Have you ever had one of those “heated discussions” with your significant other where it seems like you are simply not comprehending what they are saying, and they are not comprehending what you are saying? Maybe this heated discussion evolves into a knock-down-drag-out fight, and you’re both upset and irritated?
News flash: Your skin feels that way sometimes about you… and if you are being honest with yourself, you probably feel that way sometimes about your skin.
If your skin is looking particularly pink or red lately, it’s trying to tell you something, and you’re not getting it. When your skin is extra red or pink, it’s because something in your body is being stressed or irritated. It could be on the surface, or on the inside. And typically it is a combination of both. It could mean that you are sensitive or allergic to something that you’re putting on or in your body, and it’s imperative you find out as soon as possible so that you AND your skin can normalize and return to your harmonious relationship.
So… Am I allergic? Or just sensitive?
That’s the key question when your skin is exhibiting signs of irritation.
Generally speaking, if your skin flares up when rubbed, scratched or stimulated and gets flushed or pink, it’s probably sensitive to those particular situations or sensitive to climate. Using new products or switching products can also result in flushing or reddening of the skin, even if the products are beneficial! A little sensitivity at the beginning is typical with new products. We all need time to adjust to change, and that includes your skin too. If you are experiencing prickling or the feeling of tiny ants running all over your skin, collagen and cell turnover are being enhanced (a good thing!)
However, if it does not subside over time, you may need to switch products… because you may be ALLERGIC. When you are allergic to a product or ingredient, your skin may flare up and form hives, or your skin may feel like it is burning! If you stop using the ingredient or product, the symptoms subside and go away.
We need to be able to recognize the difference between sensitivity and allergy. Because the skin industry subscribes to a variety of schools of thought, you may have used products in the past that caused severe reaction. Many clients who come to me tell me they have sensitive skin which they likely believe as a result of past experiences with harmful or irritating cosmetics that caused adverse reaction.
Huge Hint: If a product is causing adverse reaction, that usually means the product is not good for the skin, thus caused suffering instead of healing.
At Skin Love, I use Osmosis Skincare products because they offer formulas that your skin easily recognizes and utilizes to correct sensitivity. This means minimal redness and irritation, which is the goal. And for those clients who want more impact from their skin products, Osmosis offers a line of products that are stimulating and come at varying levels of activity to allow most skin types and conditions time to heal and adapt.
Our skin is a direct reflection of what we are “feeding it” and if you feed your skin with a product that is unfamiliar, it will most certainly let you know. But don’t let the dialogue between you and your skin become a knock-down-drag-out fight. Feed your skin Osmosis products, which is like comfort food for the skin (without the fat and calories!) Nourishing your skin with Osmosis allows it to relax and feel content. Once you start speaking the same language, you and your skin are in for a very beautiful and peaceful relationship.
PS! Do you want the IN on Osmosis products? Schedule a skin consult with me today, and we can fine tune a skin routine to fit your needs.