products not designed for sensitive skin, chances are you have a damaged or fragile skin barrier.

2. Irritation

Redness, itching, burning, stinging – sensitive skin can be prone to all sorts of unpleasant sensations. Irritation is one of the most frequently reported and bothersome signs of sensitive skin. Sometimes you’ll see it, other times you’ll feel it. Either way, you’ll want to avoid and soothe it by selecting the right sensitive skincare products for you. Roughness

Flaky, dull, patchy and uneven skin texture is a visible sign of sensitive skin. Such irregularities affect overall skin quality and can lead to discomfort and distress. Roughness usually goes hand in hand with dryness.

3. Tightness

The sensation that your skin is taut, stretched and strained is a feeling those with sensitive skin know all too well. Tightness is an indicator that your skin lacks moisture and hydration, and is uncomfortable if left untreated.

4. Dryness

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Dry skin is commonly both a visible and sensorial indicator of sensitive skin. A weakened skin barrier creates an ineffective seal on the skin’s surface, which allows more moisture to be lost. The right sensitive skin products and hydration can help to restore your skin’s luster.

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