While for a long time people thought sensitive was a ‘type,’ it can actually occur across any variation of skin. Here we explain what it is, and the best way to treat it.
The trinity explained
COLOUR #1: RED
The redness in our skin comes from haemoglobin, a red pigment running through our blood vessels. Haemoglobin is made up of red and white blood cells — the red carry oxygen and carbon dioxide, while the white defend us from bacteria and viruses.
COLOUR #2: WHITE
The milky white colour comes from collagen. Collagen fibres actually reflect light, and when we’re young and have an abundance of healthy collagen, our skin glows naturally. This is the glow that makeup illuminators try to recreate.
COLOUR #3: BROWN
Almost everyone has some degree of brown (melanin) in their skin and the amount is dictated by the number of pigment cells you have.
Fair people have few, while dark people have many. The number of pigment cells isn’t important, what is important is that they are regularly dispersed so that the entire area of skin has an even colour rather than patches of light and dark.
So what does this mean when it comes to glowing skin?
TIP 1: UP YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS
Our skin is often an accurate reflection of what’s going on inside.
A healthy diet, full of antioxidant-rich foods will go a long way towards improving your skin’s complexion.
Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting and protect against the sun (both UVA and UVB). They also aid in fighting skin infection, help regulate our immune response, improve blood flow (colour #1) and may increase collagen production (colour #2), thereby also improving skin texture.
Not only are antioxidants very important in maximising collagen production from the cells that make it, but they also act as protection once it is made.
We recommend ingesting as many coloured and varied fruits and vegetables as possible. Sip some tea too — preferably green or white.
By supplementing your antioxidant intake with an antioxidant serum in the morning, you’re helping your skin cope with the environmental insults thrown at it during the day.
TIP 2: AVOID THE SUN
The sun has the ability to cause unevenness in all three colours, destroying any chance of achieving bright skin. It can cause broken blood vessels, patches of brown pigmentation and damage collagen. If the collagen layer is old, damaged or scarred, it will not bounce light back evenly and the skin won’t have that milky glow.
Always use a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen is the single most important step in your Script Skincare routine.
TIP 3: CHOOSE YOUR SKINCARE WISELY
We asked Script Skincare’s product curator what she would recommend to boost brightness?
‘For those that are new to the cosmeceutical world, there are some key ‘brightening’ ingredients to look out for. These include:
- Vitamin B (niacinamide)
- Tyrosinase inhibitors
- Vitamin A (sunscreen is a must)
The easiest way to find the right brightening product for you is to Script it. You can visit us in store for a full skin assessment or take the test online for free by clicking here.’
Script Skincare has an effective list of treatments to help you achieve glowing skin. A personalised treatment plan is necessary to work out the best option for you, so click here to book your free consultation.
Our guide to what causes it, how to avoid it, and if you need to, how to treat it.
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