For those that suffer from sensitive or sensitised skin, Dermalogica’s launch of Redness Relief Primer SPF20, $88 as part of the brand’s UltraCalming line is welcome news.
This new facial primer has a sheer green tint (it looks a little like wasabi) but it is invisible when it is applied to the skin and in fact produces a smooth, translucent base that neutralises redness. The silicone base provides a smooth feel and also protects the skin’s essential lipid barrier from further aggravation. The result is a more even skin tone and a surface that is and primed for a more flawless makeup application. What’s more, it contains a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection and skin soothing ingredients of Yeast, Oat and Oat Kernel Oil to reduce the flushed appearance of skin and help calm irritation.
So what is causing sensitive skin to get itself in such a tizz? Sensitive skin is irritated by over processing, dehydration from extremely low pH (2.5-3.5) or high pH (above 8) caused by soap-and-water cleansing, the use of strong AHA products, allergens such as pollen and artificial fragrances, contact with environmental irritants. Even sun exposure and stress can cause inflammation says Caroline Parker, Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand. “The latest research indicates that sensitivity and inflammation is caused by the combination of genetic susceptibility, immune disruption, nerve activity and epidermal barrier function. There are two primary contributors to skin redness. Immunogenic inflammation is where the immune system launches a cascade of inflammation and involves the activation of white blood cells, while neurogenic inflammation is triggered by the nervous system. In both cases, the person experiences pain, redness, itching, swelling and heat associated with inflammation,” she explains.
As it turns out, skin sensitivity isn’t just about your face looking or feeling out of sorts – it can actually result in long term damage. And by that, I mean ageing. Yikes. “Our skin is designed to respond to trauma or bacterial invasion by initiating an inflammatory response, and it’s this acute response that allows the skin to heal and repair itself. When the assault on the skin is persistent or repeated, the inflammation becomes chronic and the effect on the skin is devastating – including the loss of skin strength and support. The term currently used to describe this destructive process is inflammageing,” says Parker.
So what do I think? Well, I don’t really have sensitive skin thankfully, or I wouldn’t be able to try all the products to review for you. However, occasionally I might find that my nose gets a little red and, as I have gotten older I have really found value in primers. They help to minimise the appearance of pores before applying makeup. This primer is lovely and a little goes a long way. My makeup applies beautifully over the top and definitely lasts longer. I adore the fact it has sunblock as it means I can get a polished look and protection in one. Bam!
Do you have sensitive skin? What works for you?