Sensitive skin rehab - my top 10 picks.


It is the season for dry skin. Winter plays havoc with most skin types but it's more than the effects of the colder drier weather that are ruffling our feathers. Sensitivity is something I see increasingly in my clients. Inflammation, irritation and dehydration. Ayurvedic medicine suggests that we have entered our "Vata' dominant life stage - the dry, rough nature of vata can cause dry skin and poorly lubricated tissues. Sensitivity and dryness seem to go hand in hand at our age.

Given we over-40's grew up in the era of harsh-chemicals-in-our-skincare, stripping skin of all it's resilience it's not surprising that here we are years later with sensitised skin. Even those (like me) who can generally tolerate high doses of active ingredients are the owners of newfound sensitivity.

Photo credit: The totally incredibly captivating talent, Vanessa Davis aka The Skulltress

So ladies, it's time for sensitive skin rehab.

My top 10 favourites for nurturing and rehabilitating your skin to plump, delicious health through providing the nutrition your skin needs (along with some awesome potent active ingredients for us pro-ageing advocates who want to look more youthful!)

CLEANSE

OCINIUM BIO-FERMENT ENZYME CLEANSER $70 for 100ml

Ocinium certified organic Australian cosmeceutical brand provides potent formulations designed for real change in your skin. This boutique organic skincare line is created by a naturopath and cosmetic chemist with a deep understanding of what skin needs to function optimally.

OUR VERDICT These products pack a punch. This cleanser is heaven. It's luxurious, silky and moisturising yet loaded with AHA's and papain enzymes which gently slough away dead skin cells. I love using it. Great for all skin types.

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SIMPLICITE SUNDEW CLEANSING MILK

$63.20 for 250ml

The Founder os Simplicite, an Australian family-owned brand of 25 years, is a clinical naturopath who spent years treating skin cancer and sun damaged skin at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. All Simplicite products use highly concentrated, plant-derived ingredients that are medicinal grade, OGA certified organically grown, or handpicked in the wild. These guys are legit. What makes Simplcite truly unique, is that the business owners are so accessible. Robin Lyons - one of the owners of Simplicite - is on the end of the phone to guide you through what you need. This access and service is dead-set bloody amazing.

OUR VERDICT Sundew Cleansing Milk is a gentle milk cleanser that deeply hydrates and comforts dry, sensitive skin. It soothes and calms redness. I use this cleansing milk in my classes as it effectively removes makeup, is gentle yet powerful enough to remove eye makeup and suits all.

MAKEUP PRO TIP Use to remove eye makeup. Choose this over a specific eye makeup remover every day of the week. It's gentle, hydrating and won't strip your delicate skin.

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TONE

SIMPLICITE HYDRATING FLORAL TONING LOTION

$36.30 for 125ml

OUR VERDICT A gentle facial toning spray formulated for combination/dry, oily skin and one for normal/dry skin. Both hydrate, refresh and calm skin. These antibacterial and soothing facial sprays are essential for the absorption of nutrients in face oils.

PRO TIP

Robin Lyons from Simplicite reminds me that ultimately how your skin was when you were younger is still the right range for you. Surface dehydration can muddy the waters. Had oily skin as a teen? Choose the combination/oily skin option.

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CLEMENCE ORGANICS TONE + HYDRATE SPRITZ $34.95 for 100ml

Award winning certified organic skincare range Clemence is formulated by Naturopath Bridget Camady. Bridget's story really resonated with me. She lost both her father and sister to cancer. Her passion for nurturing health and reducing cancer risk wherever possible is weaved into the fabric of the brand. When the skin absorbs around 60-80% of what we put on it, we need to take that seriously.

OUR VERDICT

Clemence Tone + Hydrate Spritz helps restore and maintain your skin's delicate mantel. This is so important for healthy, resilient skin. While this hydrating spritz is a natural antiseptic, it's anti inflammatory properties really help you with acne, inflammation and/or skin redness.

MAKEUP PRO TIP

Get spritzing to help set and refresh your makeup throughout the day.

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TREAT

All hail a good quality facial oil. The best antidote to stressed out, dehydrated dry skin.

PRO TIP Always mix your facial oil with a couple drops of water to help with absorption.

OCINIUM PAPYA & POMEGRANATE FACIAL OIL

$55 for 15 ml