No two complexions are exactly alike. That’s what makes it tough to find a product that actually works for a myriad of skin types, tones, and textures – especially if you have sensitive skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 50% of the United States population experience some form of sensitive skin during their lifetime. However, there is no one definition of sensitive skin. For some people, “sensitive” skin usually refers to skin that is easily irritated, while for some, it can refer to rosacea, burning/stinging, and even congested skin. Usually, when we say our skin is sensitive, we’re actually complaining of our skin being sensitized – yep, there’s a difference between sensitive and sensitized skin!
The Difference Between Sensitive and Sensitized Skin
Those with truly sensitive skin inherited it genetically and have been dealing with it their whole lives! Typically, they have lighter skin prone to blushing, asthma and allergies. The epidermis (outer layer of skin) is usually much thinner and carries less pigment, and features blood vessels that are much closer to the surface.
On the other hand, sensitized skin is usually caused by your skin’s adverse reaction to something, whether internal or external. Similar to sensitive skin, sensitized skin experiences tightens, redness, rashes, heat, and swelling. It can be triggered by an entire host of things: stress, diet, hormonal fluctuations, sun exposure, and an adverse reaction to a skincare product. Once your skin has healed itself, sensitized skin easily goes back to its normal state of being. However, if you experience sensitized skin after using a product, you should be cautious to avoid ingredients that cause flare-ups, such as D&C color, parabens, sulfates, and silicone. Yes, you can actually be sensitive or even allergic to silicone. The key here is to take care of your skin and look for products that will love and correct your skin.
Is it Safe to Use a Primer When You Have Sensitive or Sensitized Skin?
It’s a total bummer when your skin is experiencing a flare-up. Obviously, you still want to wear makeup, and may even require it to cover up redness – but will it cause another flare-up? This is a fine line to walk, but this is definitely one of those essential times you should absolutely use a primer before applying any makeup.
Using a primer will create a barrier over your epidermis, basically sealing the area off and preventing any makeup from further irritating skin. It will also prevent makeup from caking into fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. When picking a primer, you’ll want to be sure to use one that’s oil-free, silicone-free, and lightweight – just like Skindinavia’s The Makeup Primer Spray. Not only is it safe for sensitized and sensitive skin, it’s gentle enough that it can be used on the eye area as well. The paraben-free spray ensures you’re never applying too much product, and ingredients include skin conditioning ingredients and soothing aloe vera to keep your skin calm and in control while keeping makeup in place.