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Skin Care Secrets Revealed: Causes and Treatment of Sensitive Skin
by Kolbjorn Borseth
Sensitivity is a skin condition that continues to grow in interest with 10% to 20% of Europeans suffering from a dermatologist-assessed sensitive skin. In addition, there exist an increasing number of people with self-perceived “sensitive skin”. This number has doubled from 25% in the 1980s to almost 50% of people now claiming to have “reactive skin”. Given this situation, a significant market has developed for Skin Care products designed to target this population sub-group.
In order to choose the right combination of active ingredients to enter this product category, we first need to understand the properties of the skin condition itself. A weakened skin barrier and an increased sensory input will result in overloading our own natural defense mechanisms resulting in a skin reaction.
I believe that an adapted Skin Care Active should have both barrier maintenance and repair properties, as well as an anti-inflammatory or soothing activity. Also, because “reactive skin” has a higher sensitivity, we should try to reduce the reaction probability of the skin itself.
To get an overview of what Aromantic can provide for sensitive skin requirements, I will mention raw materials that are special for that skin type, although that doesn’t mean you should avoid the other raw materials. I hope this helps those of you who either have sensitive skin or make products for people who have sensitive skin.
Aromantic Raw Materials for sensitive skin types
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Apricot, Peach Kernel, Rosehip, Kiwi Seed, Chia Seed, Borage Evening Primrose, and Shea Butter Oils
- Calendula, Marshmallow, Chickweed and Comfrey Oils
Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Neroli, Rose
Rose Water, Chamomile Water, Cornflower
Pink and White Clays
Jojoba Peeling Exfoliating Grains (White) no colours, and Exfoliant Cupuacu (Organic).
Vitamin A (Retinol palmitate), Vitamin E Simulated and Natural and Vitamin C Powder
Active Raw Materials
Allantoin Powder, Aloe Vera Concentrate, Bisabolol, Lecithin, Sea Silk, Squalane, Comfrey Glycerol Extract, Silk GelCosmetic Prebiotic and Cucumber Extract
Cucumber Extract, Comfrey Glycerol Extract, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, NFF Complex (small quantities < 2%), Sorbitol, vegetable oils as occlusives, especially Jojoba Oil
Botanical CO2 Extracts
Chamomile, MarigoldCalendula, Rosehip, Echium, Sea Buckthorn, Blackcurrant Seed
Herbs and Herbal Products
Chamomile, Chickweed, Lavender, Comfrey Leaf and Root, St. John’s Wort
Pearlescent Colours, Blue Azulene, Carotene, Sea Buckthorn CO2 Extract (orange colouring).
Beta Detergent and Rasul Moroccan Soap Clay.