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The best herbal extracts to care for sensitive skin
October 31, 2019
By Dr. Abril D. Preatoni (@dumitie) *
Sensitive skin is not a pathology in itself, but a state of the complexion that generates certain recognizable characteristics such as tightness, itching, burning or tingling. It also tends to look red, scaly, and suffer rashes, oozing and roughness.
It is clearly evidenced by exposure to external aggressions, since it is a reactive skin with low tolerance. It can be affected by the sun (UV rays), cold or excessive heat, cosmetics with irritating substances, soaps that alter pH and environmental pollutants.
Other factors that affect this type of skin are hormonal changes that, in turn, reduce resistance to external irritants. Also stress, lack of sleep and lack of hydration in the diet.
Many of these factors also generate free radicals, which weakens natural defenses. The common denominator is the alteration of the function of the natural skin barrier, generating excessive water loss and facilitating the entry of irritants.
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What can we do?
To take care of your sensitive skin, it is important that you pay attention to the following factors:
As always, it is the first treatment we have. Do not underestimate what we eat! It is advisable to incorporate antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E, and quality vegetable oils. It is also important to maintain good hydration and introduce a variety of vegetables and fruits.
It is not necessary to add much more on this point, it is something that we already know to spare!
Be careful with the products you choose
In addition to avoiding aggressive products, you should use an emollient once or twice a day.
Soap-free cleaners are less irritating, have a more favorable pH and dry less than soaps.
Phytotherapy: herbal extracts
These are the inevitable to take care of the skin naturally.
It has the ability to balance the hydration and normal skin pH. In addition, it has important emollient and softening properties. Protects the skin and has an anti-irritant and anti-pruritic effect, soothing and cooling sensitive skin.
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It has anti-inflammatory and healing effect. This is due to extensive mechanisms of action, among which are the reepithelialization of damaged skin, the stimulation of glycoprotein and collagen synthesis and the potentiation of wound granulation, among others. It is like a fairy godmother of sensitive skin.
Restores hydration by its high content of essential fatty acids, also regulates skin elasticity, producing structural changes in the epidermis, more specifically in the stratum corneum, and exerting a tissue regenerating activity.
In addition, it acts deeply at the level of the dermis, especially in the cells that produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Blackberry Extract (Mirtilo)
It is an undisputed source of antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that alter the complexion. Cranberry extract is an important ally in the prevention of skin aging. It inhibits the destruction of the collagen that the sun activates and thus prevents damage caused by UV rays.
All these products act reducing capillary permeability and fragility, decongesting the area.
– Horse chestnut
– Asiatic spark
– Vitis vinifera
– Aloe vera
And you, how do you take care of your sensitive skin?
* April D. Preatoni is a doctor, phytomedicine student and developer of Dumitié Cosmética, a venture that creates small treasures with extracts of plants, seeds and fruits
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