Organic Skin Care for Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin is extremely reactive and easily irritated. One in ten adults (and over 50% of Pai customers) suffer from skin sensitivity.

All Pai products are suitable for sensitive and even hyper-sensitive skin types.

Please visit our Sensitive Skin Care category for a list of products suitable for very sensitive skin or contact us for advice.

What causes sensitive skin?Unfortunately there is no single cause which can make it hard to manage.Common triggers are:

  • Allergies
  • Chemicals in toiletries: synthetic preservatives and fragrances.
  • Diet: certain¬†additives in processed foods can stimulate the body’s inflammatory pathways.
  • Stress
  • Medication
  • Environmental factors: extreme heat/cold, pollution and airborne allergens such as pollen.
  • Hormone fluctuations: many women develop skin hyper-sensitivity after coming off the contraceptive pill or during/after pregnancy.
Which chemicals should you avoid?Only use natural products that contain no chemical ingredients or alcohol.Always read the label and look out for:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: a detergent found in most shampoos and body/face washes. It is not only an irritant but also weakens the skin’s natural barriers making it thinner and more penetrable.
  • Propylene Glycol: this chemical is used as a hydraullic fluid and industrial antifreeze so it’s not surprising that our skin can react badly to it.
  • Paraben preservatives: methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl.
  • Formaldehyde-based preservatives:
    imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.
  • Artificial fragrances: often referenced on ingredient lists as “Parfum”.
  • Alcohol: a leading trigger of skin flare-ups and rosacea.

Sensitive & Hypersensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is reactive and is easily irritated by harsh ingredients such as chemical detergents, fragrances and preservatives.

It is also often thinner which is why it is more susceptible to these external triggers.

Reactions can vary from person to person but can be characterised by itchy rashes on the face and body or isolated sore, flaky skin patches.

Pai products are formulated with sensitive and allergy-prone skin in mind.

They contain a host of natural anti- inflammatories and skin-healing ingredients that work to calm and strengthen skin and help it to recover its natural balance.

Acne prone skin is very sensitive and can be irritated by alcohol, detergents and synthetic chemicals.

Oily and Combination skin is characterised by enlarged pores, shiny t-zone, blackheads and general skin congestion.

Non-Comedogenic MoisturisingOur advanced formulations contain a blend of carefully selected plant extracts which rebalance the skin, even out skin tone and have mild anti-bacterial properties.

Our moisturisers are free from beeswax which is comedogenic (pore blocking).

The combination skin moisturiser contains Geranium, which naturally rebalances skin, and Thistle oil which aids absorption and reduces enlarged pores.

We recommend using a moisturiser in the morning only and not before bed – allowing your skin to breathe and rebalance naturally overnight.

CleansingA gentle but regular cleansing regime is important for oily/combination skin types.

Use our Camellia & Rose hydrating cleanser with our exfoliating muslin cloth to lift away dirt and dead skin, to unblock pores.

Avoid foaming face washes as these contain harsh detergents which strip the skin of its natural oils.

This results in an overproduction of sebum which blocks pores and can trigger breakouts.

Xeroderma, or Dry skin, can be sensitive and uncomfortable, and if left untreated, can lead to increased and more pronounced wrinkles.

Common symptoms include dry patches, tautness, itchiness and cracks or peeling. It is often the result of the use of harsh soaps and products containing detergents, alcohol and chemical irritants.

Facial Moisturisers for Dry SkinOur range of organic moisturisers contain excellent natural skin conditioners, emollients and vitamins that leave skin soft, supple and radiant.

For skin that is dry and sensitive we recommend using our Avocado & Jojoba Daily Hydrating Cream.

Our Macadamia & Rose Cream is ultra nourishing and suitable for more mature skin. It is also suitable to be used as a night cream.

Hydrating Facial CleansingCleaning your face does not have to leave it feeling parched and taut – avoid foaming face washes and opt instead for a detergent-free cleansing cream like our Camellia & Rose Cleanser.

It gently lifts away dirt and make-up and leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated.

Delicate Eye AreaTo smooth fine lines and prevent new ones from appearing, use our Echium Anti-Ageing Eye Cream once a day.

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