Those with skin that is easily prone to irritation and reaction may be dealing with sensitivity.
The severity can range from a slight burning sensation and redness to a full allergic reaction with hives or a rash. A variety of environmental conditions such as pollution, sun exposure and fluctuating weather conditions are amongst some of the reasons why skin can become sensitive. Certain products that have harsh ingredients, incompatible ingredients or are being used incorrectly can also contribute to the sensitisation of the skin. These factors can weaken the natural skin barrier, which opens it up to bacteria and other aggravations.
Of course, some people are simply born with more sensitive skin. Many Koreans in particular identify with having sensitive skin, possibly worsened due to the pollution levels. To respond to this, Korean brands have created some of the most innovative products that are highly effective, yet still remain skin-friendly. Concentrations of active ingredients are often lower than those of Western brands, with harsh chemicals usually being avoided. Mild formulations with natural calming and soothing ingredients have helped earn K-beauty’s badge as one of the leaders in skincare, especially for those with sensitive or sensitised skin.
*Make sure to always patch test any new skincare products to eliminate any that don’t agree with your skin ASAP.
Best ingredients for sensitive skin include Centella Asiatica Mugwort Ceramides Aloe Licorice
Ingredients to avoid include Dyes Fragrances Parabens Alcohols Preservatives Sulfates Phthalates Strong acids Coconut oil Lanolin Essential oils Isopropyl palmitate